Congratulations to the Chaldean Sisters Daughters of the Immaculate Conception on their jubilee year!
Can A Rich Man Be Saved? By Fr. Roni Schamoun In this Sunday Gospel reading Jesus tells us a story of a rich man who was not saved. Now, if the rich man in this story was not saved because he was rich, then Jesus could have said it with only one sentence but instead he tells a story with many details. In fact, if the rich man was not saved because of his wealth, then even the Prophet Abraham would not be in the paradise and the poor man Lazarus at his side because in [...]
Interior Life By Fr. Daniel Shaba If you have ever been on a retreat you will notice that the last talk is almost always about not relying on the "spiritual high" that a retreat could give you. What exactly is this spiritual high? When you are on a retreat and surrounded by priests and nuns--something that is foreign to your daily way of living--can be overwhelming. After many talks, activities, and being surrounded by priests and religious people can cause something to feel like they are living in a heavenly euphoria. While this feeling is not intrinsically wrong, it should not be [...]
God Allows Us to Suffer Only to Bring About Some Greater Good By Fr. Ankido Sipo So often in the gospels, we read of stories of people interacting with our Lord in beautiful ways, yet they go unnamed. The greatest example of this is in the Gospel of John, in which John does not use his own name to refer to himself, but calls himself merely the “Beloved Disciple.” The reasons why the gospel writers leave some people unnamed are complex and vary from person to person, but one thing we can certainly say on a spiritual level is [...]
God's Mercy By Fr. Simon Esshaki The Parable of the Prodigal Son reveals, more than anything, God’s mercy toward mankind. Jesus, who is the ultimate revelation of God the Father, tells a story about God’s love and mercy for us sinners. We can all see ourselves in the son who ran away from his father, taking the inheritance of what would have belonged to him after he died, and squandering it on loose living. We have all sinned and at one point or another betrayed God. We have ran away from his love and squandered the gifts he has given [...]
تأمُل في انجيل الاحد الرابع من الرسل لوقا 6: 12- 46 By Fr. Mazin Hanna تأمُل في انجيل الاحد الرابع من الرسل لوقا 6: 12- 46 اعداد القس مازن قرياقوز صليو البوتاني في نص انجيل اليوم هناك افكار كثيرة ولكن سوف أحاول التركيز على البعض منها. صعدَ ربُّنا يسوع الجبلَ ليُصلِّيَ إلى ابيه السماوي، وبعد أن قضى اللَّيلَ كلَّه في الصَّلاة دعا تلاميذه فاختارَ منهم إثني عشرَ تلميذاً ودعاهم رُسلاً. ان اختيارُ يسوع للتلاميذ جاءَ إذاً بعد صلاةٍ طويلة إلى الله، هم ولدوا في صلاة يسوع، أي هم ثمرةُ حوارٍ ذات عمقٍ مع الله الآب. [...]
Discerning a Vocation By Fr. Andrew Younan In my sixteen years as a priest, I’ve been vocation director, seminary rector, and spiritual director to a convent. More importantly, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot, and like many God-related things, a lot of the knowledge we have about vocations is about what’s not true. How exactly someone goes about “discerning a vocation” is a hard thing to answer, but I can definitely tell you what not to do. For one thing, don’t talk to me about it anymore. This post is all you’re getting. Also there’s a video at [...]
He Will Be With Us Until The End of Time By Fr. Peter Patros Jesus makes us many promises and we know Christ is someone who always keeps his promises. One specific promise he gives us and his disciples is that he will be with us until the end of time. How does Jesus fulfill this promise if he ended up leaving this world at the time of his Ascension? Jesus fulfills this promise by becoming present to us: body, blood, soul and divinity in the Eucharist every time we celebrate the mass. We read in the Epistle of Saint Paul [...]
On May 28th, 2021, our Diocese has gained a new priest! Fr. Roni Schamoun was ordained today to the sacred priesthood by His Excellency, Bishop Emanuel Shaleta. Please pray for him and the future priests of our diocese.