The Sultan and the Saint goes to India

The Franciscan Action Network has been working for more than 2 years on a project promoting the docu-drama, The Sultan and the Saint. Produced by our friends at Unity Productions Foundation, the film is a powerful depiction of Muslim-Christian encounter as told through the story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt.

This year is the 800th anniversary of this historic meeting in 1219. To celebrate, FAN has reinvigorated our efforts to have the film screened all over the globe.

The following is a report from the coordinator of one such screening, written by Fr. Victor Edwin SJ.

The docudrama THE SULTAN AND THE SAINT was screened at the Presentation Convent School Auditorium [in India] for the students of Eighth Grade of the same school.

Students watched the movie with great interest. After the movie in an interesting conversation conducted by Lakshmi Menon one of the organizers of the event.

Children felt that it is a crime to dehumanize the other and make people fight one another. Crusades were the fruit of such campaign, they said.

Children felt that it’s a pity that still politicians and vested interests people cleverly dehumanize others for polarizing people to strengthen their political and economic interest.

God raises people like Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al Kamil and give them courage to reach out to others for building Peace. Desire for peace comes from God, one girl affirmed. Peace requires wisdom said a girl.

Children emphasized that only courageous people could strive for peace. They were amazed by the mercy of Sultan in his act of feeding and protecting enemies and their horses. Has not Jesus said, Love your enemies, asked a little girl.

One girl pointed out that God inspires small and insignificant people to raise up to speak for God … speak for Peace. It is the divine paradigm!

It was an amazing morning of learning for us to be with children and to listen to their wisdom. Lakshmi asked the kids how many of them are ready to be messengers of peace. Everyone raised hands foe Peace.

We the organizers return home wondering the marvels of God that are revealed through the wisdom of Children.

Submitted by Fr. Victor Edwin, SJ

Published in: on August 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

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