The situation is certainly varies between urban and rural areas. Christians in the city-- even in a general context of discrimination-- live together in neighborhoods called “colonies.” They have access to education, social services, to work. 30% of the Christian population can also make their way in society, even though here we are exposed to terrorist attacks against churches and Christian areas.
In remote villages, rural areas, the situation is very different. Small Christian groups, often poor, marginalized, and illiterate, suffer the oppression of the Muslim majority and are under the rule of others who make their profit by bullying, to rape, slavery, murder … Christians are often subject to false accusations of blasphemy, to threats of conversion, violence against women, property and possessions.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
The Catholic Church with that wisdom which is the fruit of age and experience, as well as of the guidance of the Holy Spirit, has an intimate knowledge of human nature. She knows that an abstract religion is not only inadequate to our wants, but is intrinsicly impossible. It must be embodied in some forms, and must have some outward expression, for we are men and not angels.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
THE Catholic Church teaches nothing but what has been revealed by God, or is plainly deducible from revelation. All truth comes from God, as all light proceeds from the sun. He is the author of natural, as well as of revealed truth. One truth can never contradict another. No truth of revelation can ever be opposed to any truth of science. Natural and revealed truth always are and always must be in harmony and shed light upon one another, just as one star throws light upon another and expands our view of the firmament above us.
Monday, 22 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
THE sincere adorers and lovers of our Lord Jesus Christ look with reverence on every object with which He was associated, and they conceive an affection for every person that was near and dear to Him on earth. The closer the intimacy of those persons with our Saviour, the holier do they appear in our estimation, just as those planets which revolve around the sun partake most of its light and heat.
Friday, 19 March 2010
NEVER did any man speak as Jesus spoke. As far as we have any record of His utterances, the most admired discourse He ever delivered was the Sermon on the Mount. But even the Sermon on the Mount yields in force and pales before the Sermon on the Cross. There we find eloquence in action; and if our Lord had restricted His mission on earth to the preaching of the Word, like the Scribes and Pharisees, without illustrating it by the splendour of His example, He would never have caused that mighty revolution which has changed the face of the world; nor would He be adored today by millions of disciples from the rising to the setting of the sun.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010
THE Christian dispensation excels the Jewish law, not only by the breadth and clearness of its revelation, but also by the sublime standard of its moral teaching. The law of Moses governed the exterior conduct of man; the law of Christ controls the interior movements of his heart.
Saturday, 13 March 2010
LOOK today upon the face of your Christ and let the conduct of our Lord inspire you to be a faithful Christian. Be ever faithful to conscience, to principle and to duty. Above all, be ever loyal to your religious convictions, through honour and dishonour, through good report and evil report. This is the Christian manhood which distinguishes the hero from the coward, the martyr from the apostate.
Friday, 12 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
THE Redeemer of mankind has never conferred a greater temporal blessing on the human race than by ennobling and sanctifying labour, and by rescuing it from the stigma of degradation that had been branded upon it. The primeval curse attached to labour has been obliterated by the toilsome life of Jesus Christ. He has shed a halo around the workshop and has lightened the mechanic's tools by assuming the trade of an artisan.
Monday, 8 March 2010
CONSCIENCE enlightens me on the existence of a God who is all-seeing and to whom I am responsible for my deliberate acts. There is no moral action of mine on which He does not pronounce a decision. There is no crime I commit against which He does not give an immediate sentence. His court is never adjourned. He never nods on the bench.