WITHOUT BORDERS 3. There is an episode in the life of Saint Francis that shows his openness of heart, which knew no bounds and transcended differences of origin, nationality, colour or religion. It was his visit to Sultan Malik-el-Kamil, in Egypt, which entailed considerable hardship, given Francis’ poverty, his scarce resources, the great distances to be traveled and their differences of language, culture and religion. That journey, undertaken at the time of the Crusades, further demonstrated the breadth and grandeur of his love, which sought to embrace everyone. Francis’ fidelity to his Lord was commensurate with his love for his brothers and sisters. Unconcerned for the hardships and dangers involved, Francis went to meet the Sultan with the same attitude that he instilled in his disciples: if they found themselves “among the Saracens and other nonbelievers”, without renouncing their own identity they were not to “engage in arguments or disputes, but to be subject to every human creature for God’s sake”. In the context of the times, this was an extraordinary recommendation. We are impressed that some eight hundred years ago Saint Francis urged that all forms of hostility or conflict be avoided and that a humble and fraternal “subjection” be shown to those who did not share his faith.
Bishops say ‘Rosary for America’ Oct. 7 imperative for a country in crisis…The event will premiere at 3 p.m. Eastern time (12 p.m. Pacific time) via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ YouTube channel. Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez, USCCB president, who announced the event Sept. 30, has invited several bishops from different regions of the U.S. to pray a part of the rosary.
Biden doubles down on abortion law pledge…Kirsten Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, responded to Biden’s renewed pledge, saying it was “sad to see [Biden] move from recognizing the humanity of preborn children to pledging to make abortion the law of the land if elected.”
i have to admit that biden’s latest stance on abortion has thrown my conscience into uncertainty. as i participate in today’s ‘Rosary for America’ my intention will be that without renouncing my own identity that i not “engage in arguments or disputes, but to be subject to every human creature for God’s sake”.