Suheil Carries His Cross

3 Oct

photo credit: Mark Bowen/HOPE

Suheil was standing out. In the East believers stand at some times during the Mass when we in the West normally kneel. At the Mass at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity he was standing up and standing out.

Notice what is above him. It is the second of the Stations of the Cross: Jesus carries his cross.

Living in the small town of Zababdeh in the West Bank, Suheil, his family and his students carry the cross in a way that those of us who live in Milford find difficult to imagine. “These people carry the cross,” is often the response of those who meet and speak with the Christians who live their faith in the Holy Land.

Suheil and his people are at Station II. We can only hope to lift them up, as they meet us at Station V. Like Jesus, they carry the cross. Like Simon of Cyrene, at least with our affection and attention, we can help them.

One Response to “Suheil Carries His Cross”


  1. Misconceptions « HOPE voices - October 3, 2011

    […] Palestinian Christians’ view as well.   Be sure to check out Fr. Rob’s blog today: Click here: Suheil Carries His Cross « With Open Doors Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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