Before Semana Franciscana, I never really thought about bridges too much. I like looking at them and I have crossed many of them in my lifetime. Well bridges are actually a pretty cool object to reflect upon. A bridge connect two distinct locations that prior to the bridge being constructed, did not have a physical connection. Also a bridge cannot be built by one person alone, so you need to work together for the bridge to be built and for it to last. Building a bridge opens up so many more avenues to communication for the once separate locations. Now here I am talking just about physical bridges as the ones pictured below in a mural that was located at the entrance of the Primary school.
Building Fraternal Bridges out of love, respect, honer, faith, and hope is a tremendous task. I think that St. Francis helps to show us that. Based on the example of Jesus in the Gospels, St. Francis build fraternal bridges and laid the foundations for other bridges throughout his life. He built bridges between the rich and the poor, the healthy and the unhealthy (lepers), humanity and the rest of creation, contemplation and activity, Christians and Muslims, the people of God and the Pope, and humans with their God.
I am no expert on building fraternal bridges, but I am willing to try to build them anyway one day at a time with God as my guide.