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~ ITEM: UPDATE— There is no confirmation that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified on Good Friday PRAY FOR HIM
AS THE CHRISTIAN West observed Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Pascha, or Easter, the forces of darkness showed themselves, and what they stand for. Evil hates the light; hates joy and goodness and mercy; hates authentic celebration of wonderful things. Hates the followers of Jesus, just as evil hates Him.
Persecution– An Islamic terror-group carried out the Good Friday crucifixion of an Indian priest in Yemen, after he was kidnapped from old people’s home,
tortured, and then crucified, according to reports. One nun who miraculously survived the attack on the senior’s home, gave eyewitness testimony of the attack, and the kidnapping of Indian Catholic priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil. Let us pray that he gave a good account of himself, and that he may receive a martyr’s crown in heaven, for his service on earth, and his Christ-witnessing death. May his murderers repent and come to believe in the Gospel. Lord have mercy.
PRAY FOR HIM
Martyred for the faith— Father Tom Uzhunnalil.
Planned Persecution– Churchgoing Christians in England dodged a bullet Sunday past– Brussels Jihad Murderers Plotted Easter Church Massacres In The UK. Many native English may not take their religion seriously these days, but certain Muslims do, and that’s why we are where we are, and where we’re headed: More. Uglier. Worse.
Of course, militant Muslims even cheerfully kill their own– as Mark Steyn notes in his “Happy Easter from the Religion of Peace“. Asad Shah’s horrid and death-worthy crime? Wishing Christians a Happy Easter.
Heartbreaking Word From Pakistan
[ WARNING: some disturbing pictures amongst the links below. I chose the least graphic. ]
Persecution– The long-suffering Christians of Lahore, Pakistan, have suffered yet another suicide-bombing directed against Christians— this time, an evening Easter Party of parents and children in a local park. The pictures show everybody dressed in their Easter finery, stricken whilst making joyful holiday, on the high Christian feast of Resurrection & new life.
Past Persecution– On March 15 of 2015, two Taliban suicide bombers likewise blew themselves up in Pakistan at the entrance to two Christian churches in Lahore, causing 17 deaths and wounding 80 more. In September 2013, two explosions at the All Saint’s Church in Peshawar killed 127 people and injured more than 250, and an attack on a Peshawar school in December 2014 killed 150 people, mostly students.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven….” (Matthew 5:43-5)
But he also taught:
“… [W]hoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea..” (Matthew 18:6)
It’s Deadly Serious
This is the new form of war: the front is everywhere, and nowhere; the enemy is highly committed and serious, and hidden; and there are no non-combatants. Candles and chalk drawings and flowers and weepy gatherings will not make it stop. Stop cringing: it only encourages them.
Even worse? Christians are Slaughtered While U.S. Churches Look the Other Way. Jesus says it is he who is persecuted in the suffering and death of his own; and He warns that just as we’ve done unto the least of his flock, we’ve done it– or not done it– unto him.
So, What Now?
Will we stand tall, no matter what? Will we defend and fight for ourselves and our civilization, or not? Do we follow Jesus, and so take up our Cross, and partake in his eternal victory– so giving inward spiritual life to our societies, or not?
As for me, I do not seek martyrdom, but I ask God’s grace that I will not fail him, if it were to come to that. I sacrifice and offer up my time and thought and prayer and love online and in life, where I hope to rebuild the foundations and give strength and courage and insight to my readers.
“Rise heart, thy Lord is risen!” It is hard to mourn whilst celebrating, but God grant us larger hearts so we can do both well at once.
Cheer up. Nut up/ ovary up. Donate, pray, pass the word, and get active.
Things are going to get much, much worse before He returns, be that now, or in ages to come. In any case, we’ll see Him one way or another, for death comes in the blink of an eye for mortal man. ~