Monday, September 11, 2006
Lift your voice in Prayer: Love as Active
We are called to prayer. We are called to love.
So many times we are asked to raise or join our voices in prayer. How?
True, the great expressions of faith in our liturgies, songs and devotions are examples of this. But the core, the Eucharist is an act of love. The core of the liturgy and the core of Christian life is love.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, 4 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me.
Can they be given a core? Yes. Blessed are those who love. Who love God. Who love others. Blessed is love.
But love, far from passive is active. Far from calm, is a burning desire. It is love that led our Lord to come to us. Love that led Him to die for us. Love that leads our brothers and sisters to stand firm in the face of persecution.
And it is love that should cause us to lift our voice in opposition to persecution. To lift your voice in prayer is to lift it in love. It is to Pray. To write. To speak. To stand against harm to others.
Life itself is a prayer because it is alive with love. Guided by love. May the silent prayers in our hearts be joined to the active expression of the love of Christ toward others.
Love puts us in the heart and life of another through the One Body in Christ.
We are not only people sitting at a computer reading this.
We are a girl in Egypt preparing for her wedding who is kidnapped and taken away.
We are a husband waiting for the one you love, as the bridegroom waits in the Song of Songs.
We are a family who has a moment of joy turned to sorrow.
We are again at the computer, but can We go back to it unchanged? Love transforms us. It awakens our hearts. May the life in Christ move us to prayer and action.
For Mona Yacoub
For Marianna Rezk Shafik Attallah
For Tereza Ghattas Kamal
For Lydia Atef Atta
For Ingy Nagy Edwar
For all who suffer as they do.
We work in a good job, but We are also a Copt who can not get a good job because the ID badge names you a Christian.
We are in Church free from fear, but We are also a Copt who knows that you could get stabbed or shot leaving the service on Good Friday or any day.
We might attend a church at a building that has stood for 200 years, but We are also a Copt who must watch as a monastery that has stood for 1,400 years is demolished.
We donate for church repair, but We are also a Copt who sees their place of worship fall apart and get killed for trying to repair it.
We celebrate the Eucharist, the most holy event we share. But We are also a Copt who, as on September 19, 2003, watches as security throws the consecrated Host to the ground and steps on it.
We see children playing but you are also a handicapped Coptic child who sees the center devoted to helping them attacked, as in November of 2003 and again in 2004 and again in 2005.
We are all of these things and more (link)
We are and must see ourselves as one. Tell one person today what our brothers and sisters suffer. Tell another tomorrow. Do what you can.
Let our prayer be an active love that seeks to fill those who hunger and thirst for justice. And let us do it with the love of Christ, not with hate. Because love is the active force of a better world.
As St. Theresa of Avila wrote:
Christ has no body now but yours
No hands, no feet on earth but yours
Yours are the eyes through which He looks
compassion on this world
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.
We are all one in the Body of Christ.
What love is too great for that heart to feel?
What good is too great for those hands to accomplish?
To write Congress and our politicians:
(link) House of Representatives
(link) E mail and Fax numbers for Congress and state Governors
To write Catholic Bishops:
[(link) catholic-hierarchy.org] With your bishop will be a link to your diocese web page or other contact info. You can use the search bar to look anywhere in the world.
To help the suffering children in any way you can. Coptic Orphans (link).
If anyone has any other ways or events in support of our brother and sisters always feel free to email them to me and I will get them up here as fast as possible.