Parishioners received an eye-opening account of the persecution of Pakistani Christians when Fr. Earnest Nadeem visited with us this week. Fr. Earnest now lives in Sri Lanka for protection. Only about 2-1/2 % of Pakistanis are Christians and by law they have “freedom of religion”, which doesn’t seem to mean much because of the blasphemy laws. These laws can be used by anyone with a grievance toward someone, oftentimes a felt slight or just plain dislike of that person. Then when it is carried to extremes churches are destroyed, people are beaten or worse and the authorities look the other way. It seems that most anything can be seen as an insult to Islam!
Fr. Nadeem told us of his hope for teaching the young people that there is a better way and asked us to pray that his people may receive the love of God and be the salt and light to others. This week may we all dedicate our prayers to this end.