Today's Wisdom

Those who do not pass from the experience of the cross to the truth of the resurrection condemn themselves to despair! For we cannot encounter God without first crucifying our narrow notions of a god who reflects only our own understanding of omnipotence and power
Pope Francis

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Assassination of Fr. Frans van der Lugt in Syria

Fr. Frans van der Lugt was not only a highly-learned Jesuit priest, and not only a carrier of Francis name the Alter-Christus, and not only a man who carried out the vocation of being with the poor and helping non-Christians and Christians alike in war-torn Syria, but also suffered like his Master and God the betrayal of human conspiracy with the Devil who two thousand years ago, about the same time in a similar conspiracy, crucified Christus the Master and God of all.
In Homs, Syria today, the killing of Frans van der Lugt this morning, cries out to heaven not for revenge, but following the example of Christ, for seeking the repentance of the killers and their forgiveness. Since the glorious death and Resurrection of Christ, hell can no longer have a say in the court of the Most High as it tried with Job the righteous man of old or as it did with David the King when hell stirred him to sin and David the King sinned (Or as hell stirred the Father of Fathers Abraham to lie and Israel's sons to sell their brother Joseph into slavery). Yet God's mercy and utter love never fails. In spite of sins by sons and daughters of the Church in its long history, God never takes revenge. He only pours himself in love of his creation.
I dare to say that so much has God given us through Christ his unique Son, in creation and in redemption, still working out in the history of civilizations, that the most heinous crime can be forgiven in Christ, and hell can surely expect its own failure, emptiness or destruction.
If Satan (who calls for division) comes again, the Holy Spirit will rebuke him as did Christ who is one with the Father in the Holy Spirit.
Let us think not only of ourselves but also of Syria's people and others who are undergoing difficulties in Egypt, Lebanon, and the entire Middle East. Let us think of Europe and especially Ukraine whose people are now divided in the name of protection by the world's divided powers.
I pray for Canadians, my beloved people, families and children; for people of the United States, our neighbour country; and especially for agnostics in spite of differences.
May the Lord continue to bless the work of Pope Francis together with other bishops in advancing the peace of Christ in the world. We seek this blessing through the intercession of Mary Mother of God, saints and ask God to receive his servant Frans van der Lugt in the heavenly kingdom of Christ.

Today's Quote

"Behold I make all things new." (Revelation 21:5)


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