—From the blog post 5 Things You Can Do Right Now as ISIS Threatens Iraqi Christians and Shiites by Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress
2) Make a sacrifice; offer it for the sake of these people: It needn’t be a big thing. Give up a seat on public transportation; give someone else the right-of-way; resist an urge to snark; forgo tonight’s glass of wine; bite back a clever retort meant to wound; turn off the television. Any of these small sacrifices, done mindfully, will make a difference, because a thought is a thing. “Offering it up” may be an oldie but it’s still a goodie. A small sacrifice, offered intentionally for a greater good, is efficacious in battle. It is a spiritual warrior’s grenade, strategically released.
Find the other 5 HERE.
From an Update to the blog linked to above:
. . .let us call on the great Cloud of Witnesses who have preceded us in our 2,000 year history, and ask them for their prayers before the Throne: Saint Francis, himself, friend of the Sultan. The Maronite monk, Saint Sharbel Maklouf. Saint Macarius the Great, of Egypt. Blessed Mary of Christ Crucified the Syrian Carmelite known in Palestine as “Al Qiddisa” (The holy one). Amma Syncletica of Alexandria, the Desert Mother. Blessed Charles Eugène de Foucauld, martyr.
As I said yesterday, we are not powerless; we are in possession of the most subversive weapon of ambush, which is prayer, which moves through and pours forth from time and space, intercepting and impacting our times, beyond what we can comprehend.
Also read Fr. Robert Barron’s article: The Attack on Christians in the Middle East