Italy 22 September: Rieti - Amatrice
We started our day at a beautiful little monastery just outside Rieti which is run by some very kind monks. They impressed us with their extraordinary calm and serene appearance.
This monastery happened to be the place where Saint Francis of Assisi visited and stayed and where he made the rules that were later observed by the monks from his order.
One of the monks kindly told us the story behind Saint Francis´s eye operation and his prayer that made him endure the enormous pain that went along with it.
Fabrizio is a wonderful priest who has offered his kind service to the Peace Run in previous years. He is a pillar of the community in both Rieti, Amatrice and the region.
The good thing about renting a car in Italy is that it always tells you when it is time for your next cappucino:)
Seeing all these broken or cracked buildings makes you realize how fragile everything man-made actually is.
300 people lost their lives in the earthquake. There is not a single person in the town who didn't lose a near or dear one.
There are many provisorial containers in Amatrice because so many buildings were destroyed by the earthquake.
Buying Peace Run Essentials: toilet paper, lighters, nutella. (You can see the team very happy behind)