With a Broken Heart …Archbishop Samir of Damascus …

WITH A BROKEN HEART – the Latest letter from Archbishop Samir of Damascus about the terrible situation in his country for our fellow Christians …

The more we talk of Geneva II for peace in Syria, the further the war becomes more violent and more suffering …

It is a typical game that makes each party seeking to improve her position on the ground before reaching the final solution …

This scenario does not take into consideration the poor people caught in the crossfire .. The third year of this global conflict, plunges into greater misery against the inability of the UN …

This heavy Calvary crushes the FAMILY, as cell who resisted the violence… Because it is weakened by war and insecurity, the family can no longer save nor protect.

The Syrian family watches with sadness the dubious silence and the indifference of the international society toward her cruel and unending tragedy.

A father who has lost everything came to the church to complain aloud: “I have no home I lost all my family … They are dispersed among cousins .. I do not have work… I’m hungry … I’m sick without medications… What is the Church for me? You cannot protect me or find me a shelter, or get me a visa to leave the country … ”
“I am like a beetle at the bottom of a cup who cannot get out and keep turning in circles until dying at the bottom of its hole .. This is what I am,” said the gentleman leaving angrily the archdiocese …

Many Syrians are like this man … They turn around at the bottom of their holes… All the doors are closed … They face their fate in an accusing silent…

A mother who fled the bombing of her village with her four children was forced after five hours of walking in the mountains and valley to abandon her two small kids on the way. She arrived breathless with the two elders at the place of refuge in Lebanon, crying her two little abandoned because she couldn’t carry them with her … She had to choose between the death of all of them and the survival of a part … A terrible choice and a cruel situation.

What an awful war…How could we imagine the suffering of this mother forced to abandon two of her children to save the two others? Who would better comfort her broken heart more than Our Lady of Sorrows? This heartbreaking scene rejoins Mary at the foot of the Cross…

In a meeting for the bishops of the Middle East, the Apostolic Nuncio listened to the woes of these different countries, and evoked an ecumenical suffering that is uniting in the same Calvary all the Christians of the East…Difficult, painful and providential path of unity.
The long list of refugees in the Middle East is growing, added by more than six million Syrian refugees … Ecumenism of the exiled without labels, Christians and Muslims …

Could this suffering lead to a reconciliation between the religions and the people of the Middle East?


June 2013                                                 + Samir Nassar
Maronite Archbishop of Damascus


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