It was one year ago today that my fraternity traveled to Washington, D.C. to the Franciscan Monastery to celebrate the Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi. Franciscans around the globe gather this evening before the Feast of St. Francis, to remember the passing of St. Francis from this world to Heaven. It is a beautiful rembrance that we all draw strength in preparing for the day of our own, when Sister Death will visit us.
I was honored to have Deacon Tom Bello sitting in front of me for the service at the Franciscan Monastery. Deacon Tom knew that Sister Death was knocking at his door, and he had much to offer before he was called to the Lord. It was directly after the service that Deacon Tom turned to me and said he had the idea for MercyHour and wanted to write daily inspirations during the Jubilee of Mercy. Thanks Deacon Tom for all of your writings, and we are expecting two books very soon with more inspirations.
— John Clem, O.F.S.
Transitus: St. Francis & Sister Death (Friar John Bamman)
Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi (Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M. – Dating God)
How to Celebrate the Transitus of St. Francis (National Catholic Register)