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Reflections Upon A Chaldean Heart
By Evon Elias :: Friday, April 6, 2007 :: 23925 Views :: Religion & Spirituality

Writer Evon Elias shares an inspirational essay with readers. 

"From deep within a faithful church, a priest tells his loved ones to read a section of the Gospel of Matthew from the Holy Bible and reflect on it, bringing about words and emotions that then form into prayers.

With this reflection, I only hope and pray for it to touch the depths of your heart, because it came from the depths of mine. May it help you to realize who we are... what we are... and what He did.

It is in moments like these that changes take place, that the shape of the person's faith is molded into something new... something better.

With love to each and every one of you...

I wish that this brings you to a new level, makes you grow from someone you once were, to the person that you are meant to be.

God Bless."


As it was said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Dear Lord, there come times where we take our words to be strong and our thoughts to be well-built, but what are they if our actions weak?

What are they if we do not play the role that we have been assigned in the gift of life that we have been blessed with?

You, Beloved Christ, are our mission. Some may say that the right path is never easy, and though in some ways it is true, with Your overflowing grace and compassion, the strength that You provide will find its way to our hearts and spirits.

For what are our hardships compared to Yours?

Your Passion was given in indescribable ways. Not only did You speak of love, think of the faith, and give all hope… but You offered, willingly, Your whole source of being: Your life. Your breath.

Beyond all the sorrow, what strikes my heart with absolute torment, is that with every sin committed, every time I turn my back and do what I know to be wrong according to Your Holy Will, I strike You again as they did on that dreadful day. Again I cause anguish.

Consciously, I bring pain to the One that saved my life… the One that loves me unconditionally… the One that will never leave my side. The irony: of hurting You, when You are, in every way, shape, and form… the completion of who I am, and may come to be.

Many believe that the big moments that occur in life, are when a new chapter begins, but that’s not always the case. With every mediation I dedicate to You, with every prayer I give from my heart, every word on my lips, every tear on my cheek, I grow. I change.

My love for You grows deeper. The strength in me is Your strength: leading me to be what You wish for me to be. This prayer now begins a new page in my life: a new start to the faith I have in You. A new approach to the blessings You provide and the graces that You give. A new accepting of Your undying love.

And with this new page, it helps me to realize that the misery You suffered in the garden, on through the time of Your death, is so much in itself, that I would not dare to take part and have You suffer again, just to fulfill the desire of the flesh, which is weak. I yearn to lighten the weight of the cross by making my sins disappear, with no return.

It is Your adoration that improves the person that I am, makes me believe that day after day, I can say with my whole heart, “Your will be done”, as You did. I take my cross, and bear it, knowing that no matter what comes my way, You will be there to keep my soul calm…our two sets of footprints, as it has always been.

Even if Your despair, You found a tranquil moment.

My thanks to You will never amount to what they should be. So though I say thank You, what I can say truly is that I love no other like I love You. I cry for no other like I cry for You. I speak to no other like I speak to You.

You hear the words from my mouth, my heart, my soul… You feel what I feel through my smile, my tears, and my pain… It is You that shines for me, You that brings me to a place of trust and devotion that no other can possibly dream of. With every beat of Your heart from the time in the garden till Your death on the cross, my heart beats with Yours, my tears flow with Yours. Now & Always.

Amen.

 


Reflection: 1 Good Friday Prayer / Evon Elias - 2007

 

Evon Elias is an Oakland University, Michigan student with a deep understanding and interest in religious and spiritual matters. Ms. Elias writes for www.CHALDEAN.org and publishes her work in the religious and spiritual section of the community website.  Comments regarding this article or suggestions for future articles can be sent to info@chaldean.org or directly to Ms. Elias at WithHisLove48@yahoo.com


 

Mar Addai Church, MI USA

Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Church
24010 Coolidge Hwy.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Tel: (248) 547-4648
Fax: (248) 399-9089

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Founding Pastor:
Rev. Stephen Kallabat

Current Pastor:
Rev. Stephan Kallabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Sulemina Denha
 


 

Rev. Stephen Kallabat


Fr. Stephan Kallabat was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing seven years of scholarly work for the priesthood in Mosul, Iraq Fr. Kallabat was accepted at the prestigious university in Rome.  There he spent six additional years of scholarly work in the areas of philosophy and theology and an additional four years in scriptural studies. 

Ordained a priest in 1966 by Pope Paul VI he returned to Iraq to serve the Holy Family parish until his departure to Michigan, U.S. in 1979 to serve the growing population of Chaldeans.  Fr. Kallabat was appointed assistant pastor, then pastor of Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan. 

Hitting the ground running, Fr. Kallabat is credited with raising the necessary funds to provide Chaldeans in the local area a church and community center of their own.  Fr. Kallabat continues to serve the parish and Chaldean community as their pastor.   

Rev. Fadi Habib Khalaf

Fr. Fadi Habib Khalaf was born in Baghdad May 10, 1974.  Fr. Khalaf graduated from Baghdad University in 1997 and soon after joined the Chaldean seminary in Baghdad.  While there Fr. Khalaf earned a scholarship to attend the Urbanian Pontifical University in Rome.  There he earned another bachelor’s degree in theology and was ordained deacon in Rome on May 8, 2004. 

Fr. Khalaf then returned to Baghdad where he was officially ordained as a priest.  Afterward Fr. Khalaf returned to Rome to further his studies.  In 2006 Fr. Khalaf was appointed to serve Chaldeans in the United States.  

In the summer of 2006 he arrived to the Chaldean diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle and was cardinated into the Diocese and elected to serve at Mar Addai parish on March 15, 2007 as the Parochial Vicar.

Rev. Suleiman Denha

Rev. Suleiman Denha was born in Telkaif, Iraq.  He began his priestly studies in 1951 in Mosul, Iraq and was ordained in 1959.  Fr. Denha taught in Telkaif until 1961, when he was appointed pastor in Basra, Iraq in 1966. 

After immigrating to the Unite States in 1979, he was appointed to serve the Chaldean community in Virginia.  A year later, Fr. Denha was recruited to assist the much larger population of Chaldeans in Detroit. 

Upon his arrival Fr. Denha assisted Fr. Yasso at Sacred Heart Church.  In 1982 he was asked to temporally assist St. Joseph Church in Troy, returning a year later Sacred Heart. 

In 1991, he was appointed to Mar Addai Church in Oak Park, Michigan as the Parochial Vicar, where he still serves the community today.