The Wishing Well
This was shot in the early morning in The Garden of Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, in San Diego, California. We tried to capture a different view by focussing on the reflection of the statue of St. Francis on the surface of The Wishing Well. Now a bit about St. Francis!
St. Francis of Assisi founded the Franciscan order of mendicant monks to which Father Serra belonged. Born and baptized as Giovanni de Bernardone approximately in 1182, as a youth he interested himself in games and parties, but forsake this carefree life after repeated visions and after renouncing his father’s mercantile way of life took vows of poverty. One of his visions at St. Damian’s Church near his home in Assisi was of an icon of Jesus Christ telling him to repair His house, which was in disrepair. Starting with St. Damian’s, rebuilding churches became a passion of St. Francis.
Some of the most popular stories about St. Francis concerns his love for animals. He and his followers would go from town to town, their preaching drawing larger and larger crowds. Once, during his travels, he stopped on his way to preach to birds, explaining to them that God provided them food, trees in which to nest and plumage, for which they were expected to do nothing in return except to love God. www.kerstenbeck.com