Rome, 26th August 2013
Dear Brothers in the Incarnate Word,
It is well known that in the war that has long hit Syria there has been constantly increasing violence. The news of recent days indicates a worsening of the conflict, which seems to be far from reaching a solution. Our Christian brothers are the most affected, and there is evidence of numerous martyrdoms in the hands of Islamist hordes. Similarly, the situation in Egypt is extremely delicate, where in the past week, more than 60 Christian churches and religious houses were burnt down, putting the country in danger of a civil war and unleashing a persecution against Christians.
The Holy Father Francis, during the recitation of the Angelus last Sunday in Rome, resolutely called for peace, appealing to the authorities of the international community to make every effort to find a solution that will bring back peace to Syria. The Pope also urged us to unceasingly invoke the Queen of Peace that she may intercede with her Son and grant the gift of peace to these martyred regions.
The General Government of the Institute, echoing the call of the Pope and that of a proposal received from our monks, and in agreement with the General Government of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, has decided to summon all the religious of our religious family to pray and offer sacrifices for peace in Syria and Egypt. In a particular manner, we propose that in all our houses and apostolic works (parishes, Houses of Mercy, schools, etc..), the coming Sunday, September 1, be a special day dedicated to prayer for peace, especially offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar for this intention, and asking our communities and parishioners to pray for the same purpose. As I had told you in my previous circular, in which we had convoked a similar day of prayer on 23rd December, we place our complete trust in the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who said: “I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18,19-20).
In particular, we ask you to remember our missionaries who are in these tormented regions, and also the parishioners and beneficiaries of our missions there.
We put these intentions in the hands of Mary, Queen of Peace and Mother of the Prince of Peace.
In the Incarnate Word and His Blessed Mother,
Fr. Carlos Walker, IVE