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A Letter to the Faithful of St. Peter Diocese From the Apostolic Administrator

Letter from the heart to all the faithful of St. Peter Chaldean Diocese

My beloved,

Peace of the Lord be with you.

Since my arrival to San Diego on May 14, 2016 I met most of the important persons in St. peter Diocese: bishops, monks, nuns, and faithful—I would like to say thank you to all of you for your love and cooperation. I pray to God that love, unity, and peace would be with us all. St Paul in his letter to the Ephesians said, “I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift” (Ephesians 4: 1-7) “and follow Christ by loving as he loved you, giving himself up for us as an offering and a sweet-smelling sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5: 2).

Dear brothers and sisters at St Peter Diocese, peace of the Lord be with you. These are the words of the Holy Spirit according to what was written by St Paul and his request of the Ephesians. Here I am repeating it to every single one of you, adults and children, in order for us to build the church of God and spend everything precious for it. The Lord Jesus Christ, who sacrificed himself for us, commands us to help each other. By his flesh and blood, which he offered for us to eat and drink, he united us. By consuming his body and blood we became one body.

St, Paul asked us to compete in doing good and to do our best not to sabotage or condemn others, “Do not judge and you will not be judged…Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. ( Luke 6 : 37 ). With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. (Mt. 7:1-2) Our speech should be filled with love similar to the salt that preserves. Jesus loved us and died for us. He wants us to become a sacrifice for each other. This is true love. Are we ready to die for each other? If the answer is positive, our church will succeed and our Diocese will advance, but if our love is conditional, we will lose everything; therefore we should obey what the Lord commands us through St. Paul. We should interact with each other with humbleness, gentleness, and patience. Let us learn from our Lord Jesus Christ, he who said: “learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mat. 11:29).

Yours In Christ,
+ Mar Shlemon Warduni
The Apostolic Administrator