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Week of spiritual jihad for reconciliation: PRESS RELEASE 01/10/2011

 

Press release in conclusion of the 1 october 2010 about the

Week of spiritual jihad, through fasting, prayer

and sakina (God-inspired peace of the soul)

for reconciliation between the children of Mother Syria

at the monastery of Mar Musa al-Habashi

 

Monks and nuns of the monastery dedicated themselves, with friends and a number of visitors from the vast Syrian mosaic, to fast and prayer. We met daily in the church to read the Gospel, recite the Quran and meditate on a selection of texts about non-violent activism for reform, through forgiveness, through a dialogue based on brotherly reciprocal listening, through the acceptance of difference without conditions. A large number of friends (people and organizations) from around the world joined us in spirit, which made us feel deeply in communion and unity before God.

 

Symbol for WeekofFast 2011-09-23

Call for a week of spiritual jihad, through fasting, prayer and sakina for reconciliation from Friday 23d to Friday 30th September 2011

Symbol for WeekofFast 2011-09-23

 

Call for a week of spiritual jihad, through fasting, prayer

and sakina (God-inspired peace of the soul)

for reconciliation between the children of Mother Syria

at the monastery of Mar Musa al-Habashi, in the mountain of Nebek

from Friday 23d to Friday 30th September 2011

 


The Pope said about the situation in Syria on Sunday, 7 August 2011: "I follow with great concern the dramatic and increasing episodes of violence in Syria, which caused many casualties and great suffering. I invite the Catholic faithful to pray, for the efforts for reconciliation to prevail on division and resentment. Moreover, I insistently ask the authorities and the Syrian people to restore as quickly as possible peaceful coexistence, and to respond adequately to the legitimate aspirations of the citizens while respecting their dignity, for the sake of stability in the region. "

 

The Community of Deir Mar Musa al-Habashi in the mountain of Nebek wishes to dedicate eight days to fasting, prayer and sakina for imploring of God Almighty, Father of All Mercy, reconciliation between citizens, on the basis of a common option for non-violence as the only method able to ensure sustainable reform and to avoid the slide into civil war and the vicious circle of revenge.

 

Lettera della sua Eccellenza Teofilio George Kassab, ai cari figli e figlie, Monaci e Monache della Comunità Monastica di Deir Mar Musa,

Ai cari figli e figlie, Monaci e Monache della Comunità Monastica di Deir Mar Musa,

Pace e carità nel Signore!

Sulla base della lettera della Congregazione per le Chiese Orientali a Noi indirizzata (prot. 120/84) del 25 Novembre 2006, a proposito del “Tipico del Monastero di San Mosè l’Abissino (Deir Mar Musa el-Habasci, Nebek, Siria) ”,

Avendo questo documento ottenuto il nulla osta da parte della Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede per mezzo della Congregazione per le Chiese Orientali,

Successivamente allo studio di questo Tipico da parte della Commissione Episcopale, comprendente, oltre all’Arcivescovo George Kassab, il Corepiscopo Michel Nuaman, il Padre Rami Qabalan, il Monaco Padre Yaaqub Murad e il Monaco Padre Jihad Youssef,

Abbiamo deciso di approvare ciò che, estratto dalla totalità dei canoni del Tipico suddetto, abbiamo ritenuto per oggi sufficiente, e che porta il titolo di “Regole monastiche di Deir Mar Musa el-Habasci, Nebek, Siria”.

A few warm words on three points

 

Saturday, August 27th 2011

1) First, we wish to thank all our friends for the great solidarity expressed towards our monastery and our country, in those difficult conditions that we can stand only with the help of your cordial prayers, the support of your commitment and the effectiveness of your gifts.

Fast for peace

07/21/2011
07/23/2011
Asia/Damascus

 

صوم من أجل السلام،

Jeûne pour la paix, Fasten für den Frieden, Ayuno por la Paz, Digiuno per la pace, Fast for peace

 

Fast for peace

 

صوم من أجل السلام،

Jeune pour la paix, Fasten für den Frieden, Ayuno por la Paz, Digiuno per la pace, Fast for peace

A Syrian Call

 

The 18th of July 2011

Very dear friends,

In this letter we ask, by increasing importance, for money, commitment and prayer.

Let’s describe the whole situation, first.

Easter 2011

 

Dear Friends,

 In the light of the Resurrection, the announce of peace from our Lord, His breath of reconciliation, in his body, the Lamb always slaughtered, and in the fertile wound of his heart, as we kiss his tortured hands and feet, we come to you to assure you that by the grace of God we stay strong in faith, comforted by hope and passionate with love during this tragic period of deep fermentation in our Arabic homeland and in this Muslim world which is our great concern in the name of the Church.

The Synod for the Middle East: Considerations from the Desert

My comments presented here are based upon the reflections given by the Monastic Community of Deir Mar Musa el-Habashi in Syria to the Lineamentaprepared for Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which I consider still to be important, even after publication of theInstrumentum Laboris, I present them here, together with the text I wrote on the basis of my impressions of the latter, after our discussions in London. I would wish to stress here that the Lineamenta and the Instrumentum Laboris are both full of interesting insights. However, our role here is not simply to reiterate them, but rather to state what we think is either missing or insufficiently emphasised. Our approach is always intended to be constructive, even when critiquing the documents.

Letter to the friends of the community of "al-Khalil", (Abraham the Friend of God) 2008

(DEIR MAR MOUSSA, DEIR MAR ELYAN, STUDENTATO SAN SALVATORE-CORI)

2008

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Our Most Sincere Thanks:

Dear friends, we wish to thank all from the depths of our hearts for choosing to help us in our financial need throughout this difficult year. Indeed, we have received much help from friends, both materially and spiritually.

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