Tue 22 Jul 2014

NNA - Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Gregorios III (Laham) has urged Muslims and Christians to work hand in hand to rescue the Arab East from the perils of the malevolent Takfiri groups that threaten the safety of all citizens in the Arab world and its environs.

Patriarch Gregorios's fresh words on Tuesday came in an appeal to the world’s conscience, urging combined efforts to suppress these extremist groups, which are jeopardizing the security of the whole world and destroying feelings of love, communication, tolerance and friendship among all people of the Arab world and their neighbours.

The Patriarch held the European Union, the United States of America, the Russian Federation and all countries responsible for the growth of these extremist groups, which do not deserve to be dubbed as "Islamic" or "Arab" since Islam and Arabism have nothing to do with such groups.

"These barbaric, malicious Takfiri groups do not only threaten Iraq’s Christians but also all citizens in the Arab world and its neighbours… They also jeopardize the future of living together as Christians and Muslims in the Arab East," Gregorios said in his plea.

On the other hand, Gregorios reiterated the need for seeking a just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as a mean to resolve a lot of the hideous sectarian conflicts gripping our beloved East.

With acknowledgments to the Ministry of Information of the Lebanese Republic

Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Christ is Risen! 
O the marvel! the forbearance! the immeasurable meekness! 
The Untouched is felt; the Master is held by a servant, 
And He reveals His wounds to one of His inner circle. 
Seeing these wounds, the whole Creation was shaken at the time. 
Thomas, when he was considered worthy of such gifts, 
Lifted up a prayer to the One Who deemed him worthy, 
Saying, "Bear my rashness with patience, 
Have pity on my unworthiness and lighten the burden 
Of my lack of faith, so that I may sing and cry, 
`Thou art our Lord and God.'" 

Kontakia of Romanos, V. 1, On Doubting Thomas