The Catholic mother of murdered journalist James Foley has said that she forgives Mohammed Emwazi (known as ‘Jihadi John’) who is believed to have killed her son. Diane Foley told the Times: “It saddens me, his [Jihadi John’s] continued hatred. He felt wronged, now we hate him – now that just prolongs the hatred. We need to end it. As a mum I forgive him. The whole thing is an ongoing tragedy.”
If ever there was faith in action in our modern world, this is it. The courage and strength of faith of this woman to forgive the man who murdered her innocent child is something the majority of us could only imagine. As human beings we aren’t inclined to forgive in the face of such evil, and you can understand why. Yet Christ calls us to a higher place. He calls us to be great, to be the best, and to show mercy to all people. This poor woman, who still mourns the passing of her child, is an example to all of how to be merciful in the face of real adversity and how to respond to Christ’s call to holiness. She is true Christianity in action.
Let us pray that the souls of all those who have died will rest in eternal peace. And let us also try to forgive those who have committed these terrible crimes and pray that their hearts will be changed so that they will value all life, for each life is a gift from God.