Monday, March 9, 2009
A Man Who Truly Touched My Life
Today is the feast day of Pope Kyrillos VI. The following is a guest post by Dr. Maged Tawfik.
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1)
Abouna Bishoy’s life was marked by a heightened awareness of the cloud of witnesses surrounding the church. He had a deep appreciation for the role the cloud played in cheering us on, and supporting us in our daily struggles in this world of sin. His affinity with many members of that cloud was infectious. This manifested itself in him being the driving force behind the annual issuance of a book about the late Pope Kyrillos VI. Having a heart that felt for every member of his congregation, he insisted that the book be written in both Arabic and English for the benefit of each family member. Having a deep understanding of the message of the Gospel, he favored a book that had an authentic spiritual message rather than a superficial collection of miracles.
It is only perfectly befitting, albeit seemingly premature, that he now joins the very same cloud.
And now, Abouna Bishoy, as you look on us from your heavenly perch, from that cloud, do not cease to cheer us on, as we labor. Pray for us when we falter. We will never forget your voice, your countenance, nor the bit of Christ you bore in our midst.
Till we join you and the rest of the cloud, Godspeed!