Churches destroyed in Syria
Lord have mercy…
Everyone, please, pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters!
"There used to be widespread sharing of sacred space. I have seen Syrian Christians coming to sacrifice sheep at the Muslim shrine of Nebi Uri, while at the nearby Christian convent of Seidnaya, I found the congregation in the church consisted not principally of Christians but instead of heavily bearded Muslim men and their shrouded wives. As the priest circled the altar with his thurible, the men prayed as if in the middle of Friday prayers at a great mosque. Their women, some dressed in full black chador, mouthed prayers from the shadows of the narthex. A few, closely watching the Christian women, went up to the icons and kissed them. They had come, so they told me, to Our Lady of Seidnaya, to ask her for children. Now that precious multi-ethnic and multi-religious patchwork is in danger of being destroyed forever."
— William Dalrymple, A Point of View: A long winter for Christians in the Middle East
Let us be afraid of being deprived of sufferings more than a miser is of his treasure. Sufferings are the jewels of Jesus Crucified… The more painful the cross, the greater our advantage. The more contradictory creatures are with us, the dearer we will be to our Creator. A single moment of tribulation assures an immense weight of glory. Never to suffer would be the greatest danger for us.
—St Paul of the Cross
Let my eyes shed tears, night and day, let them never cease,
for the virgin daughter of my people is afflicted with a great affliction,
with the worst of all wounds.
Men are generally the carpenters of their own crosses.
—St Philip Neri
If you want to come where I am going, that is, to glory, you must come this road, that is, through thorns.
—St Philip Neri
Daughter, embrace the Cross and for My sake look on all sweet things as bitter, and all bitter things as sweet, and so be certain that you will always be strong.
— Our Lord to St Catherine of Siena
The Christian path is a long, arduous one. It is the path to Calvary. It is the path to pain and sacrifice. It is also the path to true love, beauty, hope and ‘at Your right hand, happiness forever.’