"A flower, if you bruise it under your feet, rewards you by giving you its perfume"Richard Wurmbrand
Pastor Wurmbrand was a Romanian evangelical minister who spent 14 years in communist prisons including three years in solitary confinement. His book, Tortured for Christ, had a profound effect on my life, as it widened the scope of my understanding of God and theosis. Even after 32 years of christianity, I saw myself as an infant, not comprehending the love as evidenced in the lives of those who have suffered for Christ.
As far as I know, he is not officially canonized in any church, I call him a saint because of his extraordinary testimony to the power of love through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As 2009 marks a centennial celebration of his life, I wanted to share a recently discovered video of Pastor Wurmbrand. In this clip, he is telling his own story of being in solitary confinement in a communist prison and the truths he experienced that are for all christians.
As we go through the prayers and services of Holy Week in our free countries, let us remember those who have suffered for Christ in hostile nations. May his memory be eternal!