Stay or go? For the monks of Thibherine the answer is also a question of faith

Every day a good day

“Of Men and Gods” is rightly hailed as a masterpiece. The French film about Trappist monks who were victims of the Algerian civil war in 1996, is a powerful plea for humanity and tolerance. And the film shows how to live a full life – even in the face of mortal danger

Of men and gods, Movie trailer

Civil war in Algeria, 1993. Military government and Islamic fundamentalists are engaged in a brutal civil  war that in the end is called for almost 100 00 deaths. In a monastery in the mountains near Thibherine nine Trappist monks live a peaceful and ascetic life, in mutual agreement with the Muslim inhabitants of the neighboring villages, always supported by the monks whether in medical issues or other emergencies. As in the vicinity Croatian immigrant workers are murdered by Islamic rebels and the rebels also enter by force the monastery, the monks become aware that their Christian faith can put them in danger.

They are encouraged to leave the monastery. The monks hesitate. In the seclusion of the mountains they have found their home and have become a community. They have assumed a responsibility before God and in the help to their neighbors. But should they therefore put their lives at risk? (more…)

 

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