The martyred Coptic Christians.
I can't stop thinking about them.
Milad Makeen Zaky
Abanub Ayad Atiya
Maged Solaiman Shehata
Yusuf Shukry Yunan
Kirollos Shokry Fawzy
Bishoy Astafanus Kamel
Somaily Astafanus Kamel
Malak Ibrahim Sinweet
Tawadros Yusuf Tawadros
Girgis Milad Sinweet
Mina Fayez Aziz
Hany Abdelmesih Salib
Bishoy Adel Khalaf
Samuel Alham Wilson
Ezat Bishri Naseef
Gaber Munir Adly
Esam Badir Samir
Malak Farag Abram
Sameh Salah Faruq
The worker from Awr village whose name we don't know.
May they rest in peace.
Those men, kneeling in a line. Those men, calling out Christ's name as their final act. Those men, killed for their faith. Right there, on the other side of the world, just two days ago.
Surely I am not the only mother worried for my children. What is this world? What is this suffering? What is this evil?
I suppose it has always existed. But my heart is heavy for my children and grandchildren and the wives, children, parents, and loved ones of those men who died. May they be comforted and protected.
I was going to publish another "How to be Catholic" post today but it seemed too trite in light of their martyrdom. Today it doesn't matter when you bow and when you kneel at Mass, when they have knelt for their death.
May the Lord have mercy on us all.
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