Religion Today has an amazing post online, quoting a pastor from Syria who expresses why he stays amidst the threat of violence:
I weep for my country! I am so sad and speechless…
They advise me to leave my country … to emigrate. I respond saying:
- I’m staying … for the church of Jesus … that the message of Jesus may remain a light guiding those who are lost and afraid.
- I’m staying … because the harvest is plentiful … and the suffering is huge … a deep wound, a sense of despair.
- I’m staying … to follow in the footsteps of my Master who went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil.
- I’m staying … because I’m busy in the ministry of saving souls (or can someone like me run. … Lord give me strength).
Visit Religion Today for the rest of the article, including this pastor’s poignant prayer.
A question for you: Did your parish priest mention the crisis in Syria in yesterday’s homily? Have you been keeping abreast of the situation?