Do we really always believe that the Lord hears the cry of the poor? Or confronts evildoers? Often it seems that evil goes unchecked. Even though it may be difficult to recognize at times, the Lord does hear our cries. He well knows of the injustices. When we are striving to live as whole-hearted disciples of Jesus, we may even be called to suffer or die for our faith. Generations of Christians have borne witness to this truth. A number of our Capuchin friars were imprisoned and tortured during World War II. We may find ourselves ridiculed or criticized for our religious beliefs and practices. But we continue to draw spiritual strength from holding fast to them, trusting in the power of Christ’s love. We will be heard. We will be rescued. Even if, like Jesus and so many faithful witnesses, we are rescued through death rather than from death.
- Fr. Martin Pable, O.F.M. Cap.
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