|Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF|
CHICAGO -- Franciscan theologian Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, reminded
attendees at the 18th Quinquennial Congress that St. Francis of Assisi had wanted
to be a famous knight until he smashed into the reality of battle, ending up as
a prisoner of war and ill. But it's often when times are tough that God speaks
to us, she noted, and touches our heart.
"The key to Francis…is not the mind, but the heart,"
said Sister Ilia, whose two keynote talks highlighted day 2 of the "Q".
The morning presentation addressed the conference theme, "Why Francis?
Claim the Gift." The afternoon talk zeroed in on a Franciscan view of God.
After each presentation, attendees broke into small groups,
or "fraternities," to reflect on and discuss a series of questions
related to Sister Ilia's topics.
Francis demonstrates, she said, that "the way to search
for God begins within… begins with the heart."