Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church
Dear Members and Friends of
Saint Francis of Assisi Church,
Welcome to our parish web site.
Whether parishioner or visitor, may you find the peace of Christ and abundant blessings from our parish community. Please explore our website to see how Saint Francis of Assisi Parish can become part of your faith journey. We look forward to meeting you!
In the Peace of Christ,
Father Tien Duong, Pastor
Peace Prayer reflecting the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi
by an anonymous c.1912
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Dear Friends in Christ,
The responsorial psalm today encourages us to “Praise the Lord.” Why do we praise the Lord? According to the psalm it is because the Lord sets captives free; the Lord loves the just; the Lord protects strangers; the Lord sustains the fatherless and the widow; the Lord gives sight to the blind; the Lord raises up the humble and thwarts the way of the wicked.
Have you and I ever been in the situation(s) where we received these blessings from God?
When we are captured by Satan through falling into his trap and committing sin, God sets us free by breaking the chain of sin through the sacrament of reconciliation. He unlocks the door of prison to set us free by the key of love and mercy, and we are the one to “open wide” that door to get out.
When we follow His laws and commandments,God loves us more. We will be blessed in whatever we do. The law of the Lord must be the lantern for our lives.
When people look at us as strangers because we try to practice His law of love (love your enemy; pray for those who persecute you; forgive not seven times but seventy time seven; serve others not be served, and so forth), God protects us. When we feel lonely or are oppressed, God sustains us.
When we blind ourselves to God’s law because of our ego, arrogance or ignorance but acknowledge our faults later, God gives us sight again. When we bow before His wisdom and submit ourselves completely to His, he lifts us up.
Each of us might go through all of these or just some of these situations, so “Praise the Lord, my soul.” Our praises must go unceasingly; our faith in God must always be nurtured; our trust in God must not be questioned; our love for God must be mature. Absolutely when we do all these things, they do not bring any more glory to God, for God is so perfect; however, all these things will bring us close to God and one day will bring us to Heaven.
Will God accept our praises while we are ignoring “the Lazarus-like” around us, like what the rich man in today’s Gospel did to the poor man Lazarus?
We have the Law of God (the law which no one can change or dares attempt to change) and the teaching of the Church (the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church that Jesus established), but do we truly listen, accept and practice them?
If we do not want to listen, accept and practice God’s law and teaching through the teaching of the Church, then we should not be “bothered” praising God for there is a “great chasm” between our soul and God, caused not by God, but ourselves.
May we always praise God from the rising of the sun to its setting! Praise the Lord, my soul.
Peace in Christ,
St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church
299 Maple Street
Franklin, NC 28734
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Benediction 3:30 pm
First Friday 10:00 am until
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