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Recently, I recommended this movie to my students in an adult catechism class. One of our priests, a priest of the Inst. of Christ the King, came into the room and told the students that this was not a good movie because the monks did not "propose the faith" to the heathen Muslims. Well, that blew my recommendation. My students always listen to and do whatever the priest says. This priest felt that the Abbot, Brother Christian, endangered his community and should have gotten them out of there. Since I have found in the blogosphere that traditionalists do not like this movie because of its tolerant attitude toward Islam. I so loved the decency and dignity Brother Christian showed toward the Muslims. As a result of this exchange in my classroom, I now know I will never be or become a traditionalist. With God's help, and the prayers of my brothers and sisters, I hope to become, as Brother Christian said: a "happy thief". These men are saints. If not, then, at least, they are happy.
4/9/2011 12:39:07 PM
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I have to wonder what your priest thinks of the statement:

"There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs—all different religions. But they all come to our prayers."

Doubtless, Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta's "proposal of the faith" was likewise insufficientfor him and the "traditionalists."

The borthers of the monastewry of the Atlas Mountains proposed their faith in a far more compelling manner than chiding simple villagers for the errors of their ways. They proposed the faith by living it with courage, dignity, charity, humility and compassion and ultimately dying for it.

As I watched the film late on Good Friday night, I couldn't help but relect upon the fruits their humble witness to the faith must bear among those who learned, through them, what it is to be Christian. Their witness was far more compelling than the sort of self-righteous condemnations craved by those who see the faith as a tool for self justification, rather than a window through which to view Christ in our fellow man,
4/24/2011 6:17:21 PM
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