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Doing the Impossible

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; or you can live as if everything is a miracle.

—ALBERT EINSTEIN

Several years ago, I read a biography of St. Francis of Assisi. At the time, I had no idea that a man who died almost eight hundred years before I was born would cause me to leave my home and travel halfway across the world just so I could walk where he walked, sleep where he had slept, and pray where he had prayed.

Because of my schedule, December was the only time I could make the pilgrimage. My Italian friends discouraged me from going in the winter, but I was determined. It took seven ...

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