We can only imagine the terror and the Blessed Mother embracing him!
James Wright Foley, Catholic, writes of praying the rosary in prison
August 20, 2014 by
What happened to this man yesterday is beyond imagining.
But few accounts of his brave life and horrible death have mentioned one significant fact: his faith.
My blog neighbor Frank Weathers has the scoop, with an excerpt from a piece Foley wrote for the Marquette alumni magazine three years ago:
Myself and two colleagues had been captured and were being held in a military detention center in Tripoli. Each day brought increasing worry that our moms would begin to panic. My colleague, Clare, was supposed to call her mom on her birthday, which was the day after we were captured. I had still not fully admitted to myself that my mom knew what had happened. But I kept telling Clare my mom had a strong faith.I prayed she’d know I was OK. I prayed I could communicate through some cosmic reach of the universe to her.I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.Clare and I prayed together out loud. It felt energizing to speak our weaknesses and hopes together, as if in a conversation with God, rather than silently and alone.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him..