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.
Friends in Christ,
Last week I mentioned the Seven Deadly Sins. In that list, “Pride” is the first to be listed. You remember the story of the Fall of Adam and Eve in the first book of the Bible: Genesis. Pride was there in their minds and their will when they were tempted. Their pride led them to the disobedience to God, not trusting God completely. The consequences of the sin of pride are death, suffering, illness, sinful desires/tendencies … (losing the supernatural graces).
The sin of pride will lead people to ignore God, to reject Him and His love, to think they are gods themselves, and of course many souls fall into Hell, the Kingdom of Darkness, by themselves. Though God destined for all to be with Him in heaven, He does not “force” any human being to be with Him in heaven forever. He always “respects” the gift that He gives only to human beings: FREE-WILL. We do have free-will to say yes or no to the authority of God and His will.
Those who say that they are atheists know, in the depth of their hearts, there is God; they are just denying or deceive themselves. Is that “pride?”Yes, this is the sin that causes many souls to “live” in Hell for eternity. You do not want to hear it, but you must know it.
How dangerous the sin of pride is! Did the Devils try to tempt us with this sin? Or did they give up? No, they never give up. With this sin their Kingdom of Darkness flourishes, so why would they give it up. Instead they “develop” a big and clever way to do it, but the basic way is the same: “everything is OK!” “Does God really tell you that?” “There is no black and white.” “There is no Hell.” “God will not punish you for that for He is so merciful.”
Remember that God desires for us to live forever in His Kingdom of Light.
With pride people will not accept that they have sinned against God; with pride people will not repent for what they have done wrong; with pride people will not obey God’s laws and decrees; with pride people voluntarily put themselves in the hand of Satan or carry out Satan’s “happy plan;” with pride people want to overthrow God, control God or to be God. Without the virtue of HUMILITY (everyone knows it), we will fall into this sin; we open the door for the Prince of Darkness.
In today’s Gospel the Samaritan woman at the well with humility recognizes that Jesus is the “living water,” the Savior of the world, the “Christ” who is to come, and she believes. Her belief leads others to believe in Jesus.
Friends, are you practicing the virtue of humility? We do have a chance this week on Thursday evening, March 23rd at 5 pm at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church to practice the virtue of humility when we come to confess our sins and ask God for forgiveness as an individual and as a community.
I will see many humble souls and contrite hearts on that day!
May we celebrate Easter with joy and peace from God. Amen.
St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church
299 Maple Street
Franklin, NC 28734
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