Many experts on the life of St. Francis have speculated as to why Francis travelled to Egypt at that time. Was it simply a pilgrimage to the Holy Sites? There are those who think he wanted to be martyred. Some believe he wanted to share his gift of peace with the sultan. Hagiographers writing to promote Francis’ piety and worthiness to sainthood prefer the martyr theory. No one really knows for sure the reason for his journey but we do know that Francis believed he could spread peace by being humble and submitting himself to others in brotherly love.
We do know his foray into the sultan’s territory did not bring him martyrdom and that since his visit with Al-Malik, the Franciscan order has been welcome in Muslim territory. In fact, the Holy Land Franciscans are celebrating over 800 years of living, working, and guiding pilgrims in the Holy Land. The only restriction given by the sultan to Francis was that the brothers refrain from preaching against Mohammad.
Can you imagine what the world would be like today if all the ambassadors of Christ to the Muslims were models of Francis of Assisi? by Debbie Richard ofs
This is a touching recording that gives an insight into the heart of Jean Vanier. Listen to it here
Dear brothers and sisters in Francis and Clare,
Like many of you I was shocked to hear about the sex scandals in Pennsylvania involving its Catholic clergy. My first reaction was to tuck my head in and hide... but prayer and sober thought from the Holy Spirit nixed that idea. This is a time for us to stand up, speak out, and show we are Franciscans by our actions, not words.
The following article speaks to that eloquently. The article resonates deep within me. Still I cannot speak for everyone and I am aware that many of our members will find it hard to read this article, or understand their own role in promoting clericalism. The article provokes us to reconsider our role as baptized Christians and as professed Franciscans, because it does, it is a form of examination of conscience and I encourage all of you to read it.
- May the Peace of Christ and Francis, disturb you. - Michel David,ofs, Reg Minister
National Catholic Reporter by Thomas Rosica - Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica is the founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network in Canada.
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