God have mercy upon all souls. His mercy be our bread.
Indeed, Marian. Yesterday I was thinking about God's mercy as I found out about the death of a relative.
I also thank you for this prayer, as I read daily on the tragedy of those who are dying at sea daily in the Aegean waters, many of whom are precious infants, babies and children, hoping to escape the hellish nightmare of war and ISIS in their country, Syria. It breaks my heart.
We read the lives of the saints every day in our faith, suffering persecution, yet there are many today who are suffering equal if not worse persecution for their faith in Jesus Christ at the murderous hands of ISIS. Yet, no one I know, whether Priests or parishioners, or people I meet understands or wants to understand or accept or comprehend this horrible situation. I find this confusing. Is it because they do not know Syrians? Is it because they have not lived in another country to relate to other people, realizing that these people are like you and me, and had houses, cars, televisions, computers, businesses, and have lost everything?
Just like those who suffered persecution in the atheist Soviet Union, these Christian individuals are also modern day martyrs for the faith.
May God have mercy on all these people, Muslim and Christian, alive or dead, and comfort them in their many, many sorrows. Lord have mercy on all souls!
Sorrowfully, In Christ,