Christ's bounty in Damascus
Defiant of powerlessness, these men and women religious put up a wall of lamentation with their love, ensuring a charitable presence among people who have lost everything.
Christ’s bounty in
By Archbishop Samir
BEHIND the scenes, quietly and discreetly, 82 women religious
belonging to various congregations are serving the Church in Damascus. They are
the great force, which, drawing strength from the breath of the Holy Spirit,
gives life to charisms of the Gospel in a country torn apart by war. They do so
without getting tired or being afraid.
Some of them are living in small communities, housed in the large schools
they used to run but which were nationalized in 1968; others live in small hospitality
centers or in modest apartments among the people, living a life of poverty,
prayer and praise.
Listening to the most
These consecrated religious are always at the ready to welcome and listen
to the most vulnerable of the city’s residents. They provide for the most
urgent needs, especially during these years of war and isolation. They store
up, in their hearts, all the suffering and need of this vulnerable population,
forgotten in their misery and insecurity. Defiant of powerlessness, these men
and women religious put up a wall of lamentation with their love, ensuring a
charitable presence among people who have lost everything.
Faces of compassion
The engagement of our beloved sisters who serve families is made manifest
by their presence at child-care centers, in schools, dispensaries, eating
places, as well as catechetical and formation centers. Let us salute their
heroic mission as they take care of the needs of the sick, the wounded and the
aged, all of them burdened by war. Theirs is a pastoral vanguard.
The promise of a
This ‘experimental’ mission of our dear sisters remains
focused on the schools, the formation of children and young people. This
educational service transmits values of peace, tolerance and dialogue, all
geared toward a destroyed homeland and the renewal of the Church. Let’s salute
all the types of psychological support for the victims of war, especially the
children, the young people, their lives wounded by violence, delinquency and
This beautiful witness of light, hidden and barely known, doesn’t it
deserve some gratitude and recognition? Dearly beloved consecrated women in
Damascus, the Resurrected Christ will thank you and bless you!
Archbishop Nassar is
the Maronite ordinary of Damascus.
Syrian children; ACN photo