Daily Archives: August 17, 2013

Revolutionary

Fire of God

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Vespers – Part of the Homily NOT preached Today (Aug 17) at the Vigil Mass: “Jesus has indeed set the earth on fire with His truth, and there will be no peace in this world until all falsehood finally bows to the truth”.

Someone says, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”. We are living in such times. The world today stands in a great danger of being crushed by the secular aggression that is pouring out from all sides. A prophet is always a revolutionary. A prophet’s primary duty is to speak forth God’s message to God’s people; to tell people the truth they would not like to hear. A prophet to admonishes, reproves, denounces sin, calls to repentance, and brings consolation and pardon. Human society in every age bears testimony to the fact that to offer the light of truth to any morally depraved society is to invite serious repercussions. Prophet Jeremiah called the people of Judah to repentance. So the people hated him because of this, and plotted to kill him. Through baptism, we share in Christ’s own prophetic office. We too are invited to speak the word of God to our increasingly morally depraved world. As prophets, we are also called to speak in prayer to God the way Jesus does, and the main prayer of Jesus to His Father is the offering of His flesh and blood. We too are called to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, in spiritual worship. We are called to be completely crucified to the world, live to God alone, enjoying an intimate familiarity with the Lord. This is total commitment. As St Paul rightly counsels in the second reading, we must persevere in living out our faith, while always keeping Jesus before our eyes, and having in mind the joys of eternal life that await us in heaven.

One Egyptian Christian said two days ago, following the burning of several Churches in his country: “You can burn our Churches but you cannot burn our faith”. This is the spirit of martyrdom to which we are called as prophets in Christ. Jesus has indeed set the earth on fire with His truth, and there will be no peace in this world until all falsehood finally bows to the truth.
Fr-Nwora Okeke
Johns Creek, Georgia

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If The World Hates You

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“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” John 15:18

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Crying For Help In Egypt

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Many Christian and Catholic Churches in Egypt are being burned and are under attack by the Muslim Brotherhood. We need to pray continually for this to come to an abrupt end. Lord have mercy on us all.

Kudos to Fr. Z. and The Blaze:

“A wave of devastating violence swept through Egypt Wednesday as the government attempted to disband the supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from their sit-ins. According to the Associated Press, 638 people have now been confirmed killed, and nearly 4,000 are injured.”

Churches (links to photos and story’s here)

Alexandria

1.Father Maximus Church

Arish
1.St George Church | Burned

Assiut
1.Good Shepherds Monastery | Nuns attacked
2.Angel Michael Church | Surrounded
3.St George Coptic Orthodox Church
4.Al-Eslah Church| Burned
5.Adventist Church | Pastor and his wife kidnapped
6.St Therese Church
7.Apostles Church | Burning
8.Holy Revival Church | Burning
9.Qusiya Diocese

Beni Suef
1.The Nuns School
2.St George Church | al-Wasta

Cairo
1.St Fatima Basilica | Heliopolis | Attempted Attack
2.Virgin Mary’s Church | Hakim Village | Burned

Fayoum (Five churches)
1.St Mary Church | El Nazlah |
2.St Damiana Church | Robbed and burned
3.Amir Tawadros (St Theodore) Church
4.Evangelical Church | al-Zorby Village | Looting and destruction
5.Church of Joseph | Burned
6.Franciscan School | Burned

Gharbiya
1.Diocese of St Paul | Burned

Giza
1.Father Antonios
2.Atfeeh Bishopric

Minya (Around twelve churches)
1.Church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abram | Delga, Deir Mawas |
2.St Mina Church | Abu Hilal Kebly, Beni Hilal |
3.Baptist Church | Beni Mazar |
4.Monastery | Deir Mawas | Ahram (Arabic)
5.Delga Church | Attacked (Previously attacked with fire)
6.The Jesuit Fathers Church | Abu Hilal district
7.St Mark Church | Abu Hilal district
8.St Joseph Nunnery |
9.Amir Tadros Church
10.Evangelical Church |
11.Anba Moussa al-Aswad Church |
12.Apostles Church |

Qena
1.St Mary’s Church | Attempted Burning

Sohag
1.St George Church
2.St Damiana | Attacked and burned
3.Virgin Mary | Attacked and burned
4.St Mark Church & Community Center
5.Anba Abram Church | Destroyed and burned

Suez
1.St Saviours Anglican Church
2.Franciscan Church and School | Street 23 | Burned
3.Holy Shepherd Monastery and Hospital
4.Good Shepherd Church (molotov cocktail thrown)- Relationship with Holy Shepherd Monastery unknown.
5.Greek Orthodox Church

Christian Institutions
•House of Father Angelos (Pastor of Church of the Virgin Mary and Father Abram) | Delga, Minya | Burned |
•Properties and Markets of Copts | al-Gomhorreya Street, Assiut
•Seventeen Coptic homes | Delga, Minya | Burned
•YMCA | Minya| Burned
•Coptic Homes | Qulta Street, Assiut | Attacked
•Offices of the Evangelical Foundation & Oum al-Nour | Minya
•Coptic-owned shops, pharmacy, and hotels | Karnak and Cleopatra Streets, Luxor | Attacked and Looted
•Dahabeya Nile Boat | Minya| Church-owned
•Bible Society bookshop | Cairo | Burned
•Bible Society | Fayoum
•Bible Society | al-Gomohoreya Street, Assiut
•Ezbet el Nekhl

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us!

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