Day 46

Hello everyone,

Thanks for reading.  Made the ride from Boonville to Blue Mountain Lake today, about 68miles.  Less humidity today.  Dense green woods through the Adirondacks.  Shady on both sides of the road.  The ride was very up and down.  Homes nestled away in the woods.  Many lakes and lake homes. Beautiful area.  Staying in a camper the tonight.  It was half the price of a cabin.  I think its great. 

Did a phone interview with Catholic News Services reporter Colleen Dulleo. The bureau chief there is Julie Asher who is a Bishop Machebeuf High School grad (where our daughters went also).  She saw a story about me on the alumni magazine, The Beacon. I am thankful that in these closing days that we can continue to get the word out about Christian persecution in the Middle East.  Please see the following paragraphs.

Talk to you soon.

An excerpt from Nina Shea's article titled Silence of the Churches from First Things:
On recent visits to Rome’s two famous Jesuit churches Gesu and Sant’Ignazio, I searched in vain for any sign of recognition of two beloved European Jesuits. Before being recently attacked by jihadists in Syria, they had devoted some forty years each to serving Syria’s poor and oppressed.  Editor and media personality Father Jim Martin, S.J., told me that they were “great men of peace.” Indeed: Fr. Frans van der Lugt, who cared for disabled children of all faiths and refused to leave them when the war started, was dragged from his monastery in Homs, and beaten, shot, and left to die in the street.  Fr. Paolo Dall’Oglio had gone to negotiate a hostage release and a truce between Islamist rebels and local Kurds at ISIS headquarters in Raqqa when he disappeared.   I’ve never heard these great men mentioned at Georgetown University’s Sunday Masses that I frequently attend, either. 

“Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered?” asked World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder. In breaking this silence, American churches can help the persecuted—both to stay safely and thrive in their home countries and, if impossible, to give them refuge here. And, as Sudanese Catholic Bishop Macram Gassis once instructed me, these Christians are not “mendicants.”  Their powerful witness can revitalize our own faith.  America’s churches should turn on red spotlights too—if only to remind themselves to pause and reflect on this terrible era of Christian martyrdom.

Nina Shea is the Director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom in Washington, DC.

Today's Route: Boonville, NY to Blue Mountain Lake, NY