From The Christian Post, another horrific story of the slaughtering of Christians in the Middle East:
“Christians have become a form [of] currency in this tragedy,” John Newton told The Christian Post. Newton is spokesman for Catholic relief agency Aid to the Church in Need. “I know of one priest who was kidnapped for two months … they asked for a ransom of $120,000, which the family managed to raise and deliver. … But hours later, the priest was killed and his body cut up, with pieces of him sent in a box to the family.”
A letter written to Marquette Magazine by James Foley, the journalist captured and apparently murdered by ISIS, about his time as a captive in Libya:
I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed.
I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.
Clare and I prayed together out loud. It felt energizing to speak our weaknesses and hopes together, as if in a conversation with God, rather than silently and alone.
Tomorrow, July 28, marks the 33rd anniversary of the martyrdom of Servant of God, Father Stanley Rother. If you are unfamiliar with the life and tragic murder of this Oklahoma priest, this short film by Diego Colombi is a great primer. Fr. Rother’s cause for canonization is in progress.
For more information on Fr. Rother, you can visit the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City’s site regarding his cause for canonization or visit the Fr. Stanley Rother Guild’s web site.
Please pray for the Cause of Canonization of Servant of God Father Stanley Rother.
O God, fount of all holiness,
make us each walk worthily in our vocation,
through the intercession of your Saints,
on whom you bestowed a great variety of graces on earth.
Having graced Your Church
with the life and ministry of
your missionary priest
grant that by his intercession
this humble flock may reach
where the brave Shepherd has gone.
Grant that Your Church may proclaim
him as Martyr and Saint
serving in Your presence
and interceding for us.
Through Christ our Lord.