You are looking at the faces of four Missionaries of Charity (Order started by Bl. Mother Theresa) who were killed along with twelve other workers, at a hospital for the elderly and disabled on March 4th in Yemen by ISIS fighters. We know the full story of their martyrdom because God left a witness in a surviving fifth sister, Sr. Sally, MC. Her words are as brutal as the other stories that have come out of the genocide being waged by ISIS and other extremist groups in Africa & the middle east to southeast Asia.
I encourage us to have solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters around the world and shed off any indifference we may have to the plight of those being hunted down simply because they are Christian. We are separated by great lands and waters but are united in our common ancestry of faith, an ancestry from which the early church was actually born. The churches being destroyed and Christians being driven from their lands or killed, are some of the first seedbeds of the historical Church.
These attacks are certainly religiously motivated. At the hospital, all religious articles were smashed and destroyed including; the statue of Mary, crucifix, altar, tabernacle, and prayer books and bibles. Let us unite ourselves in prayer that this genocide may be stopped and the blood which has been shed would become the source of peace once again.
A statement released by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said that, through their sacrifice, the “martyrs of charity” were “transformed into signs of Christ’s victory over sin, violence and death.” As we enter Holy Week we are reminded that Christ has won us victory but only through the cross is Salvation attained. Lord have mercy.
Joe Rutten—Director of Faith Formation