CWN - Calling upon European nations not to give preference to Christian refugees, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako warned in a recent interview that “there is a very real risk now of the Middle East, Iraq, Syria losing all its Christians.”

“European countries must give shelter to those who really need it, regardless of religion,” the prelate told La Stampa’s Vatican Insider. “I can confirm that it is not just displaced people who are fleeing.”

“Priests tell me that there are also people who aren’t too badly off financially, people who work at banks, for example, who are leaving,” he added. “People who don’t really need to leave. They feel that a window of opportunity has opened up, and they fear this window will soon close, so they take advantage of it.”

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Teachings of Christ

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7,8 ESV)

Ascension

You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, * granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit; * through this blessing they were assured * that You are the Son of God * the Redeemer of the world! (Troparion)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When You fulfilled the divine plan for us * and united things on earth with things in heaven, * You ascended in glory, O Christ our God, * in no way departing from us but remaining inseparable, * and crying out to those who love You: “I am with you, and no one is against you.” (Kontakion)

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

A time is coming when men will go mad, and when they see someone who is not mad, they will attack him, saying, "You are mad; you are not like us."