The happiest day

Niyole Sadunaite, Soviet Union, Lithuania, 1970s.

When Niyole Sadunaite was convicted in Soviet Lithuania, she told the court:

“This is the happiest day of my life. To be condemned for the truth and for loving people. What could be a better accusation? I have a strong faith and a glorious fate. This trial is my triumph. I only regret that I could do so little for people.

Today I stand next to the eternal truth of Jesus Christ and remember the fourth commandment of bliss: “Blessed are those who are hungry and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.” There is no greater joy than suffering for the truth and for brethren. How could I hide my joy when God promised that the light would overcome darkness and the truth would overcome lies!

We must condemn evil, but we must love people, even those who are wrong. This can only be learned at the school of Jesus Christ, who is the truth and the only way to life. Merciful Lord, let Your kingdom enter our hearts.”

She was sentenced to three years in prison.

After her release, she met with the Pope and the Pope asked her how she felt in prison.

Niyole Sadunaite replied: “Romantic.”

Excerpt from the book Voice of the Martyrs “Jesus, freaks.”


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