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…and they follow me

by May 9, 2022Friar Reflection

The people heard that parishioners from St. Francis in Triangle had gone to St. Fulani to celebrate a Tridentine Rite Mass. And so when they returned they were confronted and asked, “You went to a Tridentine Mass and worshiped with them. How could you be associated with those people?”

The people heard that parishioners from St. Francis in Triangle had gone to an ecumenical prayer service with Muslims, Jews, and Protestants. When they returned they were confronted and asked, “You went to an ecumenical prayer service and consorted with unbelievers, terrorists, and apostates.”

The people heard that parishioners from St. Francis in Triangle had gone to a Pro-Life Rally and Legislative Day in Richmond and advocated for a ban on abortions. When they  returned they were confronted and asked, “Are you against women’s rights? You lobbied with those people who care about the unborn but have no time for those born into poverty.”

The people heard that parishioners from St. Francis in Triangle had gone to a Prince William County Board of Supervisors Meeting and advocated to stop the development of data centers and to leave the forest lands undeveloped. When they returned they were confronted and asked, “Why are you against business and capital progress? Are you one of those socialist?”

Peter went to the city of Joppa and when he returned he was confronted by those who wanted to know how he could share a meal with the uncircumcised.

All from the one flock led by the One Good Shepherd: “The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out….the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.

All hearing the voice of the Shepherd; all following in the path shown to them.

 

 

 

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