“I Pray for Malala”

During our prayer the other night, as the young people were offering intercessions, one young lady said, “I pray for Malala, the girl from Pakistan, who is speaking out about peoples’ rights.” After the prayer, I acknowledged this intercession and said how impressed I was that she had mentioned Malala Yousafzai and began to explain her story to the class in case some were not familiar with her. She is an education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban (in October, 2012) because she advocates for girls to receive an education. She survived and has resumed and increased her activism. As I was explaining the story to the kids, I said that she was shot by “some people who are against girls receiving an education” and 3 students at the same time blurted out, “the Taliban.” I was impressed by their knowledge of world events!

Here is a clip of Malala on the Daily Show just a couple of weeks ago in which she left Jon Stewart literally speechless with her explanation of non-violence. Amazing.


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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

1 Comment on “I Pray for Malala”

  1. I am reminded, in the person, witnesss and spirit of Malala, of another great non-Christian witness to non-violence from that region of the world (although not of the same religious tradition): Mahatma Gandhi. And it was Gandhi who inspired Martin and Coretta Scott King to embark upon their nonviolent interpretation and application of the Gospel here in the USA. Gandhi was the first leader to lead a successful revolution without weapons, and Dr. King was the first in our country to do so. Cesar Chavez followed in his footsteps on behalf of the farmworkers. I humbly suggest that Malala deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, and we Christians can be inspired by her example in our pursuit of peace built upon justice and established without violence. Thank you Malala!

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