I'm exploring role models in my blog. Here is an Italian woman who has become a bit of a celebrity for her Christian response to the Mafia.
In May 1992 Mafia thug Giovanni Brusca set off a huge bomb in the small Sicilian village of Capaci that killed antimafia investigating magistrate Giovanni Falcone, several police officers and his wife.
At the state funeral of Falcone and the other murdered government officials, Rosario Schifani, the widow of one of the dead police officers said the following:
To the men of the mafia – who are here in this church too – I want to say something. Become Christians again. I ask you, for Palermo, a city you've turned into a city of blood. Men of the mafia, I will forgive you, but you will have to get down on your knees.
Apparently Mafiosi began crying and some even gave up their criminal activities as a direct consequence of Rosario's passionate sermon which sounds like something out of the prophet Jeremiah. What a role model for our children!
Italy has also won the World Cup four times as opposed to our solitary and rather dubious win in 1966.