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,
This is my first letter that I write to you as I begin my 10th year at Saint Francis of Assisi Church as your Pastor. The first thing that I want to say to you is “May the Peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
Peace is the first thing that Jesus wants His disciples to extend to people. If they are peaceful persons, God’s peace will come and stay with them. If they are not, peace will come back to the disciples. So, I want to say to each and every one of you once again: May the peace of Jesus Christ, our Lord, be with you and remain in you.
Friends, in the gospel of this weekend, Jesus reminds us about the enemy (Satan and his followers), of the kingdom of God, and how God is so patient in dealing with those (the wicked, the evil doers, the bad ones who try to drag people away from the love of God) who follow His enemy. God lets/allows them to live together with the good people who follow and practice God’s laws and commandments faithfully. God lets the rain fall on the good and the bad, and the sun shine on all people.
Keep in mind that every human being was good from the beginning when God created us. When we misuse our free-will by following our own desires against God's commandments, law, decrees . . ., we bring “the bad things” into our lives and we become slaves to Satan who has the fullness of understanding of the consequences when we rebel against God.
There is one day - the day that God will send His angels to collect the evil doers as collecting weeds to burn them with fire which never quenches.
In our time we have witnessed many bad or evil moral decisions from those in authority, and it seems that those who advocate or promote these bad moral decisions are winning. They laugh at God’s commandments; they insult the Church and her teachings; they blame the Church, and so forth. And guess what? God lets the weeds and the wheat grow together. At the time of the final harvest, the weeds will be gathered not to keep, but to be burned. The wheat will be gathered and kept.
Friends, pray for fortitude and courage to stand firm on the faith which we received from God through the Apostles. Do not be discouraged when you see the evil doers or the wicked “prosper and become powerful” Stand firm in God; faithfully follow God’s decrees; do what God commands; love God and His Church; repent for what you have done wrong, and then, we can sing: “Lord, you are good and forgiving.”
Peace in Christ,
St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Church
299 Maple Street
Franklin, NC 28734
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