September 17th was a Franciscan festival.
It was the day we remembered Francis receiving the Stigmata or the five wounds of Christ; in his hands, his feet and his side.
It sounds quite bizarre to us ia the 21st Century, perhaps?
But towards the end of his life St Francis experienced a miracle that, for him, was the climax of his whole spiritual journey.
Stigmatics, as they are called, have been documented from the 13th century.
Some people displayed the five .wounds of Christ.
Some had wounds on the forehead, as if from a crown of thorns.
Some had wounds on their backs, as if they had been whipped.