If There is God in You, There is Hope in You
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Publication :Einstein and God May 14, 2008 Newsweek Magazine
Sub Theme :Ethnicity/Tribalism/Genocide, Faith/Doubt, Helping the Needy, Unforgettable Characters/
Author Name :Rabbi Marc Gellman/
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For the starry heaven proof [of God] I am happy to go to Albert Einstein. For the moral law within, I go to Father Peter Le Jacq, M.D., a Maryknoll priest who runs the Bugando hospital in Mwanza, Tanzania. Peter is a genius of the human heart. He told me that one day that during the Rwandan genocide, a refugee woman walked up the hill to the hospital. She wore a dirty sun dress and a large hat and was walking awkwardly in just one shoe. When he reached her she collapsed in his arms. In time she told him how she had been raped and how her husband and children had been hacked to death before her eyes.
In time he softly asked her if her torments had made her lose her faith. She replied, "Oh, no Father! You see, there is God in me, and there is God in you, and if there is God in you, there is hope in you." I do not know her name, nor does Peter, but she is the equal to Albert Einstein in matters religious. No, she is superior to Einstein. She is my proof that God exists, not just out there, but also within each of our broken and needy hearts. "If there is God in you, there is hope in you."