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lördag, augusti 09, 2008
Trons vittnen - martyrer
Blev i ett mail påmind om trappisterna som mördades i Algeriet 1996, apropå nunnans brev häromdan. Det meningslösa våldet - och reaktionen på det. Vittnesbörd för oss.

Som ni kanske minns så hittades en av munkarnas testamente kort efter hans död - och det var närmast profetiskt... Skrivet bl.a. till den person som skulle komma att döda honom.... Men på vilket kärleksfullt sätt...

Också ett viktigt dokument i en värld där islam framställs som en ond religion som uppmuntrar terrorism. En nidbild.

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"This testament was composed by Dom Christian de Cherge in Algiers, December 1, 1993 and produced in Tibhirine, January 1, 1994. It was opened on Pentecost Sunday, 1996, shortly after Dom Christian and others of his Trappist community were murdered in Algeria.

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If it should happen one day—and it could be today—that I become a victim of the terrorism which now seems ready to encompass all the foreigners in Algeria, I would like my community, my Church, my family, to remember that my life was given to God and to this country. To accept that the One Master of all life was not a stranger to this brutal departure. I would like them to pray for me: how worthy would I be found of such an offering?

I would like them to be able to associate this death with so many other equally violent ones allowed to fall into the indifference of anonymity. My life has no more value than any other. Nor any less value. In any case, it has not the innocence of childhood. I have lived long enough to know that I share in the evil which seems, alas, to prevail in the world, and even in that which would strike me blindly. I should like, when the time comes, to have a space of lucidity which would enable me to beg forgiveness of God and of my fellow human beings, and at the same time to forgive with all my heart the one who would strike me down."

Läs hela testamentet här.

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Uppdatering:

Vi firar ju en annan martyr just idag.... Teresa Benedicta av Korset - Edith Stein.

"In his homily at the canonization Mass, Pope John Paul II said: “Because she was Jewish, Edith Stein was taken with her sister Rosa and many other Catholics and Jews from the Netherlands to the concentration camp in Auschwitz, where she died with them in the gas chambers. Today we remember them all with deep respect. A few days before her deportation, the woman religious had dismissed the question about a possible rescue: ‘Do not do it! Why should I be spared? Is it not right that I should gain no advantage from my Baptism? If I cannot share the lot of my brothers and sisters, my life, in a certain sense, is destroyed.’”

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