The religious sister who knelt before Myanmar police urging them not to use violence against coup protestors says the Holy Spirit prompted her and that she drew her strength from prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Source: CNA.
The image of Sr Ann Rose Nu Tawng kneeling before police urging them not to use violence against protesters captured the world’s attention after Myanmar’s military coup in February.
“I deeply felt the action of the Holy Spirit,” she told journalists in Rome via a video call from Myanmar yesterday.
Speaking in Burmese with live translation provided by a priest and a seminarian, she said that prayer had been fundamental in sustaining her during this difficult time for her country.
“Even as we are experiencing a moment of persecution, it has really helped me above all to say prayers of praise,” she said.
“Prayer in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament has given me this strength. From there, I drew the strength to help the people and to act like this.”
Sr Ann Rose Nu Tawng is a member of the Sisters of St Francis Xavier in northern Myanmar. The video of her kneeling before police officers in the city of Myitkyina on March 8 touched the Pope.
“I too kneel in the streets of Myanmar and say: ‘stop the violence.’ I too stretch out my arms and say: ‘may dialogue prevail,’” Pope Francis said on March 17.
Myanmar Catholic nun says Eucharistic adoration gave her strength to kneel before police (By Courtney Mares, CNA)