Persecution and Inspiration

You may have heard about the persecution of Christians in Orissa, India, that has been going on since late August. As WorldNetDaily summarizes:

The violence began after Christians were blamed for the death of Hindu leader Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati on Aug. 24. They continue to be persecuted even though Maoists openly admitted to murdering Saraswati.

Hindus have offered money, food and alcohol to anyone who murders Christians and destroys their homes – especially pastors. Thousands of homes and churches have been destroyed, and Christians have been forced to flee the violence. Many have been doused with kerosene and torched after refusing to renounce their Christian faith.

According to the report, “The Hindu attackers have vowed to launch another widespread assault on Christians during Christmas.”

Please pray for India’s suffering Christians. “We, though many, are one body in Christ” (Rom. 12:5).

The Anchoress spotlights the story of Namrata Nayak, a 10-year-old Indian Christian, whose face was disfigured when Hindu extremists bombed the home she was staying in. (The Anchoress pulls together a number of news stories on Namrata and offers her own insights as well. I recommend you check it out.) What is Namrata’s response to the attack and her attackers?

“The world has seen my face destroyed by the fire, now it must come to know my smile full of love and peace…I want to dedicate my life to spreading the Gospel.”

“[W]e forgive the Hindu radicals who attacked us, who burned our homes…They were out of their minds, they do not know the love of Jesus. For this reason, I now want to study so that when I am older I can tell everyone how much Jesus loves us. This is my future.”

Her story gives me some good questions for reflection as Christmas draws near: Do I love Jesus that much? Do I cling to Him above all else? Do I persevere with serenity when I suffer? Do I forgive readily and wholeheartedly?

Hat tip to Julie at Happy Catholic.

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