A Time of Silence


At this stage of great and blind violence the rule of silence is imposed.
Anyway our little voices are stifled by the long and heavy Calvary of (few people) small nation from one side and a complexity that is blocking any diplomatic solution from the other side ....

This small nation is sinking into suffering and pointless violence and still does not see the end ... For over 16 months and the central government is facing in a protracted conflict the successive waves of rebellions who are passing over the authority ....

When getting out in the street of Damascus the men would be crossing angry refugees seeking a refuge and a shortage of assistance.
The lack of charity organizations, the embargo and, the limited available resources, do not help into solving the problem and feed furthermore the anxiety.

Apart from political divisions, the prolonged unemployment and insecurity have
favored the terrible wave of kidnapping of people for ransom.
The person often kidnapped while leaving his school or work, is either a son or a brother or a father of a family who had to continue on working under the fear ...
You have to see the panic and anxiety of the family who struggles to raise the sum of money from relatives, neighbors, friends and parishes to save a son, a brother or a father ...
This bad practice is terrorizing the social and the parish life: the religious practice already weakened is going down again, the children no longer come to catechism and to pastoral activities.
The terrorized families are only thinking of the exodus that is becoming impossible because the closing of the foreign consulates and the official authorities who are banning the families from crossing the borders. It is a depressing situation …

So the Christian minority is turning now to its martyrs who are present in the history and the collective memory … 
 "DO NOT BE AFRAID  ..." John 6.20 says the Lord...
Our Martyrs of Damascus - 1860 were celebrated on July 10, 2012 in a foretaste of the Kingdom...
                                                      
Summer 2012 + Samir Nassar
                                                               Maronite archbishop of DamascusEmail: mgrsamirnassar@gmail.com

Apocalypse and Resurrection

Damascus, Syria

Dear friends
I will keep on writing as long as I live and as the Internet access is still possible ...
Since Tuesday, July 17, 2012 morning, the battles reached the capital
Damascus using heavy weapons, tanks and helicopters in a crowded city. The destruction is enormous. What a Calvary!
The clashes are taking place in the streets and move from one neighborhood to another. It is impossible to sleep with the fear and the sound of bombs and gunfire of cannons. Summer temperatures are from 42°C (108°F) to 56°C (133°F) and power outages are awful.
Damascus is cut off the rest of the Syrian cities and suffers from many shortages.
The supplies can no longer reach it. We are short of bread, vegetables, live, cooking gas and fuel for bakeries ...
Run for your lives ... Many families are leaving the hot neighborhoods of battles to form an endless chain on the road to Lebanon. Other roads to Jordan, Iraq and north to Homs-Aleppo are closed.
A general feeling of panic is causing the exodus towards Lebanon. I hope the people the will find the proper welcome there … Because the Syrians have so welcomed Palestinian, Lebanese and Iraqis refugees...The few faithful who dared coming to pick up the courage from the mass burned many candles at the tomb of Blessed Martyrs of Damascus. They exchanged farewells and tears before returning running to their homes under the sounds of gunfire and explosions ...
Damascus was spared for 16 months from the violence that tore the other cities of Syria ... her comes our turn to suffer and die.
We just managed to fit in a corner under the stairs to shelter with our neighbors from the bombshells, the caves of the parish have just been cleaned …Provided that the Resurrection will not be late after so much suffering ....

Damascus July 20, 2012.
+ Samir NASSAR
Maronite archbishop of Damascus
E-mail: mgrsamirnassar@gmail.com