Sister Rani Maria, martyr of the faith: the conversion of her assassin



Fifteen years after the martyrdom of the religious, murdered for her commitment to the poor and for her Christian faith, the priest who oversaw the diocesan investigation tells AsiaNews life about her life and her work. The conversion of her murderer, a Hindu farmer, due to her intercession. Udaya Nagar (AsiaNews) - Sister Rani Maria, who, fifteen years ago became a martyr for the faith that led her to always help the poorest of the poor, "encourages us to move forward. Her example of life and death are a stimulus for us who are still her today, we have a powerful intercessor before the Lord".

This is what Fr Cherian, spokesman for the Diocese of Indore and director of the local society for social services who accompanied the religious in her humanitarian work and who oversaw the collection of documents for her beatification, tells AsiaNews. The diocesan inquiry on the life and works of the religious was completed two years ago. The results are now been studied by the Vatican. The priest today presents his testimony on the life of the religious. Sister Rani Maria While working for the people and for the Lord-she sacrificed her life.  Like Jesus, she died on the Cross -while she was faithfully and selflessly carrying her work among the people among the people. Sr Rani Maria’s  life and her death has become an inspiration and hope for us- to continue to do good, to work and serve the people even at the cost of ones life- to be another Christ and this has brought graces for us. 

The priests of Indore Diocese have a powerful intercessor and this year is a grace filled year as it is the Year for priests.  While I was deeply pained by her murder, we are sure Sr Rani Maria is alive in heaven, interceding for us to continue working to establish the Kingdom of justice, peace and truth. Throughout her life, Sister Rani Maria worked tirelessly to help the villagers - mostly poor tribal - to establish self-help groups by obtaining financial credit and other forms of economic support. She made sure that they were granted to the villages in order to improve the welfare and earning potential. She worked tirelessly to help this often oppressed sector of society.

At the same time, she always ensured that these movements were popular in nature, without external influences: she preferred to act as a catalyst of humble people. In this she strengthened the panchayats (village councils) urging them to consider and be aware of their rights and their responsibilities, providing assistance through planned and systematic development programs. In December 1994, in the run up to the village council elections, a fight broke out between Catholic tribal families( Barela sub-caste) and a right wing candidate. Police arrested some of the Catholics and Sr. Rani hired a lawyer and had them released.  This created a lot of hostility and a false impression that Sr Rani Maria was instigating people against them.

Left to themselves, the tribal would not be so emboldened as to stand up to any pressure from a powerful political force or even engage the services of a lawyer to fight their legal battle. On February 25, 1995, a farmer was who was hired to kill Sr Rani Maria, entered the bus in which Sr Rani Maria was traveling, and stabbed Sr. Rani her repeatedly. The bus stopped, and the people left out of fear.

Then, he dragged Sr. Rani outside the bus and continued stabbing her until she died. After serving a ten year prison term this man was released and now this man is undergoing a complete transformation of heart, he expresses deep sorrow and remorse for his deeds and proclaims on public platforms Christ and His forgiveness, and he owes his conversion of heart to Sr Rani Maria.

Sr Rani Maria continues to help us, and especially in moments of crises, her life and also her death are an encouragement to us to persevere. I know, left to ourselves, we are not strong, but we are given Strength and heavenly blessings by the Lord, by her constant intercession.


Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

മലയാളത്തില്‍ ടൈപ്പ് ചെയ്യാന്‍ ഇവിടെ ക്ലിക്ക് ചെയ്യുക

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

അസഭ്യവും നിയമവിരുദ്ധവും അപകീര്‍ത്തികരവുമായ പരാമര്‍ശങ്ങള്‍ പാടില്ല. വ്യക്തിപരമായ അധിക്ഷേപങ്ങളും ഉണ്ടാവരുത്. അവ സൈബര്‍ നിയമപ്രകാരം കുറ്റകരമാണ്. അഭിപ്രായങ്ങള്‍ എഴുതുന്നയാളുടേത് മാത്രമാണ്. ഇ-മലയാളിയുടേതല്ല


ഐഎസില്‍ ചേരാനായി ഇന്ത്യ വിട്ട നാല് മലയാളികള്‍ കൂടി കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ടു

സത്യജ്വാല July, 2017

ഇടവകയിലെ പത്ത് കുടുംബങ്ങള്‍ക്കെങ്കിലും ശൗചാലയം നിര്‍മ്മിച്ചുനല്‍കാതെ പുതിയ പള്ളിമേടയില്‍ താമസിക്കില്ലെന്ന് ഒരു വൈദികന്‍

റോക്ക് ലാന്‍ഡ് സെന്റ് മേരീസില്‍ ഫാ. ജോസ് മുളങ്ങാട്ടില്‍ നയിക്കുന്ന ധ്യാനം 7,8,9 തീയതികളില്‍

സത്യജ്വാല December 2015

Women’s ordination, moot question, what? reason or sentiment?

Laity Voice, October 2015

സത്യജ്വാല ജൂലൈ ലക്കം: കത്തോലിക്ക സഭയെ നന്നാക്കാന്‍ ഒട്ടേറെ ലേഖനങ്ങള്‍

Laity Voice-July

Synod: No Indian Bishop responds to Papal Call?

സത്യജ്വാല-ജൂണ്‍, 2015

Laity Voice-June

Church or mammon of iniquity worshp? reactions

Laity Voice-May

Who destroys Indian Christian families? Peddlers of pure blood: deadly virus

വംശഹത്യാ പരാമര്‍ശം: വത്തിക്കാന്റെ വെബ്‌സൈറ്റ് ഹാക്ക് ചെയ്തു

Laity Voice-April

കാലാവധിക്കു മുമ്പേ സ്ഥാനത്യാഗം ചെയ്യാനുള്ള സാധ്യത തള്ളിക്കളയാനാവില്ല: പാപ്പാ ഫ്രാന്‍സീസ്‌

ലെയിറ്റി വോയിസ്-March

Missionaries of Charity says RSS chief misinformed

സഭ കല്‍പിച്ചതും മോദി ഇച്ഛിച്ചതും ഒന്ന്

ഇഗ്‌നാത്തിയോസ് അഫ്രേം ദ്വിതീയന്‍ പാത്രിയര്‍ക്കീസ് ബാവയുമായി സിബിസിഐ ലെയ്റ്റി കമ്മീഷന്‍ ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ മാത്യു അറയ്ക്കല്‍ കൂടിക്കാഴ്ച നടത്തി

വിശ്വാസ തര്‍ക്കങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് കോടതികളിലൂടെ പരിഹാരം ഉണ്ടാകില്ല

NY Times editorial continues pattern of disparaging Hindus: HAF

French Muslims seek positive image post Paris attacks

Hindus in Malaysia slam cleric's views on garlanding PM

Pope Opines On Spanking

ലെയിറ്റി വോയിസ്-ഫെബ്രുവരി ലക്കം

What was Gandhi’s Evaluation of RSS?

വിവേകത്തിന്‍െറ ശബ്ദം

View More