As a result of their persecution, all the converts live in Iran in the underground. They break the law of Islam that forbids conversion to Christianity, which is punishable by death. They experience repression not only by the authorities, but also by their own families, neighbors and friends.
Many converts experience violence in their own families. Frightening for me was the story of a young girl, about which I readed recently. When her family heard of her conversion, she suspected possessed by Satan. She was beaten up by her father, and as she did not renounce her faith in Christ, he poured her with petrol from the canister and tried to set fire to her. It saved her that the damp, petrol-matched matches did not fire. Then, his father closed her in the basement giving three days to decide to return to Islam, and otherwise threatened her death. She was released one night by the sisters.
The girl ran away, leaving everything she had. She managed to leave Iran. For several years he has been in Europe, constantly praying for the grace of forgiveness for her father.
The Catechism repeatedly reminds us that the greatest commandment is the commandment of the love of God and neighbor. Christ unequivocally confirms its validity and at the same time speaks of the new commandment of love. It is truly new and final because it shows the radical new and definitive criterion of Christian love: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
At this point, it must be stressed with great force that the new commandment of love means that the Christian is a new way of being a human being, and consequently a new way of acting and referring to one’s neighbor! To love one’s neighbor with Christ’s love is, first of all, to be and to act.
In other words, the new commandment of love means that the believer through Christ, with Christ and in Christ becomes a new creature: a converted and holy one. Only by the power of this transformation, by the power of this new way of being, man begins to act in a new way, imitating the love of Christ.
Already in the seventies she was known in the world as a advocate for poor and defenseless. About her life numerous books and movies were created. In 1979, she received the Nobel Peace Prize – when the eyes of the whole world were directed at her and pronounced strong words about abortion. One year later, she received the highest Indian state award – the order of Bharat Ratna – for humanitarian work. She was beatified on October 19, 2003 by John Paul II. Mother Teresa gave herself to God and to the sick. She loved every person, she cared for people, she not letting get hurt them. Through her exploits she showed love to her neighbor and to her work.
This small, dressed in white robes, known throughout the world as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, was a great moral authority at the end of the twentieth century and symbolized the power of love.
She has traveled extensively, most often in places of great poverty and affected by war or cataclysms. A spectacular demonstration of her determination in action was in 1982, moving through the fire zone in Beirut accompanied by Red Cross workers, saving 37 children from the front hospital. Taken over the world by the kings and presidents, she has received many awards for her merits, including: Templeton (1973) and the Nobel Peace Prize (1979).
Iran ranks 9th on the list of countries posing the greatest threat to the followers of Christ. The legal system in this country alone is unfavourable for Christians, and for the people who have left Islam is cruel. The law provides for male Muslims to convert to Christianity the death penalty, in the case of women for life imprisonment. Erection of churches is completely prohibited. Only last year in Iran more than 100 Christians were arrested, imprisoned or even tortured.
The fact is that religious freedom in Iran is continually violated and violated. Such actions have intensified especially under the current president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.
Christ comes to us in a way we would never have expect. He who talked about himself being quiet and humble with heart comes to us and expects songs, joy, dance. He expects us to proclaim His Glory that we will worship Him. Why? Maybe because worshipping God is already part of His Glory. If we really worship and praise God then we become like angels who praise the great works of God. We are as if incorporated into the reality of Heaven where God receives what is due to Him. Man included in the divine reality is a man who accepts God – Love as infinite mercy. To praise God is therefore to proclaim His infinite mercy. How to do it? The answer is very simple: often go to confession, do not forget the Sunday and Christmas Eucharist, live in harmony with the teaching of the Church. Morality is at this point the result of the acceptance of God and His Mercy.
Hear the voice. The voice of God. Set the ear and pick out a not only makes sense, but to understand. God says, speaks to us in a million ways, many times during the day. But if you dont have the courage and you dont want to hear this voice. And I do not mean extreme events in life, when we reject not only the voice of God, but of Himself. Laziness and fear and a lack of courage to change your life, that’s why we do not want to hear the voice of God.
And this voice is in the sound of the wind, bird songs, a bustling city, in the speech of others, or in the books. Voice strong, but not pushy. God to do anything us not force, because it depends on us, if we follow Him. But without God, nothing is not waiting, what is the valuable, only drama, that leads to indifference and all what we observe in the world today: addiction, divorce, depression, crime, suicide, lack of morality in politics or business…? Listen to and hear. Thus says the Lord.
We believe that love is only a feeling, meanwhile, love is also responsible for each other is it also fidelity. If someone really loves it and believes him who loves. If loves, it has hope for it, what puts longing and desire.
1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Our love is directed toward Jesus, but also towards other people. Love must be persistent.
Believe it means to be sure of what is expected to be convinced of the existence of that which is invisible. Faith consists in the fact that we trust the word of God more than fantasies. Faith involves trust, but also obedience.
Faith works through love. It is a grace, a gift of God, happiness for the man who has received this gift. Man of faith everywhere he saw traces of God, his faith pierces the thickest walls. Anyone who believes, recognizes in their difficult experiences God’s will. To believe is to say: building on God, trust Him, from His perspective, to see their lives. Faith also means giving oneself to God. Faith is crossing our earthly, human reality.
How many of us it is, so many one could create a definitions of faith.
For me, faith is confidence in heart that God is and He loves me.
When many years ago, I heard just such a word, although understand it, I accepted it in my heart, was not to such a easy. I said then: God, if you are, then prove it to me in some way. I want to be sure. God healed me during one of the prayers and it was His answer to my doubts.
The Bible definition of faith in Hebrews.
By Faith We Understand
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.