Recently the fcJ sisters of Europe had an assembly in Bucharest and got a taste of the rich Romanian culture and also of the hardships of life in the communist era.  We saw a moving one-hour DVD documentary: “Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters under European communism.”  Filmed on location, it dramatically recreates what happened to catholic religious sisters in the years between the end of World War 2 and 1989.  They lost their convents, schools and hospitals almost overnight and many endured imprisonment, exile to Siberia, forced farm and factory labour.   Some of those still alive today describe what it was like being awakened in the night and carried off they knew not where, and how they stood by each other. Their heroism and courage and the lack of bitterness of those who endured cruel sufferings is impressive.   What struck us all was to think how much they were suffering and yet those of us who were just a plane ride away in western Europe had no idea of it.  

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