Second, frankly, because we sisters find ourselves in a place not unfamiliar to that, that St Francis of Assisi (our founder) did over 800 years ago. For those who don't know the story, St Francis was in the church of San Damiano asking the Lord what he was to do. Our Lord replied 'Francis rebuild my house which you see is falling down.' So St Francis did.
St Francis begged stones from the people of Assisi and rebuilt not just San Damiano but other churches also. San Damiano became the monastery of the Poor Clare's. So why do I tell you this! Well, we feel these words are repeated in our day 'rebuild my house which you see is falling down.'
Our monastery is literally falling down round us.