Passion

Leonardo's Last Passion Tour

I am writing you, right before Lent in this Year of Mercy, as I am about to head out for my last tour of The Passion According to Saint Luke. I opened this show in Lent of 1981, with a tour of Oregon. Little did I know that 35 years later, I would still have the honor of bringing the Gospel to life in front of thousands of people. I've performed this drama 425 times for more than 125,000 people.

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Prayers from the Cross

"The pain in my outstretched arms, fixed motionless on our giant wooden cross, was intense."

I was performing the crucifixion in a Lenten performance of The Passion According to Saint Luke, with the two thieves projected on the screen behind me. It had been a long tour, and I was tired. Reaching out my hands, I proclaimed the words of Christ, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

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Passion Reflections and Pope Francis

My Dear Friends,

THE PASSION ACCORDING TO SAINT LUKE tour was very full; I traveled to six states with my son, John, as technical assistant, performing for more than 6,000 people. And in the midst of it all, the Church was given Pope Francis!

To think that poor little Saint Francis walked to Rome in his rags to beg Pope Innocent III for permission to start an order dedicated to living out the gospel in humility and poverty, and now, some 800 years later, our Holy Father has chosen his name to lead the Church!

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