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  • Marynovych was sent to the labor camp in 1977, one year before Karol Wojtyła was elected Bishop of Rome. He was arrested for leading the Ukrainian Helsinki Group, the first non-underground group in Ukraine tasked with documenting human rights abuses and monitoring the implementation of the Helsinki Accords.
    He spent 1977-1984 in forced labor camps in Perm, and then three years of exile in Kazakhstan.
    Marynovych learned early on in his gulag experience that he needed to guard against an unchristian contempt for the KGB officers and guards.
    After an outburst while interacting with a guard when he was in solitary confinement, Marynovych reflected on his actions in his cell.
    “This incarnation of anger – is it me? What about my Christianity? I didn't want to transform myself into a 'man of hatred.’”
    “I started to pray. I started to walk in the cell back and forth, and...I decided, 'No, I don’t want hatred to overcome my heart.’”
    After that realization, “I behaved in a way that is acceptable as a Christian. I don't need to hate people to say something that they have to hear,” said Marynovych.

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/learning-to-love-your-enemy-in-a-soviet-labor-camp-20567

    If this man can learn to forgive his prison guards and live as a Christian in a Soviet gulag, what can we do to live as a Christian right where we are?

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    Re: Forgiveness
    « Reply #1 on: December 22, 2018, 11:01:38 PM »
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  • Yeah, what can we do?



    How about exposing Talmudic judaism like one Gulag survivor did, because the truth will ultimately rule.
    "Some preachers will keep silence about the truth, and others will trample it underfoot and deny it. Sanctity of life will be held in derision even by those who outwardly profess it, for in those days Our Lord Jesus Christ will send them not a true Pastor but a destroyer."  St. Francis of Assisi


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    Re: Forgiveness
    « Reply #2 on: January 07, 2019, 08:49:25 AM »
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  • Ten years ago, Hindu nationalists persecuted and destroyed their home during the pogroms in the district of Kandhamal, in Orissa. Today both have decided to serve the Church in consecrated life.
    They are Fr. Anand Pradhan and Sr. Anjali Pradhan, brother and sister, who survived the violence against Christians unleashed by Hindu radicals in 2008. At that time they had to escape from their village of origin to save themselves. And it is precisely here, where Hindu families have always prevented them from rebuilding their house, that they have returned for a ceremony of reconciliation and thanksgiving. This time though, the whole village has been celebrating.
    The ceremony was held in Mundakanga on December 29th: two days earlier, Fr. Anand was ordained a priest of the Order of Friars Minor by Msgr. Sarat Chandra Nayak [bishop of Berhampur, ed.], While Sr. Anjali pronounced her final profession in the society of Saint Anne of Lucerna (Sal). More than 1,500 people, 15 priests and five nuns were present at the festivities. Among the participants, also the seven Christian families and the 80 Hindus of the area. The Hindus paid homage to the newly ordained by donating fruit and other gifts, according to the custom of their religion.
    Mindful of the violence suffered, during the ceremony the newly ordained friar spoke of reconciliation. "We are Indians - he said - citizens of one country, of one state, of one family. God created us in his image and likeness to live in unity, peace and prosperity. Reconciliation is the great virtue of the Catholic faith ".
    In the homily Fr. Prabodh Pradhan, the celebrant, stressed that "destruction, persecution and hostility are the evil desires of Satan, not of man. The central reason for the Catholic faith is 'love your God and your neighbor as yourself'. No religion promotes murder, violence and persecution ".
    Fr Anand entered the Arundaya Capuchin Ashram Minor Seminary in Barakhoma in 2006, after finishing high school. He trained in the Idukki district of Kerala and then continued his philosophy and theology studies in Andhra Pradesh. He took final vows in 2017. His sister Sr. Anjali entered the congregation in 2010; she completed her novitiate in Vishakapatnam and made her first profession of faith on 21 November 2016.
    The two have another sister, Sr. Jitima Pradhan, who is part of the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The example of these three siblings, says the religious, "shows that no destruction, persecution or threat can change the will of God".

    http://asianews.it/news-en/Sibling-survivors-of-Orissa-progrom-choose-consecrated-life-45892.html

     

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