As the old saying goes, history repeats itself.
Last fall, I had the opportunity to be involved with a stage production of the musical, Les Miserables. The musical, based on the classic novel, is a fictional account of a real-life event - an uprising by students against the French regime in the 1800s. What is going on in Ukraine right now is a real-life version of the events depicted in Les Miserables, including the barricades:
Ukraine even has its own version of Eponine- the young woman from Les Miserables who was shot and killed at the barricade. Olesya Zhukovskaya is a 21 year old medic who was tending to the wounded and dying in the streets when she was shot in the neck by a sniper. After being shot, she posted the words "I'm dying" on a social media website. Fortunately, so far, she has avoided Eponine's fate and survived following emergency surgery.
Meanwhile, the witness of the clergy in Ukraine continues to amaze me. Here is an incredible image of a Greek Catholic priest, with a riot shield in one hand, a cross in the other, and a gas mask around his neck.
More amazing images of clergy on the front lines in Ukraine can be found here:
Please continue praying for peace in Ukraine.