Although Australia was brought to a standstill after the heart-wrenching deaths of four devout Maronite Catholic children in Sydney – it was the mighty faith of the children’s families after the horrific accident that shook the world.
The families’ heroic holy witness of Christ’s love has affected Christians worldwide and brought thousands to their knees in prayer.
On the evening of February 1, the Abdallah siblings–Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 8, along with their cousin, Veronique Sakr, 11, were killed in Western Sydney after an alleged drunk driver plowed his car over them as they walked to shops to buy ice-cream.
The driver also injured three additional children, including Charbel Kassas (11), who continues to fight for his life.
The heartbroken mother’s astonishing forgiveness
Less than 48 hours after the tragic accident, it was the soft-spoken yet powerful words of Leila Abdallah, the mother of three of the children killed by the driver, that resounded throughout the world:
“I think in my heart, I forgive him… I’m not going to hate him–it is not who we are, and it is not what our religion tells us.”
For many, forgiveness is one of the hardest imperatives of the Catholic faith. In a world where so many are slaves to hatred, bitterness, and anger, it is Leila Abdallah’s touching example of love, mercy and compassion that serves as a modern-day reminder of what walking the path of holiness truly means.
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