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Letter to the friends of Deir Mar Musa 2016

 

I will have mercy and not sacrifice!”   (Hosea 6, 6;  Matthew 9.13)   

With these words, the Bishop of Rome, Francis, began his discourse on the occasion of Lent 2016, saying:  “In the bull of indiction of the Jubilee, I gave out this invitation so that Lent in this Jubilee year might be lived more internally as a strong moment to celebrate and experience the mercy of God.” (Misericordiae Vultus, 17).  He went on to add that “the mercy of God is in fact an announcement to the world:  but every Christian is called upon to make experience of this mercy in the first person.”

 

Letter to the Friends of Deir Mar Musa Christmas 2013

Letter to the Friends of Deir Mar Musa Christmas 2013


Sister Houda Fadoul

Every time I try to write these lines to you, our dear friends, I am confused, because the words betray me and do not help me to convey the bitterness that is in my heart: The confusion that occupies my mind because of the pain and sadness for what we experience in our dear country, Syria. The love of homeland in me is strong and deep, which opens a wound in my heart and I find no remedy for this other than prayer, as many Syrian do these days.

A Christmas Letter to the Friends of the community al-Khalil, Deir Mar Musa

Christmas Letter from Iraqi Kurdistan

Kirkuk, December 20th, 2011

Dear friends,

Thank you again for the warm welcome I received this fall from the Swiss and Italian members of the associations of friends of our monastic community. It felt good to have you near. Many thanks also for your numerous expressions of solidarity in these turbulent times for the Middle East. Our website's statistics and our “inbox” that you are following us attentive, thank you! The Middle East, and especially Syria, really needs much prayer and solidarity. We are witnessing a continuous rise of violence, and we cannot but call with all our energy to non-violence and reconciliation.

Christmas call 2011

Christmas call 2011

That the pastors, we hope, will share with their Christian folks and with all Syrians of good will and sound hope.

(translation from Arabic)

 

Symbol for WeekofFast 2011-09-23

Dear brothers and sisters,

Peace, love, solidarity and reconciliation, from our Savior,

We deemed appropriate to write you about the service of reconciliation, because we consider it part of our sacred duty and charisma. We retain that, in the treatment of the current tragic situation, adopting any non-evangelical project or trespassing, for any reason, the ethnics of our Messiah, or the positions of his most pure Mother, or the tradition of the disciples and apostles in the original church, is forbidden to us.

Domenica 6 Novembre, Festa del Sacrificio.

Carissimi,

Luis mi ha scritto a proposito della festa dell'Adha delle parole molto appropriate e che condivido rispetto al tema del sacrificio... questo mi spinge a scrivere un breve commento del testo del Libro della Genesi che abbiamo letto stamane pensando ai nostri fratelli musulmani al Pellegrinaggio alla Mecca. (Si puo' pubblicare sul sito di Popoli e sul nostro).
Oggi ci sono a dormire al monastero 150 persone ... quasi tutti giovani ... e' molto toccante ed un segno di speranza importante.
Saluti cari ed auguri a tutti voi
Paolo

Domenica 6 Novembre, Festa del Sacrificio.

Quando, obbedendo al Signore, Abramo cede al volere di Sara e caccia il suo amato primogenito Ismaele con Agar sua madre, non la manda via a mani vuote, ma le dà pane e acqua.

Quando questa madre sofferente e abbandonata giunge in lacrime (accettiamo la versione coranica) alla Mecca, l'acqua è finita e il figlio agonizza. Allora Iddio dona l’acqua del pozzo di Zemzem come al popolo di Mosè nel deserto. E certamente, come al popolo nel deserto, non fece mancar loro il pane celeste …

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