Martyrs for Freedom
Who are the persecuted Christians today ?
“The Truth will make you free” John 8.31
Associating the martyrdom to the word freedom is not-easy, but in the same way feeling free while denying our desires, feelings, hopes … and our faith is impossible.
If we loving we dedicate ourselves , then loving freely we annihilate all fears and we donate our being to who we love.
Then the response to the biggest act of love given to us by the Passion and Crucifixion of Jesus’ u should be loving unconditionally our Savior.
We would really be ready for martyrdom?
Unfortunately, in many parts of the world the image of the first Christians in chains, tortured and sentenced in front of audiences in ancient Rome is still in act nowadays . Sometimes we wonder how all that brutality ‘could be accepted 2000 years ago, but the following data will explain the current situation:
In 2013, the number of Christian martyrs exceed 2120 cases.
The persecution and martyrdom of Christians is taking place in:
Nigeria with 612 victims, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia, where the campaign”” Al Shaab points to the extermination of Christians, Central African Republic: The fighters of al-Qaeda Seleka burn churches, homes and shops, Pakistan: Christians condemned by Islamic blasphemy laws, India: 4,000 cases of violence (7 murders, abuse and walked out of 1000 women, 500 children, 400 priests and religious) Attacks other 100 churches and Christian places of worship.
Syria: 1213 victims, destruction of places of worship and kidnapping of Maalula nuns and bishops of Aleppo, China: in 2012 more than 4919 persecuted. The church approved by the government is in contrast with the Vatican North Korea: 6000 Christians imprisoned in labor camps, owning a Bible is a crime that is charged with the death
Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Maldives.
Can we remain indifferent?
Let’s recognize the grace to profess our love for Jesus’, to come together to celebrate the Eucharistic Sacrifice and bring with us the symbols of our beliefs.
Although being witness to Christ is a difficult task, enjoying the freedom ‘in our faith, to go against the flow , remain steadfast to the teachings of the Master while the audiences of the world (such as the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus) screaming the opposite is our choice.
The media attacks point to the disintegration of our faith and chaining ourselves to false ideals of freedom ‘, that instead of making us free are slowing down and hindering our encounter with Jesus’.
“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak,
(2 Corinthians 4:13 )
Let’s raise our voices , and be true witness of the love for Jesus with our lives , let-s be united with our brothers that for their own freedom ‘ as St. Stephen’s uncompromising witnessing their life in Christ, and like Saul witnessed the stoning of the first martyr we take our heritage ‘ by our contemporary martyrs .
Pope Francis said that Christians are being persecuted today much more than that – in the early centuries, for this we would like to invite you to pray with us in our international marathon of prayer for the persecuted Christians.
26-27-28th February 2014
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