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Reflections Upon A Chaldean Heart
By Evon Elias :: Friday, April 6, 2007 :: 24497 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


 

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Congregation Organizer:
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Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.