St. Francis used to say we should prefer nothing to the salvation of souls, and he said so for this reason: It is for souls that the only begotten Son of God deigned to ascend the cross.
Major Life 9:4
It would appear that we are now concerned with every whim and doctrine that comes along...except for the salvation of souls:
"Let the brothers love one another, as the Lord says, 'This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you' (John 15:12).
"And let them show by their deeds the love they have for one another, as the Apostle says, 'Our love must be not just words or mere talk, but something active and genuine' (1 John 3:18).
"And they are 'not to go around slandering other people' (Titus 3:2); nor are they to grumble or speak evil, for it is written, 'Libelers and slanderers are enemies of God' (Romans 1:30). And they are 'to be peacable and gentle, and always polite to people of all kinds'" (Titus 3:2).
Rule of 1221 - Chapter XI
So why have we thrown everything that St. Francis believed in and followed hard-line Marxist, Communists?
Yes, there have been some evil men come out of the School of the America's, but is that any reason to shut something down that does so much good? It's like saying we should shut Richmond, Indiana down because the infamous Jimmie Jones came from there. Or should we go a step further, then, and shut Kool-Aid down because Jimmie Jones used it to kill off all his people?
Here is a letter from Sister Rachel West, The Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. Please tell me if she and these other people are following the way of St. Francis or not. Personally, I believe these people to be the ultimate of evil, but you decide for yourself...
"Led by the School of Americas (SOA) Watch frounder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, thousands of protesters marched in solemn procession to the gates of Fort Benning, GA, site of the SOA, on the afternoon of Sunday, November 18. Among the participants were Sisters Jacquelyn McKracken (whose article about the SOA protest appeared in the December 2 edition of the Indianapolis Star), Joan Miller and Maureen Irvin.
"They gathered to protest the continued existence of the school (now known officially as the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation) whose graduates they hold responsible for the murders and torture of thousands of innocent people throughout Latin America. But they gathered as well to protest ongoing wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan and violations of human rights throughout the world. More and more, the annoual SOA vigil, first begun in 1990 to call for the closing of the SOA, has evolved into a massive anti-was and pro-human rights rally, probably the largest in the United
..."This year's protest led, as they always have, to numerous arrests for trespass onto the base. Ten were arrested while entering through a side gate, and another for attempting to scale the main gate during the symbolic funeral procession. ....three other protesters, college students, were arrested and face charges for refusing to relinquish crosses whose size exceeded police regulations."
How sad. How very, very sad.