Having a look at the photo gallery of National Geographic’s article, Portraits Capture Unexpected Reactions to ISIS Beheadings, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the words Jesus said to the eleven at the Last Supper, right before he began what is known as the High Priestly Prayer, [Read more…]
Pray for them. Pray for peace, justice, a cessation of bloodshed, and that the conflagration that has erupted there ends soon. [Read more…]
Valdimir Putin in the New York Times, writing with poise about the de-evolution of US foreign policy, the purpose of the United Nations, and the pathway to peace in Syria. I think he studied the speech delivered to the UN by Pope Paul VI, back in the Fall of 1965.
Take a look. [Read more…]
And I’m hoping and praying that the bump becomes a hump the size of Mount Everest. Here’s a snippet from an interview between The Atlantic’s Molly Ball and Congressman Alan Grayson, D-Florida.
There was some thought that John Boehner and Eric Cantor coming out in favor of intervention might mean momentum was building in that direction.
Absolutely not. I think it’s a fantasy to talk about momentum. Conceivably it will end up losing two to one instead of four to one. [Read more…]
Once again, Pope Francis appeals for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Syria. Specifically, the Holy Father asks that all leaders of the nations meeting in St. Petersburg today, “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution. Rather, let there be a renewed commitment to seek, with courage and determination, a peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation of the parties, unanimously supported by the international community.”
Here is the text of the letter in full. [Read more…]
We heard from Pope Francis earlier today, but how about testimony from folks who are a little closer to the action? Catholic World Report has a letter from Cistercian nuns who moved their monastery to Azeir, in Northern Syria, back in 2005. Here’s a snippet from an open letter they wrote to the world a few days ago. [Read more…]
It will happen this Saturday, September 7th, on the vigil of the birth of Mary. The Holy Father has called for the Church to buck the tide of self-righteous indignation, fed by the wishful thinking that an act of war on the part of the United States, et al, would have any positive ramifications in Syria, and pray and fast for peace instead.
What follows is Pope Francis’s appeal to the Church and to the world, delivered in this mornings remarks before the Angelus prayer. [Read more…]
What follows is the letter addressed to the Secretary of State in it’s entirety.
Dear Secretary Kerry: [Read more…]
I’ve been feeling a bit like Obi Wan Kenobi did after Alderaan was destroyed. Too geeky? Then try Matthew 2:18. Get the picture? The main reason is what has been going down in Syria and in Egypt. [Read more…]
Jesus is risen! There is hope for us. They that have ears, let them hear… [Read more…]