WINDED CROPPED (N. BAKER)Notes from the End of the Road

December 24, 2022


In September 2022, Father Jim announced the Assisi Project’s 15th Anniversary Fundraiser! Our goal has been to raise $15,000 before Christmas Day in order to create a guest speakers program, a scholarship program, and assist local parishes with special projects. Thanks to your generous and overwhelming support, we have now raised $17,195. Donations came from all around the world — from people we have known for years and from people we have never met. In the end, we received 180 donations, including dozens and dozens of anonymous donations. As our first-ever fundraiser comes to a close, we pray for all of our friends, followers, and benefactors; and we pray especially for the following people who gave from the heart:

Jim A.
Meghan A.
Ed & Mary A.
Michael B.
Linda B.
Patricia B.
Mary B.
Peter B.
Mark B.
Gordon B.
Phyllis C.
Rita C.
Barbara C.
Sam C.
Gretchen C.
Dorothea C.
Carol C.
David & Martha C.
Bibiane D.
Dan & Nancy D.
Maryann D.
Alessandro D.
Dan & Jenn D.
Barbara D.
Ed & Kate D.
Jolene E.
Aimee F.
Cliff G.
Grace F.
Gary & Geri G.
Philip G.
Alison & Jason G.
Cecelia G.
Joe & Joanne G.
Beth G.
Suzanne H.
Rosemary I.
Rocky J.
Annette K.
Irene K.
Elizabeth K.
Eleanor K.
Debora K.
Bill & Cathy K.
Bob & Rosa L.
Leonard L.
Kathryn L.
Elfriede L.
Donna L.
Theresa M.
Laura M.
Jean M.
Jane M.
Patricia M.
Doreen M.
Michael M.
Kathy M.
Fr. Bill M.
Tom & Donna M.
Betty M.
Christina M.
Fr. Mark N.
Carlo O.
Helen O.
LuAnn P.
Janice P.
Philip P.
Cynthia P.
Jennifer P.
Maria P.
John & Liz P.
Fern P.
Richard P.
MaryAnn R.
Sefatia R.
Jane R.
Michelle S.
Emma S.
Art & Lucy S.
Jeanne S.
Dee S.
Virginia S.
Deborah S.
Lori T.
Rita V.
Maureen V.
Betsy W.
Rosemarie Z.

We also thank our good friends in the Madonna del Rosario Society for their generous support.

In a special way, we pray for and offer deepest thanks to the anonymous benefactor who donated more than $1,500 in matching gifts in memory of Connie McGrath (1958-2020), who was a dear friend and founding member of the Assisi Project who is forever missed by all who were touched by her faith, kindness, and generous spirit.

As we celebrate these gifts and celebrate the greatest gift of all that is born among us at Christmas, we also pray for the gift of humility and we reflect on Making Our Small Souls Great, a prayer-poem that was written long ago by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972).

Making Our Small Souls Great
By Abraham Joshua Heschel

To pray is to regain a sense of the mystery
that animates all beings,
the divine margin in all attainments.
Prayer is our humble answer
to the inconceivable surprise of living.
It is all we can offer in return.
Who is worthy to be present
at the constant unfolding of time?
Here we are amidst the meditation of the land,
the songs of the water,
the humility of the flowers,
flowers wiser than all alphabets.
Suddenly we feel embarrassed,
ashamed of our complaints and clashes
in the face of tacit glory.
How strange we are in the world!
Only one response can maintain us:
Gratefulness for the gift
of our unearned chance to serve,
to wonder, to love life and each other.
It is gratefulness that makes our small souls great.

Finally, we pray for all who have asked us to pray for them all around the world.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Brothers and sisters all! May the Lord give you peace!

Peace and all good,

Cliff Garvey
The Assisi Project



Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with friends and followers around the world. We are dedicated to helping Christian believers of all ages more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. The Assisi Project is a non-profit, tax exempt charitable organization. All are welcome to support our ministry via PayPal or by mailing a tax-deductible donation to the Assisi Project, Post Office Box 3158, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01931-3158. For more information about the Assisi Project, please contact Cliff Garvey at May the Lord give you peace!

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Art Credit: Winded (Detail) by Nancy T. Baker