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Strong words about Obama from Syria’s Trappist nuns

September 04, 2013

The members of a small community of Trappistine nuns in Syria recently posted their reflections on the situation there.

“All has been destroyed: a nation destroyed, generations of young people exterminated, children growing up wielding weapons, women winding up alone and targeted by various types of violence,” they said, according to a translation published by Catholic World Report. “Families, traditions, homes, religious buildings, monuments that tell and preserve history and therefore the roots of a people…all destroyed.”

The nuns added:

Will they make us breathe the toxic gases of the depots they hit, tomorrow, so as to punish us for the gases we have already breathed in?

The people are straining their eyes and ears in front of the television: all they’re waiting for is a word from Obama!

A word from Obama? Will the Nobel Peace Prize winner drop his sentence of war onto us? Despite all justice, all common sense, all mercy, all humility, all wisdom?

The Pope has spoken up, patriarchs and bishops have spoken up, numberless witnesses have spoken up, analysts and people of experience have spoken up, even the opponents of the regime have spoken up…. Yet here we all are, waiting for just one word from the great Obama? And if it weren’t him, it would be someone else. It isn’t he who is “the great one,” it is the Evil One who these days is really acting up.

The problem is that it has become too easy to pass lies off as noble gestures, to pass ruthless self-interest off as a search for justice, to pass the need to appear [strong] and to wield power off as a “moral responsibility not to look away…”


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  • Posted by: chady - Sep. 05, 2013 5:36 AM ET USA

    President Obama make God your rock, and your stronghold, your fortress, stand firm by him. Be not a tottering wall or a tumbling fence. Take no pleasure in lies or in the hearts of those who curse! Rest your soul in him for hope comes from Him. Take refuge in Him and trust Him at all times. Do not put your trust in oppression or in the vain hope of plunder. To God alone belongs power and to Him our obedience. For each of us will be repaid according to our deeds. Amen

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Sep. 05, 2013 12:26 AM ET USA

    Courageous nuns,who are clear on who is the Evil one and the damage he can do. It is obvious they are not helping him do his work!

  • Posted by: bruno - Sep. 04, 2013 9:26 PM ET USA

    In one word, their letter is prophetic!

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Sep. 04, 2013 8:23 AM ET USA

    The ring of truth!! These nuns mince no words; they name names and speak with authority to power! I only hope the many wayward nuns in the US read this. It demonstrates what a really independent voice sounds like, and puts to shame their lapdog-to-every-liberal-notion 'stance'.