The Cardinal Vicar of Rome Angelo De Donatis presided over the beatification of Father François Marie de la Croix Jordan, founder of the Society of the Divine Savior and of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior, saying that the testimony of his holiness “is transmitted in the hands of each of us. “
By Amedeo Lomonaco
“Blessed Francis’ charismatic intuition has guided many women and men of different nations and languages to follow the Gospel and through the work of the Salvatorian family has helped spread the message of salvation to over 50 countries.” The Cardinal Vicar of Rome Angelo De Donatis underlined this point during the Mass celebrated in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran with the rite of beatification of Father Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, founder of the Society of the Divine Savior and of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior.
Three dimensions and two verbs
Cardinal De Donatis, recalling the testimony of the new Blessed, underlined three dimensions. “The first is to meditate on Scripture”: it is only by “learning to know” Scripture, by reading it and meditating on it, “that one acquires spiritual wisdom for proclamation”. The second dimension is the missionary work of Blessed Francis of the Cross: “Announce to all in order to save all. The third dimension he underlined is apostolic communion, “the unity to which we are called to bear witness in life”. The cardinal then insisted on the two verbs which come up many times in the texts of Blessed Francis: “to announce” and “to save”, words which must also resonate today, which need “an announcement of love, ‘a perspective of salvation, with a gaze towards heaven, towards eternity, to overcome emptiness, boredom, apathy, indifference, superficiality “.
A life dedicated to the mission
Bro. François Marie de la Croix Jordan spent his life with a mission: that of carrying and making known the words of Jesus. Born June 16, 1848, he entered the seminary at the age of 29 and was ordained a priest in 1878. During his stay in the Holy Land, he had the inspiration to found a work entirely dedicated to the propagation of the faith. On December 8, 1881, he founded the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) in Rome. Seven years later, he founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) in Tivoli, Italy. In 1893, the Congregation of Propaganda Fide entrusted the apostolic prefecture of the mission of Assam in India to the Salvatorians. At the first General Chapter of the Society of the Divine Savior in 1902, he was elected Superior General for life. With the outbreak of the First World War, he moved to Friborg. He died on September 8, 1918 in Tafers, Switzerland.
Inspired by the works of the first apostles
Cardinal De Donatis focused his homily on also recalling specific moments in the life of Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan, noting how the new Blessed had fully understood “the evangelizing power of apostolic communion, of harmony between people who proclaim the Gospel “.
Founding the Apostolic Society of the Divine Savior with the aim of proclaiming Christ Revealer of the one true God who saves, he wanted to unite priests, consecrated persons and the laity. He was inspired to create a group, a society of people in which all charisms and ministries would shine and be expressed and fulfilled. He hoped that by sharing a single charism, the members of the Apostolic Society would be inspired by the testimony, the words and the works of the first apostles.
The Salvatorian family
“Today, the witness of the holiness of Blessed Jordan, concluded Cardinal De Donatis, has passed into the hands of each of us. He is entrusted to the Salvatorian family. The Society of the Divine Savior is an international religious congregation. Today, the members of the Company are engaged in apostolic activities in 40 countries around the world. The Sisters of the Divine Savior are present in various regions and are committed to building bridges of charity and justice with the peoples of whole world.