A Life found in him who is life
A few years ago, I read a beautiful book about the life and death of a group of monks in Algeria who were killed because of the steadfastness of their ministry and belief. To give some context to the quotation I'll share, I wanted to give you a little more about their lives: here's a short write-up of their story from the website Patheos.com -
"During the tumult of the [1990's] Algerian civil war, foreigners increasingly became targets of the various insurgent groups. The monks of Tibhirine, all French nationals. recognized their vulnerability not only as Europeans but also as Catholics. Military and government officials began to pressure the monks to leave the country, for their own safety. But the monks felt matters were not so simple. They provided free medical care to the villagers of Tibhirine, and participated in the local economy; for them to leave, abandoning the village which was itself vulnerable to the violence of the war, struck the monks as a poor witness to their vocation not only as monks but as Christians. Choosing the demand of faith over the impulse to self-protect, the brothers unanimously chose to remain in Algeria, even though this led, ultimately, to six of the eight monks (along with a seventh brother visiting from a Moroccan monastery) being kidnapped and then killed."
From John W. Kiser's The Monks of Tibhrine - “They, and others like them, were living manifestations of the good news of the Gospels: a life freely given in the spirit of love is never a life lost, but one found again in Him who is Life…”
Oh, how I love that thought! To lose our lives into the One who is life is no loss at all; for in Him, even in death, Life is always found.
The Monks of Tibhirine, not long before their kidnapping and death
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