Thursday, March 27, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Deo gratias - later this wonderful day
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Surrexit Christus, spes mea
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Easter Passion of the Iraqi Church
Archbishop Paulos Rahho, Martyr of the 'New
The Archbishop of Mosul, Paulos Faraj Rahho, has been found dead. It is not clear whether he was killed by his kidnappers or whether he died from his very poor health. If the latter this does not mitigate the kidnappers guilt, since by kidnapping him they deprived him of the medicine which he required on a daily basis.
Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly celebrated his requiem Mass in the Christian town of
Pope Benedict said "The Servant faced with an unjust condemnation bears witness to the truth, remaining faithful to the law of love. On this path, Archbishop Rahho took up his cross and followed the Lord Jesus, thus he contributed to bringing justice to his martyred country and to the whole world, bearing witness to the truth. He was a man of peace and dialogue ... with a particular fondness for the poor and the disabled. ... May his example sustain all Iraqis of good will, Christians and Muslims, to build peaceful coexistence founded on human fraternity and mutual respect".
The death of Archbishop Rahho brings the total number of clergy martyred in
I am reminded of the words of Archbishop Romero of
"How sad it would be, in a country where such horrible murders are committed, if there were no priests among the victims! A murdered priest is a testimonial of a church incarnate in the problems of the people... It is the glory of our church to have mixed its blood - the blood of its priests, catechists, and communities – with the massacres of the people, and ever to have borne the mark of persecution... A church that suffers no persecution, but enjoys the privileges and support of the powers of this world – that church has good reason to be afraid! But that church is not the true
On the Aid to the Church in Need website, ACN’s Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr. Joaquin Alliende, expressed gratitude for the life of this “good shepherd and successor of the apostles, whose only desire was to serve his people. His death is symbolic of all the innocent people who have lost their lives in
Paulos Faraj Rahho, Archbishop of
Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine. Et lux perpétua luceat eis.
Labels: Iraqi Christians
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The Bridal Party makes its Way
It is Holy Week - and it is hot. The schedule is here. Ensure lamps are trimmed for the journey. They will come in handy at Tenebrae.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Things are 'intensely' well, with opportunities to help little children grow in their faith - and watch them watch you, and then study and copy your every gesture, down to the particularities of one's thumbs.
Juventutem registrations and payments will be due by May 9th. Until then, you are able to pay in installments. We do need to finalise domestic transport as soon as possible. As ever, do consider registering.
Goodness, for the Lord's Goodness.