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Friday, September 18, 2009

A lesson in forgiveness

A priest who was stabbed nearly 20 times last May is teaching his parishioners about the power of forgiveness. Father Shaji Varghese, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Sinton, Texas, had just celebrated Mass when a man approached him, asking the priest to hear his confession. That's when the attack occurred.

"I don't take this incident as something very bad because this incident taught me so many things," Varghese told Scripps Howard News Service. "It made my vocation more stronger, my loyalty toward God more stronger. I was made more sure that my God is such a caring one. We are not perfect. It made me know that God answers to the prayers and God supports."

One positive outcome of the stabbing is that the parishioners have become closer to their pastor. Father Varghese, a native of India, had only been a pastor for a little more than a year before the stabbing, and his mainly Hispanic congregation at times had trouble understanding him.

"The faith is the same no matter what language you speak or what country you are from," one parishioner said. "It's about adoring and praising God."

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