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Reflections Upon A Chaldean Heart
By Evon Elias :: Friday, April 6, 2007 :: 23926 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


 

St. George, MI USA
St. George Chaldean Catholic Church
45700 Dequinder Rd.,
Shelby Twp., MI 48317
Tel: (586) 254-7221
Fax: (586) 254-2874
 
Pastor: Rev.
Emanuel Shaleta
Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Basel Yaldo

Rev. Emanuel Shaleta 
Rev. Emanuel Hana Isho Shaleta was born in the village of Peshabur in northern Iraq. After completing his primary education he applied and was admitted in September 1971, to the illustrious St. John Seminary in Mosul, Iraq. In 1977 Rev. Shaleta was awarded a scholarship to study philosophy and theology in the renowned Urbaniana Pontifical University in Rome. There he obtained a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology. 
 
The reverends impressive work earned him the honor to be ordained to the priesthood by the hands of Pope John Paul II, in St. Peter Basilica in Rome on May 31, 1984. 
 
On June 3, 1987, Fr. Shaleta was assigned to serve as pastor for St. Paul Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California, where he served for just about a decade and a half. 
 
In December 2000, Fr. Shaleta was called to assist St. Jospeh Catholic Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan and shortly thereafter was appointed pastor in 2002. Fr. Shaleta’s impressive leadership merited a unanimous appointment as the first pastor of St. George Chaldean Catholic Church, in Shelby Twp. Michigan, billed as the largest Chaldean church in the world. Fr. Shaleta continues to this day to impressively lead the faithful and offer wonderful opportunities and service to the community. 
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo
 
Rev. Basel Yaldo was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1970. Rev. Yaldo graduated from the National Teachers College in Iraq in 1989 and was drafted in the army in 1990. In 1993, he was honorably discharged for his service. A year later Rev. Yaldo was admitted to Babel College in Baghdad to study philosophy and theology. There Fr. Yaldo, received a scholarship to study in Rome at Urban College, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in theology in 2001. 
 
On November 23, 2002, Fr. Yaldo was ordained a priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, Bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle for the Chaldeans. Fr. Yaldo continued his studies whereby he completed a masters degree in Dogmatic Theology with a focus on Marian studies from Urban College in 2003. 
 
The following year he was appointed assistant director of the seminary in the Dora district of Baghdad, and taught Dogmatic Theology at Babel College. His commanding leadership and steadfast skills earned him the secretarial appointment to Patriarch Emanuel III Delly. Upon completion of his duties as patriarchal secretary, Fr. Yaldo was nominated and selected as assistant pastor to St. George Chaldean Catholic Church Shelby Township, Michigan.