Prince Charles recently reflected on the “truly remarkable faith” of Christians in the Middle East and said their plight demonstrates the “extraordinary power of faith to resist even the most brutal efforts to extinguish it.”
During a special service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday, the Prince of Wales said that in recent years, he’s met a number of Christians who are battling oppression and persecution with “such inspiring faith and courage.”
“Time and again I have been deeply humbled and profoundly moved by the extraordinary grace and capacity for forgiveness that I have seen in those who have suffered so much,” he said.
Charles said that while it’s one thing to believe in God who forgives; it is “quite another” to take that example to heart and actually whole-heartedly forgive “those who trespass against you.”
“So, in coming together today, we can only give thanks for the truly remarkable strength of the faith with which so many Christians face persecution, and which gives them the courage and the determination to endure, and to overcome,” he said.
The prince shared that earlier this year, he met with a Dominican Sister from Nineveh who, in 2014, as ISIS extremists advanced on the town of Qaraqosh, got behind the wheel of a minibus crammed full of her fellow Christians, and drove the long and dangerous road to safety.
“Like the 100,000 other Christians who were forced from the Nineveh Plains by Daesh that year, they left behind the ruins of their homes and churches, and the shattered remnants of their communities,” he said.
While devastated by her return to Ninevah three years later, the nun and her sisters put their faith in God, Charles said.
“Churches, schools, orphanages, and businesses are rising from the rubble, and the fabric of that society, which had been so cruelly torn apart, is being gradually repaired,” he said, adding that nearly half of those displaced have gone back to rebuild their homes and their communities.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett