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A Clarion Call To Go To Daily Mass Today

I was feeling a bit lazy this morning and thought I might skip morning Mass. Then I read this.

An armed group gunned down and killed Fr Ragheed Ganni and three of his aides. The murder took place right after Sunday mass in front of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mosul where Father Ragheed was parish priest.


Amy Welborn links to more information here.

Fr. Ragheed spoke these words in 2005:

"People could not believe what had happened. The terrorists might think they can kill our bodies or our spirit by frightening us, but, on Sundays, churches are always full. They may try to take our life, but the Eucharist gives it back."

"On December 7, the eve of the Immaculate Conception, a group of terrorist tried to destroy the Chaldean Bishop's Residence, which is near Our Lady of the Tigris Shrine, a place venerated by both Christians and Muslims."

"They placed explosives everywhere and a few minutes later blew the place up. This and fundamentalist violence against young Christians have forced many families to flee. Yet the Churches have remained open and people continue to go to mass, even among the ruins".

"It is among such difficulties that we understand the real value of Sunday, the day when we meet the Risen Christ, the day of our unity and love, of our [mutual] support and help."

"There are days when I feel frail and full of fear. But when, holding the Eucharist, I say 'Behold the Lamb of God Behold, who takes away the sin of the world', I feel His strength in me. When I hold the Host in my hands, it is really He who is holding me and all of us, challenging the terrorists and keeping us united in His boundless love."
"In normal times, everything is taken for granted and we forget the greatest gift that is made to us. Ironically, it is thanks to terrorist violence that we have truly learnt that it is the Eucharist, the Christ who died and risen, that gives us life. And this allows us to resist and hope."


How on earth after reading this could I pass up the opportunity to receive Our Lord in the Eucharist? The only thing this costs me is an hour of my time. I quickly got dressed and arrived at Mass fifteen minutes early. I used that time to pray for the Chaldean Catholics who are suffering so much persecution by Muslims. I also prayed for Fr. Ragheed and the deacons who were killed as well.

"Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Requiescant in pace. Amen." –

"Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen."

There is no religion that is of God that would condone this heinous crime. Therefore, I also fervently prayed at the end of Mass:

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

Comments

Ebeth said…
Thank you for this post, we should all be so called to attend Mass as often as we can.......running, not walking.

Blessings to you!
Ebeth
Kitchen Madonna said…
Great post. I tend to go more to daily Mass during Lent. I need to go.

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