Is it possible to love and pray for those who offend us — even our enemies? Is it possible to suffer and find blessings even in persecution? I know of four people on the way to sainthood in the United States who exude such hope.
My friend’s ministry to the undocumented in prison had led her to befriend this man, who had been beaten and threatened by members of El Shabaab, a jihadist terrorist group based in Somalia. My friend offered her home to the man while he awaits another hearing on his asylum plea.
Planned Parenthood employees had seen many pro-life advocates outside their abortion clinic on Lake Otis Parkway in Anchorage. But in late August of 2015, two new figures appeared — a man and woman in unmistakably white medical coats, quietly praying the rosary with a larger group.