Franciscan Values in Action

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Franciscan Values in Action As I was contemplating on what to write about on Franciscan Values one thing would always come to mind, the Amish schoolhouse shootings in Nickel Mines, PA in 2006. A gunman killed five girls in a brutal attack on the school. I remember thinking how horrific it was and how I could not comprehend how a human being could be so violent and evil to be able to do that to young children. Then come to find out they actually forgave the gunman and held no grudges against his family, this was truly remarkable to me. I thought how can these people behave this way? I dismissed them as religious fanatics and admired them for their beliefs .I then soon forgot about it until now, while I was studying about the Franciscan Values it brought back those thoughts of that shooting, and how they forgave that gunman and his family, if anyone lived by those Franciscan Values it must be the Amish of Woodhull N.Y. Everything falls into place; they created a caring community by their love of god and the scriptures. They live this every day; they are in always church, it is wherever they are, it’s the particular way they dress and live, they are always showing their faith. By dressing the same, males one way, females another there is no emphasis on the individual which they consider boastful, thus respecting each other’s dignity. They foster loving relationship with their family and friends; there is no divorce in the Amish Community. The Amish will offer anyone hospitality and share whatever they have, there are no poor in the Amish community it thrives as a whole. The Amish are compassionate; there is no anger or resentment when something terrible happens to them or their community like a farm accident, or automobiles that strike their buggies or whatever it may be. They believe that its gods will and it is all part of the divine plan that cannot be…...

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