Amman: Terra Sancta College marks feast of St. Francis of Assisi

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Amman: Terra Sancta College marks feast of St. Francis of Assisi

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali celebrated Holy Mass at the Church of Terra Sancta College marking the Feast of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron the college on Wednesday, October 3.

The Mass concelebrated by College Director Fr. Rashid Mustrih, Deputy College Director Fr. Firas Hijazeen, First Counselor for the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman Monsignor Mauro Lalli. In attendance were a number of priests ans deacons, nuns, teachers, students, and a large number of believers.

In his homily, Bishop Shomali said: "St. Francis possessed the spirit of holiness. Sanctity neither refers to miracles nor to supernatural abilities, but love experienced in full. Sainthood is love and love is sainthood. St. Francis loved everyone, including all those who agreed or disagreed with his faith. He loved all creatures, nature and animals. He lived in peace with the universe and called all creatures his brethren, experienced love in full.”

He concluded his homily saying: “We came to pray so as to fulfill Lord Jesus Christ words, ‘Be holy, because I am holy’.”

St. Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally by following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit, and without a sense of self-importance.

A few people began to realize that this man was actually trying to be Christian. He really believed what Jesus said: “Announce the kingdom! Possess no gold or silver or copper in your purses, no traveling bag, no sandals, no staff” (Luke 9:1-3).

Francis’ first rule for his followers was a collection of texts from the Gospels. He had no intention of founding an order, but once it began he protected it and accepted all the legal structures needed to support it. His devotion and loyalty to the Church were absolute and highly exemplary at a time when various movements of reform tended to break the Church’s unity.

Francis was torn between a life devoted entirely to prayer and a life of active preaching of the Good News. He decided in favor of the latter, but always returned to solitude when he could. He wanted to be a missionary in Syria or in Africa, but was prevented by shipwreck and illness in both cases.

During the last years of his relatively short life, he died at 44, Francis was half blind and seriously ill. Two years before his death he received the stigmata, the real and painful wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and side.

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:09
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