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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 21, 2020

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TUESDAY, July 21                           Maria Skobtsova

Romans 14:7-8 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.

Maria Skobtsova lived a full life in her fifty-three years. Part of the cultural elite in Saint Petersburg, Russia, she was a poet, theology student, mayor, social activist, immigrant, resister of Nazis, and finally, a nun who would only submit to a religious rule if she could live her life with an open door to the world.

Mother Maria ministered to the poor and eventually to Jews seeking safety in Nazi-occupied France. She and a priest—one of her partners in ministry—were arrested for forging baptismal certificates for Jewish victims of the Nazis. She was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where she died in a gas chamber. Mother Maria, saint of the open door, insisted on being completely involved with the issues of her day. Her faith in Jesus arose from her fervent desire to be part of healing the world.

MOVING FORWARD: How will you follow Maria’s example of becoming involved in issues in your community and the world?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Marsabit (Kenya) and Ukhahlamba (South Africa)

Ps 45 * 47, 48 | Joshua 8:1-22 | Romans 14:1-12 | Matthew 26:47-56

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