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In the Presence of Greatness ….

By Colleen Lilly On June 18, 2008 1 Comment

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“Practice Forgiveness”

I was in the presence of greatness. The more she talked the more I knew I was in the presence of greatness. It was her walk, her talk, her demeanor that screamed greatness.

When I think of forgiveness, I think of Immaculee Ilibagiza. Immaculee is the survivor of the Rwandan holocaust and author of the book Live to Tell. For 91 days she hid in a small bathroom with 7 other woman under the fear of death. Any soft noise could lead to her demise.

Once rescued, Immaculee learned the fate of her entire family. Her mother, father, brother, sister, school pals, friends had been executed. Everyone she had ever known was now dead. By the cruelest of lifes lessons, she learned her family was killed by her neighbor.

Immaculee reached out and forgave her neighbor, the one who killed her family.

The rosary, Immaculee says “is her lifeblood, it became my breakfast, lunch and dinner. I prayed the rosary until I fell asleep.” She prayed the rosary over and over in that small bathroom because “one of them must be a good one.” One of the decades would get her prayers answered.

Immaculee recommends “surrender to God, as life is too much for one person without God.”

This amazing woman is a living example of forgiveness and devotion. Immaculee is a true inspiration with her acts of forgiveness and love. She exudes greatness.

She left us with these words.
“Give yourself the gift of peace, practice forgiveness.”


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