Tag Archives: justice and peace

with a feeling of despair and urgency

30 Apr

Father Ibrahim Shomali, pastor of Annunciation Catholic Church in Beit Jala (Bethlehem) emailed to me this scanned copy of a two-page letter written to Pope Francis by the Mayor of Beit Jala.

“All the Christian community, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran, we cry to your Holiness with a feeling of despair and urgency in order to keep alive our hope that justice and peace is still possible.”

Beit Jala letter to Pope Francis 01

“Your holiness, we have been left alone facing Israeli aggressions against our defenseless people.”

“Your holiness, your election brought us hope that things would change. We are still hopeful.”

We are a community of faithful, the mother church that still refuses to die and keeps bringing a message of hope when there is no hope.”

Beit Jala letter Mayor of Beit Jala to Pope English 02

May this letter find its way to the eyes and the heart of our beloved Pope Francis.

Click on letter to enlarge and read.

I am the cheese to your macaroni

21 Feb

I am the milk to your cookies … I am the cheese to your macaroni … I am el zeit to your zatar … I am el laban to your mansaf.

It sounds like something Jesus might say, “I am light for your darkness, forgiveness for your sins, hope for your despair.”

Actually, it is written by my Palestinian friend, Ranim. She spends her family time in Beit Jala (Bethlehem) in the West Bank of Palestine and her school time in the neighboring country of Jordan. Ranim and her American-Jordanian friend were taking a break from their study of medicine and were relaxing by thinking of things that just belong together or are always found together or complete each other like …

milk and cookies

macaroni and cheese

zeit (olive oil) and zatar (thyme)

mansaf (lamb, rice and pine nuts) and laban (yogurt)

— and like justice and peace!