Posts in Middle East
One Blood

On October 31st, 2010, I hovered my heavy head above a toilet at Famous Players and waited for my stomach to rest, trying to block out the images of the Asian girl cut in half by a power saw as everyone in the theatre laughed.  On October 31st, 2010, thousands of miles away, Iraqi Catholics of the Our Lady of Deliverance Church in Baghdad were shot at, maimed and mutilated by grenades, ball bearings and shrapnel – men, women and children alike, by men who thought these people were less than animals. 

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A Heart Like Lebanon

I’d met Khalid many years ago at the St. John the Compassionate Mission on Queen and Broadview where I serve every Sunday.  He was a short man with a slight forward tilt.  He looked well into his fifties or possibly early sixties.  The man rolled a small cart behind him filled to the top with bags stuffed with all kinds of miscellaneous items.  He wore a small cap too small for his head, black Denver Hayes old man pants and a knitted grey sweater with stitched red diamonds that would make Bill Cosby proud.  The man smiled at me and told me his name.  I gave him mine.

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