- Unfortunately, the pragmatic tactics to uphold positions and gain personal benefits was and is still the overruling policy in Iraq since the fall of the previous regime. As a result and due to the  referendum and the right of self-determination declared by the Government of Kurdistan Region (KRG), the tension with the Iraqi Central Government (ICG) is escalating and raises fears, while others are beating war drums in such a blur situation of conflict. If, God forbid, there will be a military confrontation, in such devastating circumstances, both socially and economically, the consequences will be disastrous for all Iraqis, especially for minorities, who are always victims and losers. It will be similar to what happened in Nineveh Plain upon the invasion of ISIS terrorists, where minorities were murdered, displaced, and left vulnerably to face demographic change and migration.

It is important that everyone should realize the seriousness and the actual facts of this situation to hurry up and courageously resume the reconciliation negotiations before it is too late. Moreover, it is urgently required to coordinate and bring together a number of internal issues of common concern in order to promote social harmony and civil peace. Wisdom should play a vital role in prevailing the voice of moderation, to defuse the crisis, war is not a solution, and would never be a substitute for dialogue. Frankly, such war cannot be endured by either side.

We as Christians, have no power to preserve our rights and our presence, either in Iraq or in Kurdistan Region. Knowing that, most of the Christian parties and militia are seeking livelihood rather than concerning about Christians’ issues. Therefore, war means migration of the rest of Christians, who will have no presence in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region at all.

Finally, we ask our Lord to inspire the decision makers to do what is right.

+ Louis Raphael Sako

http://saint-adday.com/?p=19322


Teachings of Christ

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10 ESV)

Transfiguration

You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you." (Proverbs 3:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"'And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan' [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as new-born babes, even as the Lord has declared: `Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (190 AD), Fragment 34