During a time of great tribulations for the church, when a great number of priests, bishops and other civilians were arrested and detained in El-Natroon Valley prison, the late Fr. Youssef Assaad was among those who were incarcerated. Due to lack of space, the bishops, priests and all others were grouped together in one floor with triple bunker beds. It was during one night when everyone was praying together with the only light coming from oil lanterns fueled by oil gathered from breakfast beans, that Fr. Assaad was so moved by the heavenly sight of that congregation that he asked for a small camera to be sent to him.
The prison warden was furious when he found out about it and summoned one of the bishops at once to his office. When the bishop returned, he broke the news that because of Fr. Assaad’s actions, the warden has issued new stricter rules, even affecting food sent from other churches and rest periods outside the confinement areas.
The Bishop then turned to Fr. Assaad and scolded him saying, “You’re making yourself liable for some very charges because of this camera. You’ll not leave prison.”
In the calmest of voices, Fr. Assaad replied: “Do not worry about me, for I will be the first out of prison.”
Afterwards, Fr. Assaad kept on with his prayers and was among the First group to be released from prison.
O’Lord, grant me the spirit of faith with prayers,
So that I trust in the richness of your wisdom and your power.
When tribulations are many,
When the sea and its waves are at their highest,
You come to me, to reassure and rest my soul.
Liable for their Sins
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