ARCHBISHOP'S MESSAGE

Bishop’s Message


For many years I've been reciting a prayer daily, in which I stand silently and with reverence, awe, amazement and wonder at the work of God "Bless the Lord, O my soul... The lord is merciful and gracious..." (Psalm 103) It is wonder that makes my heart overflow with joy and thankfulness and allows me the certainty that God is behind everything that helps me prevail; a vision that stems from my deep faith that God is behind every success, and that he blesses the service that I give with my fellow ministers in every spiritual, social and health sector.

The service of love is the foundation of my work, indeed the love of Christ urges us (2 Corinthians 5/14) and therefore service to the poor and the needy is one of the priorities of my life. As a non-profit organization our mission is to provide help to all our patients; as part of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archdiocese of Zahle, that mission becomes an incontestable duty however. One that sees us honoring the values of the Gospels within which our own values took root, and which tell us that to walk in love with all men and women, as Christ did, is our calling. We honor that calling by contributing to, and improving, the health and wellbeing of all those in our community.

We also have to always thank God and praise Him for all his gifts, bless all benefactors who are overflowing us with love and charity, with them we build the city on whose doors we write "thanks for your blessing O Lord".

 

By the Mercy of God

(Most Rev) Issam John Darwish, BSO, DD

Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Furzol, Zahle and the Bekaa, Lebanon