"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Our Lady Zeitoun

Yesterday I was reminded of Our Lady's apparitions in Egypt after I received the following in an email:

The Holy Family Latin Church in Gaza has just received an evacuation order warning them that Israei is planning to bomb their neighbourhood tonight. In a message, a priest writes: " The church of Gaza has received an order to evacuate.. they will bomb the Zeitun area and the people are already fleeing. The problem is that the priest Fr George and the three nuns of Mother Teresa have 29 handicapped children and nine old ladies who can't move. 
"How will they manage to leave?? If anyone can intercede with someone in power, and pray, please do it. We are trying.. may our impotence be taken up by his Omnipotence!!"
The House of Christ in Gaza, is a care home dedicated to looking after disabled children. The disabled children were removed from the care home into the Holy Family Church recently because Israel was targeting the area. 
The parish appeal for prayers.

Prayers for Gaza, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, and every region threatened and oppressed by Islamist militants. 


  1. Just a quick comment: pray for peace in the Middle East, not only from Islamic militants, but all militants from all groups there. Notice Israel is the one going to destroy this church (which is in Gaza, not the Zeitoun in Cairo). The West justifies it because it is "war," but really, it is just another war crime. The same when Muslims do it. And yes, there are dirty Christians in the region, too. It's a hell hole, but the good thing is, despite the media attention, there are people of good will from all three groups as well. Pray for their success.

    1. Thanks much - I agree. I also know the difference between the two Zeitoun churches - The recent attacks by Israel reminded me of it - I seem to recall at the Cairo events, Our Lady was said to look in the direction of Israel - of course it was right after the 1967 war.

      You are right that there are more players than the Muslim militants - it is very complex and evil. A friend sent me some links to the Chinese persecutions, reminding me that there are problems in the Far East as well.

      That is all I can do is pray.

      Thanks for commenting.

  2. Saw this on the Crisis Magazine website:

    "From Ian Hanchett on Brietbart today:

    Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of Hamas co-founder and leader Hassan Yousef spoke about his break with Hamas and the organization’s ultimate goals of a worldwide Islamic caliphate on Tuesday’s broadcast of the “Mark Levin Show.”
    Yousef said he left Hamas after he saw the viciousness of an organization that tortures and kills its own members that are suspected of collaborating with the Israelis, and couldn’t morally justify the fact that Hamas suicide bombers intentionally targeted “buses, schools, hospitals, [and] universities.”
    He later added that Hamas has “global, religious, ideological agendas” that are dangerous, not just to Israel, but the entire world. “Their goal is to conquer the globe and build an Islamic state on every inch of the globe” Yousef said. He also said that Hamas “is willing to sacrifice as many Palestinians as it takes” to achieve its goals, and they “don’t care about Palestine...all they care about [is] to conquer.” He reported that America itself “is a target for the Hamas movement.” And “Israel in the Middle East is fighting on behalf of the free world.”

    Much prayer and preparation is needed, will be needed.

    Holy Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!


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