Nebek – There is still no news about the fate of the Roman Jesuit Paolo Dall’Oglio, kidnapped at the end of July 2013 while he was in Raqqa. But the monks and nuns of the monastic community of Khalil Allah, which he founded in the restored Syrian monastery of Deir Mar Musa, have released a Christmas letter in which they tell friends and acquaintances the feelings and the works that mark their journey towards the feast that celebrates the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
The letter also provides information on the initiatives implemented in the last year by members of the Community. And it is said that even the “mother house” of Deir Mar Musa recorded a resumption of pastoral activity and reception in the last year addressed to both Christian and Muslim pilgrims. “The valley of our monastery” reads the letter, also sent to Agenzia Fides ” was dressed in a fascinating red gown, made from the poppy flowers scattered everywhere. With the arrival of spring we have experienced this year, for the first time after the long years of war, an enormous joy at seeing the entrance of the road to the monastery full of movement, due to the presence of many Nebek families coming to visit us. Fridays were the days we received hundreds of people. What a joy to see Christian and Moslem families climbing up again together to receive the blessing of this sacred place! What comfort to receive the visits of the young Moslem men and women from Nebek who come to show ‘their’ monastery to their Christian friends and colleagues from other areas who do not know the monastery! How moving it was when some Moslem women approached the sisters to ask for prayers for their intention”.
The monks and nuns of Deir Mar Musa also recall the visits of many groups (young people, women, families, catechists, scouts….) from different parishes and also from the schools of the surrounding towns. And express joy for the enthusiasm of the parish priest of the Siro-Catholic church of Nebek, Father Saed Massouh, and for his frequent presence at the monastery, accompanied by various groups from the parish, especially of young people. “The rooms of the monastery of al-Hayek”, cleaned of the “dust from the war, have opened their doors to welcome visitors who have come to spend a little time of prayer and meditation, far from the noise of the city and from life’s worries, in order to return recharged with strength to confront the challenges of daily life”.
Source: Fides News