Arise, O Christians, Arise!
Displaced families had been sheltering in the basement of a house in Qana, which was crushed after a direct hit.
- BBC News, 30th July, 14:33 GMT
Today Lebanon falls silent. There is no warmth left in the sun.
The darkness is deepening.
There will be a time to grieve, but it is not now. War is here; the enemy is on their doorstep. The international community refuses to help. Where are Lebanon's armies?
They still have friends. They are not alone in this fight.
There is a task now to be done. Another opportunity for Christians to prove their great worth.
Now is the hour!
Out of the dark, out of doubt, to the day's rising!
Arise, arise soldiers of Christ! Faith will be shaken, hopes shall be crushed!
A day may come when the faith of men fail, when we forsake our humanity and lose all semblance of compassion - but it is not this day! An hour of woes and broken hearts, when the last vestiges of faith are vanquished, but it is not this day. This day we fight!
We cannot achieve victory through strength of arms.
We must use the Weapons of Heaven, particularly the prayers to the Most Holy Mother of God, to assist our Christian brethren in their liberation from the Zionist oppression. Let us bombard Heaven with requests for help for the survival of the Lebanese people and for the continued existence of Christianity in the Middle East.
Forth, and fear no darkness!
- inspired by Francis' call to prayer
I do not believe this darkness will endure.
From the ashes, a fire will be woken. A light from the darkness shall spring. Renewed shall be the realm that was broken.