Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Des Hommes et des Dieux
Of Men and of Gods.
The movie tells the story of the Trappists of Tibhirine Abbey. They were beheaded - some now say they were beheaded after their death, to cover up the fact they may have been killed by friendly fire - although taken as hostages by radical Muslims, it was first believed they were martyred. I accept the later. They were martyrs. I have sand from their grave, sent to me by a dear father at New Melleray. No matter - the monks died for peace. They were Trappists. For all of their critics - the Trappists I mean - the ones I know seem to live very much in kinship with the spirit Charles de Foucauld - especially those monks of Tibhirine. Even though most Trappists live in large monasteries, many seem to carry the desert in their heart. It seems to me the Trappists in our day retain a special character of authentic monasticism - in their unadorned simplicity, they seem to retain something of the original reform. They remain true monks.
Anyway - I viewed a trailer from the film, Des Hommes des Deux based upon the events leading up to the deaths of the monks of Tibhirine on Idle Speculations - I hope to see the film. I posted another short from the film above. I had never heard of the film before today, even though it won a Golden Palm at Cannes.
Coincidently, I found an article on New Melleray this morning, check it out here.