Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Missionary Need…Works of Mercy

The following article appeared in my diocese recent issue of our Catholic Regiser pg 17, [emphasis added]:

Palestinians beginning another type of struggle

By Judith Sudilovsky

JERUSALEM (CNS) – Implementation of the two unilateral cease-fires declared by Israel and the Palestinian militant organization Hamas does not signify an end of troubles for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip but just the start of another sort of struggle, said the Gaza Catholic parish priest.  “It is not enough to see that the war has stopped,” Msgr. Manuel Musallam told Catholic News Service by telephone. “We will begin to see psychological disturbances, diseases of question of hygiene and other disturbances. We will need to find doctors for them, and we haven’t specialists in Gaza.”

The Ministry of Health in Gaza estimates that 40 percent of the more than 1,300 Palestinians killed in the three-week Israeli offensive were women and children. Israel puts the percentage closer to one-third and says most of them were caused by Hamas militants using the local population as shields as they lobbed missiles into civilian populations into Israel.  Dr. Jibril Baroud, director of a Catholic-run medical clinic in Gaza, said many people needed the advanced medical treatment available only in Israeli hospitals, and Gaza hospitals were waiting to be able to transfer them. “The hospitals in Israel are very developed and offer complete intervention,” he said in a phone interview. “Here we have no medicines, no materials or equipment.” Baroud, who works for the Jerusalem office of the Catholic aid agency Caritas, told CNS he, too, was concerned about the possibility of the outbreak of epidemics such as cholera or typhus due to conditions in Gaza. Thousands of people shared public bathrooms, bodies remained unburied and were decomposing under the debris of destroyed buildings, and there were no facilities for washing up. Many people were suffering from anemia, gastrointestinal diseases and malnutrition, as well as skin diseases such as scabies because of lack of hygiene, he said.

“It is very difficult,” Baroud said. “There are a lot of people who have lost their homes. There is no food, no shelter, no medicine.” But Msgr. Musallam said he was more worried about emotional and psychological scars than physical wounds and disabilities. “We have plenty of children who are traumatized, many are injured … and have lost limbs,” he said. “They have become handicapped. We will need to rehabilitate all these children. How many schools will we need for all these children and men and women? How many houses?” With fewer than two dozen trained occupational therapists – 10 of whom graduated from Bethlehem University in the West Bank via a four-year teleconferencing program in the occupational therapy department – Gaza will be in dire need of foreign therapists and mental health specialists to treat traumatized and severely injured children and adults, said Msgr. Musallam.

If you are a professional Health Care or Mental Care provider, could you consider helping?

Even if you have no experience in these fields, everyone consider the following:

Diving Mercy in My Soul – The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska

Deeds of Mercy §1145-59

Knowledge of the Will of God comes in Three (3) aspects:

(1) “…souls separated from the world will burn and an offering before God’s throne and beg for mercy for the whole world…and by their entreaties they will obtain blessings for priests, and through their prayers prepare the world for the final coming of Jesus.

What does it mean, “souls separated from the world”?  There are two examples that I can think of where this might apply. First: the Monastic Cloistered Religious men and women. Second: the Lay “cloistered” men and women who fill their days with prayer and daily Mass, not indulging in the presentation of the mass media through hours of television, the engagement of frivolous movies, and the hours of internet surfing with nothing specific in mind.  In their daily activities, they live their vocations to the fullest doing as St. Teresé of the Child Jesus taught, “Doing all for Jesus in the little things.” – her little way.  At any rate, this means that anyone can participate in the practice of “separating from the world” to ask for the mercy of God to be given to themselves and others.

(2) “The second is prayer jointed to the act of mercy.  IN particular, they will defend the souls of children against the spirit of evil.  Prayer and merciful deeds are all that will be required of these souls, and even the poorest persons can be admitted to their number.  And in this egoistic world, they will try to rouse up love, the mercy of Jesus.

“…they will defend the souls of children again the spirit of evil”…There are many who are called to the “front lines” of the defense of the Unborn Children, but their efforts would be wasted without the efforts of those who are on another “front line”.  That other line is the “Spiritual Front”.  It is here that the evil is faced without anything in between.  It is here that direct conflict in the Spirit takes place; commonly known as Spiritual Warfare.  Their prayers and supplication go a great distance in the Realm of God, and give many graces necessary to sustain their brothers and sisters who are called to the physical ‘front lines’ of the war: “The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.” ~ James 5:16b

(3) The third is prayer and deeds of mercy without any obligation of taking vows.  By doing this, these persons will have a share in all the merits and privileges of the whole… Everyone in the world can belong to this group.

These deeds include:

1. The merciful word – forgiving and bringing comfort

2. If no word can be offered, then pray, for this too is mercy.

3. Deeds of mercy – such as caring for and feeding the poor; giving clothes to them who have none; visiting those who are in prison; welcoming the stranger who is alone and new in your midst; caring for the sick and the dying (cf. Mt. 25:31-46).

“God’s floodgates have been opened for us.  Let us want to take advantage of them before the day of God’s Justice arrives.  And that will be a dreadful day!”

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