Hi Hans, I think that you make some great points here. It is sad to think of how isolated and self-righteous Europe was. This serves as a very important example to us that before engaging with other faiths, we must be grounded in ours and have an understanding of the other religion. Imagine how different this period might have been with a bit of cultural competence and humility.
That’s encouraging to hear of the good that St Francis did – one person truly can make a difference!