Thursday, May 08, 2008

We will be true to Thee 'til death

I know we English and Scots Catholics like to remember our martyrs (but in truth are probably mightily relieved that we do not have to have a priest hole for Father to dodge into if the rozzers arrive unannounced). We sing "We will be true to Thee 'til death!" honestly but in the likelihood that that death will be from a cardiac arrest or cancer or senile dementia rather than a noose around the neck.

There are those among us who are not so comfortable. Take Nissar Hussein and his family who have converted to Christianity. Surprise, surprise his erstwhile coreligionists are not impressed and have threatened to burn his house down.

A Bradford man attacked and threatened after his family converted from Islam to Christianity was told by police to "stop being a crusader", a report revealed today.

Nissar Hussein, 43, claims an officer made the comment after he reported a threat to burn down his house if he did not repent and return to Islam.

Ah, yes. Islam. It means peace, you know.

[No it doesn't, kuffar, it means submission and don't you forget it]

The rest of the story is HERE

Even bigger respect is due to the journalist Magdi Allam (now baptised Christiano) who in a very public conversion was baptised by the Holy Father himself at this year's Easter vigil. He expounded his own apologia HERE

I pray to God that on this special Easter he give the gift of the resurrection of the spirit to all the faithful in Christ who have until now been subjugated by fear. Happy Easter to everyone.

Dear friends, let us go forward on the way of truth, of life and of freedom with my best wishes for every success and good thing.

Amen to that, brother.

Here is a man who will probably spend every morning checking under his car, every night checking the windows are locked and every day looking over his shoulder for a maniac with a knife or a gun because he made a free choice for Christ.

God bless them both. Pray for them. Pray for more.

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Anonymous Pelicanus said...

"When Christ the Lord to Andrew cried" is a more apt hymn north of the border.

I last sang it at Card. O'Brien's thankgiving mass after he received the red hat. I say we should sign it more often.

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Pelicanus said...

I say "sing", infact.

1:32 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Faith of Our Fathers can be sung anywhere the country has less than 4 syllables, just about. I heard it sung by a fantastic choir and xylophone orchestra at Mass in Shisong, Cameroon.

"...Cameroon shall then indeed be free!"

To say they had a xylophone orchestra their hymns were all very traditional (Soul of My Saviour was popular). No Eagle's Wings or the like there, thank the Lord.

3:11 PM  

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