Tinzert, Morocco, 5 January 2018

The village of Tinzert is at least 600 years old. Built on the mountainside at 1600 meters, the village was originally used only in the summers, when warm weather made life too hot in the valley below. Inhabited mostly by farmers, the village has grown to become the full-year residence of a couple of hundred Moroccan Berbers.



We are thankful for:

    • How the early Christian church developed here.
    • The biodiversity of plants, animals and the natural terrain.
    • How Berber, Arab and European cultures have blended.
    • How these countries have remained and stood against the invasion of cultural and military forces from elsewhere.

      We pray for:

        • all the people of these countries: Muslims, the tiny remnant of Christians, those of other faiths who continuing bearing witness to their faiths and for all people of good will.
        • an end to political violence.
        • an end to how dominating powers have fought over these lands and their resources through the years.
        • for those suffering exploitation and mistreatment as they travel through these countries.


          Prayer on the road of life

          God of life, there are days
          when the burdens we carry are heavy on our shoulders and weigh us down,
          when the road seems dreary and endless, the skies grey and threatening,
          when our lives have no music in them,
          our hearts lonely,
          our souls losing their courage.
          Flood the path with light.
          Turn our eyes to where the skies are full of promise;
          tune our hearts to brave music;
          give us the sense of comradeship with heroes and saints of every age.
          So quicken our spirits
          that we may be able to encourage the souls of all,
          who journey with us on the road of life,
          to your honour and glory.

          (attributed to Augustine of Hippo)

          Here am I before you, O my God. 
          Here am I, rich in misery and poverty,
          and a cowardice without name.
          Here am I before you, who are nothing but love and mercy.
          Before you, but by your grace alone,
          I am here, all of me,
          with all my spirit,
          all my heart,
          all my will.  

          (Frère Bruno of Tibhirine monastery, assassinated in May 1996)


          I want peace -
          around the world.
          I want peace -
          in our neighbourhood (village).
          I want peace -
          so that everyone can be joyous.
          I want peace -
          so that everyone can be happy.
          I want peace -
          so that all are free.
          I want peace -
          so that all become friends.
          I want peace -
          so that I can embrace my enemy.
          Long live peace!
          Long live peace!
          O God, grant us your peace!

          (Yemai, 13 years old, Tunisia, adapted.)