Earlier this month, Immaculee Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor, gave her personal testimony on how to “Love Your Enemy.” She spoke to a packed crowd of more than 6,000 Catholic middle and high school students from the LA Archdiocese at the annual Christian Service 4LIFE event sponsored by LIFEsocal at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
How can a woman like Immaculee — whose parents and two brothers, along with almost one million others were brutally killed during the Rwandan Holocaust — be so joyful? How can she forgive the people who killed so many?
Cramped in a 3×4 bathroom with seven other women, Immaculee couldn’t speak to anyone for three months, for fear of being discovered. She spent her time praying the Rosary 27 times a day and the Divine Mercy chaplet. She also read the Bible given to her by a pastor who risked his own safety to hide the women.
Immaculee told the crowd that when she heard the killers outside the door, “I had to choose between two voices. ‘Open the door, or keep praying?’ ” She looked for a sign, asking God if the killers knew where she was hiding.
“The killers searched everywhere. They even opened suitcases. The men turned away when they got to the bathroom,” Immaculee said.
How can a woman who came from a small, poor country, who grew up in an even smaller, poorer village get on the New York Times bestseller list? Immaculee told the high school students that her survival and success is all due to praying the Rosary.
“Love is the most important thing; just seek God. If you believe you are a child of God, the sky’s the limit,” she told the high school crowd.
Full story at Angelus News.