Thomas Merton, “A saint is not someone who is good but who experiences the goodness of God.”

Brennan Manning, “My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.”

Julian of Norwich, “The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love.”

Recently Christianity Today reported on the state of persecution against Christians around the world during 2014. It is important reading for Christians around the world. Sadly, they declared…

New research reveals one more reason to remember 2014: for the greatest number of religious freedom violations against Christians worldwide in recent memory—even in Christian-majority countries.

CT suggests that there are two major factors in this persecution, Islamic extremism and dictatorial paranoia.

But it wasn’t increased violence that primarily drove persecution to record levels in 2014, but rather increased “cultural marginalization,” according to Open Doors. In other words, the “more subtle ‘squeeze’ dimensions of persecution” which make “daily life … harder and harder” for Christians. A substantial study by the Pew Research Center found that nearly 75 percent of the world’s population now lives in countries with high levels of social hostility involving religion.

 

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