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

No comments:

Post a Comment