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Father Frédéric: a captivating figure from the past

Father Frédéric: a captivating figure from the past

Father Frédéric, who had lived in the Holy Land, could keep crowds enthralled for hours.

After hearing him talk, hundreds of people decided to change their lives and become part of the large family of Saint Francis of Assisi, offering to live the message of Jesus (his Gospel).

One web user asked: “Is it still possible today to believe, to have faith in someone? (…) History clearly shows us that the greatest happiness is everyone for himself, right?”

My reply: The language of love is possible; it is as old as the world itself. Loving is enough. You also wanted to know, “How can someone from the past still inspire us today?” People from the past are not figures to be avoided. Learn to enter into the dance of faith in life. It’s a path to joy!

Roland Bonenfant, OFM