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Muslim and Christian victims of violence aid one another

            As we aid and shelter our brothers and sisters caught in our wars, the cup of suffering becomes a cup of solidarity.  Suffering shared is mercy experienced.  As St. John Paul II writes, “The Eucharist is not merely an expression of communion in the Church’s life; it is also a project of solidarity for all humanity.  …  The Christian who takes part in the Eucharist learns to become a promoter of communion, peace and solidarity in every situation” (Mane Nobiscum Domine, 2004).  May we Muslims and Christians drink from the same cup of suffering, and in doing so, allow God Almighty to transform our cup of suffering into a cup of blessing.