Prayer for the Month: Witnesses to the Faith
As a minority, Christians in Iraq enjoyed relative freedom under Saddam Hussein's otherwise oppressive, brutal regime. Today, in contrast, they live in a state of fear, according to the Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq, Archbishop Fernando Filoni.
Most people in Iraq live with fear, of course, but the problem is compounded for Christians. ‘It's understandable that the Church finds itself in double the difficulty,' the Archbishop says. ‘The added difficulty comes when certain groups see the Church as a symbol of the Western World, or when they assume that Church members are collaborators with the US-led forces.'
Confusing the Church in Iraq with western interests is very offensive, especially to those Chaldean Christians who make up the majority of Iraq's Christians. They trace their origins back to a time long before the rise of Islam in the region, and are one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
Christian minorities in many other nations have much to fear from modern-day persecution, and need immense strength and courage to live their faith and persevere in bearing witness to it.
Your Daily Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Eucharist you join us with yourself in your offering to the Father. Help me to live out that offering in the concrete circumstances of my life today. Send me the Holy Spirit to be with me, to guide me, and to enable me to live in imitation of you.
I pray with Mary and the whole Church
For the Pope's intentions this month.
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"Reflection for the Month" on the Pope's intention is taken from a calendar/booklet called "Living Prayer" published by Messenger of the Sacred Heart
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