Amman: Mass at Terra Sancta College to mark Feast of St. Francis

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Amman: Mass at Terra Sancta College to mark Feast of St. Francis

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The Custody of the Holy Land (Franciscan) in Jordan, has celebrated the feast of its founder St. Francis of Assisi, by celebrating Mass at the Church of Terra Sancta College, which was presided by the Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali.

This Mass coincides with the Custody of the Holy Land’s celebrations marking 800 years of services in the Holy Land and the Middle East. The Mass was attended by Apostolic Nuncio to Jordan Monsignor Alberto Ortega Martin, Ambassador of Italy to Jordan Giovanni Brauzzi, a number of priests and nuns, and a large number of believers.

In his homily, Bishop Shomali spoke about the life of St. Francis, saying that he preferred to follow Lord Jesus and the life of piety and abandon the life of luxury; he was canonized as he built spiritual churches with the words of the Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ.

He added; "Let us learn the principle of common living and compassion from St. Francis. Let us learn to spread peace and eliminate arms, to entrench love, and to proclaim hope when despair prevails. St. Francis left a great legacy, namely the Franciscan Order, which bears his name and continues the mission he started. "

It is to be noted that St. Francis of Assisi abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty. He is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Born in Italy circa 1181, St. Francis of Assisi was renowned for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned for ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison—awaiting his father's payment—and began receiving visions from God. After his release from prison, Francis heard the voice of Christ, who told him to repair the Christian Church and live a life of poverty. Consequently, he abandoned his life of luxury and became a devotee of the faith, his reputation spreading all over the Christian world. Later in life, Francis reportedly received a vision that left him with the stigmata of Christ—marks resembling the wounds Jesus Christ suffered when he was crucified—making Francis the first person to receive such holy wounds. He was canonized as a saint on July 16, 1228.

During his life he also developed a deep love of nature and animals and is known as the patron saint of the environment and animals; his life and words have had a lasting resonance with millions of followers across the globe. Each October, many animals the world over are blessed on his feast day.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 13:12
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