This morning, news of the bombing of a Syriac Catholic church in Baghdad hit my feed reader via the Archdiocese of Toronto blog. I directed me to the BBC report of the incident, where I read with horror of this targetted attack on the Eve of the Feast of All Saints.
My first reaction was to call my mother-in-law Josephine to see if she knew anyone in that parish. She had contacts world-wide in the Syrian-Catholic community and elsewhere. And then I remembered her passing almost three months ago. It’s funny…Zouheir says that he keeps going to pick up the phone to call her and then remembers that he can’t. Josephine made friends wherever she went, and even in the months before she died, she kept in contact with friends and family by phone. She was also introduced to Skype in her final year and enjoyed seeing her grandchildren that way, even if she couldn’t see them in person. And she was a prayer warrior, keeping us all close to her heart and the heart of Jesus.
Today, she would have been praying for the church in Baghdad, and I ask for her intercession for the repose of the souls of the dead, and peace to the injured and bereaved.