“One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, ‘Jesus!'” (1)
They are the “new martyrs” and sadly, we are the “new mob”, “we are the hollow men”.
“I’ve learnt something important from the horrors of the last few weeks. As I pray for the Christians in Mosul, it becomes clear to me that I need their prayers more than they need mine. … I thank God for the humbling gift of allowing me to witness these new martyrs walking on their way to salvation before my very eyes. … We are witnessing the birth of holiness; we are part of a miracle.” (2)
The Hollow Men by T. S. Eliot
We are the hollow men
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar…
This is the way the world ends (3)
Not with a bang but a whimper.
Watch Marlon Brando legendary reading of “The Hollow Men” in Francis Ford Coppola’s and Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking classic Apocalypse Now (1979) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPeHO1r8paU and also listen to T. S. Eliot himself reading it in his own unforgettable manner at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fu8awT5Jzs
(2) For the full article “NEW MARTYRS. NEW MOB” go to Father Seraphim’s last year blog entry at http://www.mullmonastery.com/uncategorized/new-martyrs-new-mob/, ” still timely, with the ever-rising wave of genocidal persecution of Christians by Muslims.