Friday, September 30, 2011

Archbishop Chacour: We are not condemned, rather we are privileged to live together

Archbishop Elias Chacour of the Melkite Catholic Church shared some thoughts in a recent letter to Pilgrims of Ibillin, supporters of the Mar Elias schools program in the Galilee area.

Among his comments I want to share this portion, and I encourage you to meditate on  and discuss Father Chacour's ideas:
"For long we have stopped thinking that we in the Holy Land are condemned to live together, despite all the suffering, the disappointments and the disillusionment. Instead, we opt for a new approach: we are not condemned to live together, we are rather privileged to live together, to accept each other and to become a sign of hope for our local people, for the Middle East and for all those thousands who visit the Holy Places.

"Despite what appears on the political news we remain hopeful and are encouraged to see more and more officials on the Palestinian side seeking the implementation of their ancestors' rights, without any denial of any similar rights on the Jewish side. Charity and peace can start only when there is a genuine mutual recognition of each other.

"You have been extremely important with your solidarity to encourage us all, teachers and students, to persevere in our search for God in the face of our neighbors. The present difficult time of the stiffening of positions shows a real, deep fear that was planted and nurtured over the last 63 years since the creation of the State of Israel.

"I call on you, dear brothers and sisters, to continue believing that you personally can make a difference for the better..."

For more about Archbishop Chour, please see this link.

For information about Archbishop Chacour's books and the work of Mar Elias, check this book list.

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