His Wrath Upon Their Heads

Revelation 1:9-10  I, John, your brother
and your partner in tribulation

and in the kingdom and patience in Christ Jesus,
was in the island which is called Patmos,
for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus.
I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day
and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet…

Revelation 1:13-18  And in the midst
of the seven golden candlesticks,
one like to the Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the feet,
and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
And his head and his hairs were white as white wool
and as snow.
And his eyes were as a flame of fire:
And his feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace.
And his voice as the sound of many waters.
And he had in his right hand seven stars.
And from his mouth came out a sharp two-edged sword.
And his face was as the sun shineth in his power.
And when I had seen him, I fell at his feet as dead.
And he laid his right hand upon me, saying:
Fear not.
I am the First and the Last, And alive, and was dead.
And behold I am living for ever and ever
and have the keys of death and of hell.


There has been an orgy of violence in Iraq this week, as terrorists have set off a series of bombs, murdering well over 100 people. But what happened last Sunday was so utterly horrific that it merits special, and thunderous, condemnation, backed up with lethal force if necessary.

On Sunday, an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group stormed into the cathedral of the Syriac Catholic Church, Our Lady of Deliverance, during the evening Mass. They immediately killed the priest offering the Holy Mass – three priests in all were murdered. They began shooting members of the congregation, and held hostage others who took refuge in a locked room. When the security forces stormed the church, the jihadists killed as many as they could, and some of them set off the suicide bombs on their belts.

Close to 60 Catholics were killed. In their cathedral. At Mass. It has now come to this, where Christians are killed at prayer by Muslim fanatics.

Christians have been in Iraq from the earliest centuries, long before there was an Iraq or, one might note, there was Islam. Jihadists have launched a campaign with genocidal intent, aimed at driving out every last Christian from what they consider to be an Islamic land. It is now clear that the only place such jihadists envision for Christians in Iraq is the grave.

Read more from Father Raymond J. De Souza

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