WINDED CROPPED (N. BAKER)Notes from the Hermitage


Translated from Italian to English, Campo dei Santi means the Field of Saints. It is a little hermitage at the end of the road where God is present in the passage of time, in the changing of seasons, and in the quiet prayers of a Franciscan solitary. It is a small place on the map of the world; and it is a light that burns in the heart of every person. It is a prayer of petition; a point of refuge; a place where light battles darkness for the life of a soul. The hermitage is both within and without; a place of emptiness and understanding; a place of silent suffering and consolation.

From this field of saints, thoughts and prayers are shared by a solitary pilgrim for God’s sake and for the salvation of souls. Over time, readers may find poems and prayers, words wise and whimsical, and links to worthwhile reads and reflections. During these troubled times, we should remember this cry from the heart of Saint Francis of Assisi: “This is our vocation: to heal wounds, to bind what is broken, to bring home those who are lost.” All who read this blog are remembered in the daily prayers of the hermitage. If you have a prayer request, please contact Brother Enoch at

Art: Winded (Detail) by Nancy T. Baker


Sunday, March 27, 2022


God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment, and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children,
at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Anglican Communion



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