Father Frans’ story. Worth reading especially at Easter.
While the Catholic Church apparently has enough evidence to “canonize” (make the measure of faith) two popes. . .
those who might be better examples of “living their faith” may just be overlooked.
Like Father Frans, an unconventional Dutch Jesuit Priest who was just shot to death in Syria (BBC)
In the early 1990s. . .Frans was given a few acres of flat agricultural land about 15km south-west of Homs. He called it al-Ard – the earth – and he used it to create a spiritual centre that had no precedent in Syria.
“It’s simple, like the earth,” Frans said. “That’s all.”
The dirt track that led from the main road to al-Ard ran between olive groves and vineyards. Frans didn’t use weed-killers or pesticides and there were wild flowers everywhere. In the centre of the land was a vegetable garden where perhaps a dozen…
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