"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.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Nineveh is destroyed ...

 The Syro-Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul 
confirmed the destruction by militants of 
“The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant” 
terrorist organization of a number of 
Christian shrines of the city.

Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. - Revelation 2:7

From today's first reading at Mass.
“Nineveh is destroyed; who can pity her?
Where can one find any to console her?”
The Gospel.
Jesus said to his disciples,“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,take up his cross, and follow me.For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.What profit would there be for one to gain the whole worldand forfeit his life?
Or what can one give in exchange for his life? 

Often the sacred words of the daily readings at Mass seem to have a particularly prophetic effect for me.

The complete Mass readings may be found here.

UPDATE:  Frank Weathers noticed the parallels as well.  Check it out here.

Happy feast of St. Dominic.


  1. I was at Mass this morning and I was thinking a lot about how relevant today's readings were.

  2. The story of Jonah has always been a favorite of mine...he comes to mind a lot these days. I know he is watching over his own and interceding for them. I'm gonna join him in that prayer.

    I posted these thoughts on another site and am sharing them here now...

    So much to see and hear and pray about. I have to remember there is good too and that where evil reigns, GRACE ABOUNDS.

    How easy it is to drown in the bad and ugly news of the day and to forget that the Lord is Lord over all and not one single evil can separate us from that reality. The devil rages and screams and slaughters...he can do nothing else. He cannot build anything, only destroy and promote death everywhere he goes.

    I know and will pray and remember too, the good people who are working behind the scenes both in the Church and in that part of the world to try and rescue as many of God's people as is possible. We must not forget them either.

    I read a story just yesterday about an elderly Mormon couple, a doctor and his wife, who are in Erbil, helping out as best they can. Let's pray for the calm and quite and noble people who are in the hands of the Lord helping his children everywhere where there is torment and strife.


    Reports are coming out from Mosul that the ISIS is beheading children. That humanity can know such evil is beyond comprehension but why am I surprised?

    Do we not commit crimes against the innocent here too? The unborn come to mind.

  3. This just in from a report from an hour ago!

    Rudaw Exclusive: Helicopter Carrying Aid Reaches Mount Shingal



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