The Sultan in particular professed amazement at meeting a Christian who was also a person of peace and goodwill. Francis offered to be set on fire as a no-lose test — if he lived, it would be proof of the merits of the Christian religion but if he died, it would be because of his sins. Instead, the Sultan let him tour the historical sites in the Holy Land.
The Diplomatic Society is a global fraternity for Diplomats, Consuls,
and International Relations professionals.
The Society Cross has 12 points. These 12 points are in reference to the
Prayer of St Francis
” Lord make me an instrument of your peace.”
1. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
2. Where there is injury, pardon
3. Where there is doubt, faith
4. Where there is despair, hope
5. Where there is darkness, light
6. Where there is sadness, joy
”O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek”
7. To be consoled as to console
8. To be understood as to understand
9. To be loved as to love
10. For it is in giving that we receive
11. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned
12. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen
Charity and faith are essential characteristics of the Society.
Membership implies a duty to meditate with particular care
on the love of one’s neighbor, the sick, the poor, emigrants, refugees, and all those denied their basic human rights. Members should profess,
with all possible charity and humility the sentiments of noble and
chivalrous generosity. They should serve as an example to their friends,
families and community
Since Christ willed to be born poor, he chose for himself disciples who were poor. He made himself the servant of the poor and shared their poverty. He went so far as to say that he would consider every deed which either helps or harms the poor as done for or against himself. Since God surely loves the poor, he also love whose who love the poor. For when on person holds another dear, he also includes in his affection anyone who loves or serves the one he loves. That is why we hope that God will love us for the sake of the poor. So when we visit the poor and needy, we try to be understanding where they are concerned. We sympathize with them so fully that we can echo Paul’s words: “I have become all things to all men.” Therefore, we must try to be stirred by our neighbors’ worries and distress.
It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity. With renewed devotion, then, we must serve the poor, especially outcasts and beggars. They have been given to us as our masters and patrons.