Kamal Hourani is a first year student in the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.
The Reading Room at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology was filled with focused silence and the loud sighings of hearts as students, faculty, and guests watched a movie that revealed the horrors of the social disease known as Human Trafficking.
On the evening of Saturday, October 24th The Holy Cross Bookstore hosted and sponsored a forum on human trafficking facilitated by Dr. Timothy Patitsas, Professor of Ethics at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Participants were first shown segments from the first part of a three part documentary entitled “A Path Appears”, which explored the industry of human trafficking in the U.S. (particularly sex trafficking of women), its causes, the scars it leaves, and the fight against it.
After watching the movie, the attendants heard from a panel of three individuals involved in the fight against human trafficking: Ms. Sarah Durfey, Gerontissa Photeini, and Mr. Nick Anton. Sarah is the Director of the Emmanuel Gospel Center’s Abolitionist Network and of the Massachusetts Coalition to End Human Trafficking. Gerontissa Photeini is the Abbess of All Saints Monastery in Calverton, Long Island, whose social enterprise is a ministry to victims of human trafficking. Nick Anton is a representative of the Greek Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America to the United Nations on a committee that works against this social disease.
Each speaker outlined their work in fighting trafficking, reflected on the facets of the issue, and proposed solutions. Audience members sat on the edge of their chairs in the hopes of gleaning a piece of advice that they could take with them to deal with the darkness of human trafficking.
One remark that stood out was one made by Sarah Durfey, who stated: “God brings the victory. He invites us to join him, to be the answer to our own prayers.”
Prayer is a glorious, powerful act that we certainly don’t practice enough, but this spiritual exercise is multi-dimensional. It is not confined to private prayers or corporate liturgical worship; prayer is us playing an active part in the salvation of the world.
We must work to be a part of Christ’s ministry in the world. We must be His hands and feet among men, which means getting dirty and coming into contact with the darkness we wish to abolish. After all, that is how Christ destroyed Hades, by touching it with His Divinity. We should meet the victims and hear their story. We provide support, and compassion, and hope to those who suffer.
This is how we can offer a truly pleasing prayer to God.
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