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A Solemn Mass presided by the Very Rev.Father Francesco Patton OFM, Custos of the Holy Landon the occasion of his first official visit in Tripoli

Monday 17 September, Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi. 
The Holy Mass on this occasion, presided by Father Rashid Mistrih (Regional Minister) and a participation of several Franciscan Fathers in St. Francis Convent - Mina.
His Holiness Pope Benedict XII allowed the Franciscan Order to celebrate annually the Stigmata of the Lord in the body of St. Francis
The wounds were applied to the body of St. Francis when he and one of his brothers went up to a mountain called Laverna in Tuscania region –Italy, where he wanted to spend some time contemplating prayer and worship at the Holy Cross Feast and after forty days of fasting on the same mountain. When he prayed a Person appeared from a light had six glittering wings, the Sarovem had two high wings above his head, two flying wings and two wings covered his full body.
Francis lowered his face to the ground and bowed reverently. When he opened his eyes, he saw the traces of the nails in his hands and feet, and was hurting him, Francis was rolling with pain so he could not stand on his feet.
St. Francis spent many hours contemplating the sufferings of the Lord Jesus and his wounds; His intense desire was to test the intensity of those pains. St. Francis carried these surgeries until his death, even though he was suffering from the intensity of his pain, and he rejoiced in his soul.

The Italian Poet Dante Alighieri wrote in 1300 the Divina Commedia"Paradise 11":
In the raw stone between Tevere and Arno
From Christ he took the last seal 
That his members carried for two years

Sunday 30 of September 2018 a group of Syrian refugees visited our Convent in Tripoli and spent all the day doing many activities. 
First of all a little speech given by Fr. Quirico Calella the Superior of our Convent then all the group went to play Football and BasketBall in the courtyard.
After that a Mass presided by the Franciscan father’s 
Fr. Samhar Isaac and Fr. Jihad Krayem OFM.
At the end of the day all the group accompanied by their guides made a promenade to the Corniche in Mina and the Cow's (Baqar) Island.

What you hold, may you always hold.
What you do, may you always do and never abandon. But with swift pace, light step, and unswerving feet, so that even your steps stir up no dust, go forward securely, joyfully and swiftly, on the path of prudent happiness, believing nothing, agreeing with nothing which would dissuade you from this resolution or which would place a stumbling block for you on the way, so that you may offer your vows to the Most High in the pursuit of the perfection to which the Spirit of the Lord has called you.

St. Clara of Assisi

Happy All Saints day

Where there is Charity and wisdom
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Where there is patience and humility 
there is neither anger nor worry.
Where there is poverty and joy 
there is neither cupidity nor avarice.
Where there is quiet and meditation
there is neither solicitude nor dissipation.
Where there is the fear of the Lord to guard
the house the enemy cannot find a way to enter.
Where there is mercy and discretion 
there is neither superfluity nor hard-heartedness.

Saint Ludvic (Louis IX) King of France (1215-1270) Patron of the Franciscan third Order.
Born in 1215, Lous IX at 15 years of age, became King. Educated as a Christian King by his saintly mother, Saint Louis undertook two Crusades to the Holy Land.
In Lebanon until today there is a Castle on his name on the sea in front of Saida.
He died at Tunis in 1270

O God,who brought Saint Louis
from the cares of earthly rule
to the glory of a heavenly realm,
grant, we pray, through his intercession,
that, by fulfilling our duties on earth,
we may seek out your eternal Kingdom.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN.

Thursday, October 4th  St. Francis Convent - Mina celebrated the day of its Patron Saint, the Founder of the Franciscan Order, St. Francis of Assisi with a Solemn Holy Mass presided by Father Toufic Abou Merhi OFM with a participation of Franciscan Friars and sisters and believers from Tripoli-Mina, Beyrouth and Adonis.
After Mass and the cocktail all friars and sisters went to a dinner celebrating the occasion
Our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi lived in Italy during the late 12th and beginning of13th centuries (1182-1226). He is remembered for his poverty, generosity to the poor’s and for his love to the animals and nature. St Francis died at Portiuncula Santa Maria deli Angela, Assisi, Italy on October 4, 1226.
Pope Gregory IX declared St Francis a Saint in 1228.

Let us refer all good to the Lord God Almighty and most high, acknowledge that every good is his, and thank him, "from whom all good comes, for everything. May he, the Almighty and Most high, the only true God, Have, be given, and receive
All Honor and respect,
All praise and blessing,
All thanks and glory,
to whom all good belongs,
he who alone is good.

Happy St. Francis Day