When Anthony Colon’s brother, Wilfredo, was murdered, young Anthony’s life was filled with hate. “I hated everybody. I hated everything. It made me to be a person, like a monster,” Colon told CNN’s Rose Arce. Over time, however, the anger began to fade. Colon married and had two children. He “welcomed religion into his life” and began to feel a deep desire to be reconciled with his brother’s killer.
Then one day, Arce reports, Colon was visiting a friend at the Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County, New York. He looked across the room and saw Michael Rowe, one of the men who had murdered his brother. Colon walked straight up to Rowe and said: “Brother, I’ve been praying for you. I forgave you. I’ve been praying I would see you again.”
In prison, Rowe was befriended by Julio Medina of Exodus Transitional Community, which helps inmates prepare to re-enter the free world, Arce reports. Rowe began pursuing an education behind bars, and Colon began visiting him regularly. The day Rowe graduated, Colon came to the ceremony. He also spoke on Rowe’s behalf at his parole hearing. When Rowe was paroled in mid-April after 20 years in prison, he started working side by side with Colon at Exodus.
The CNN Belief Blog article isn’t particularly well written, but the video is a very moving testimony to the power of Christ to lift us above our brokenness and use us to create justice in the most unlikely places.