Catholics in Pakistan
Archdiocese of Lahore

God Himself is our ultimate source of healing, Archbishop Shaw

Adha (Sialkot): In a somber gathering at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Adha Parish, a memorial Mass was held on September 12, 2023, to commemorate the lives of six young souls tragically lost in a road accident. Zeeshan Iqbal, Chand Javed, Aman Joseph, Sharon Gulzar, Sahil Shahid, and Adil Aslam were on their Annual Pilgrimage to Mariamabad, a sacred journey dedicated to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary when the tragic incident occurred.

The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by His Grace Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw, Archbishop of Lahore along with the participation of Fr. William Basharat, the Parish Priest, and several other clergy of the diocese. As the congregation gathered to mourn the untimely loss of these vibrant young individuals, Archbishop Shaw offered words of solace and encouragement, seeking to provide comfort amidst profound sorrow.

Archbishop Shaw reminded the gathered faithful that in times of deep wounds and overwhelming grief, it is God Himself who becomes the ultimate source of healing. He emphasized that when we faced with immense sorrow, it is through our Creator that we find genuine solace. The archbishop’s words resonated deeply with those in attendance, offering a ray of hope in the midst of their anguish.

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Throughout the solemn occasion, Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw and the attending priests extended their unwavering support to the families of the departed youths. Their presence and comforting words provided the warmth of compassion and understanding desperately needed during such trying times.

Fr. William Basharat, in a heartfelt address to the congregation, expressed his profound gratitude to all the faithful believers and members of the community for their unwavering compassion and support for the families affected by this tragic accident. He acknowledged the strength that comes from the collective empathy and kindness of a community in times of adversity, emphasizing the importance of coming together to share the burden of grief.

In conclusion, the memorial Mass held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church served as a poignant reminder of the power of faith, compassion, and community in times of tragic loss. The lives of Zeeshan Iqbal, Chand Javed, Aman Joseph, Sharon Gulzar, Sahil Shahid, and Adil Aslam were celebrated, and their memory will forever be cherished in the hearts of those who gathered to honor them. As the community came together to find solace and strength in their shared faith, they exemplified the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, holding fast to the belief that even in the darkest of moments, the light of compassion and understanding can shine through.

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