“Of Gods and Men”

Brother Luc and village girl in conversation

Girl – Ever been in love?

Br. Luc – Yes, several times. And then I encountered another love, even greater.

And I answered that love. It’s been a while now. Over 60 years.

Reading at Meal (34:22)

Accepting our powerlessness and our extreme poverty is an invitation,
an urgent appeal to create with others relationships not based on power.
Recognizing my weaknesses, I accept those of others.
I can bear them, make them mine in imitation of Christ.
Such an attitude transforms us for our mission.
Weakness in itself is not a virtue,
but the expression of a fundamental reality
which must constantly be refashioned by faith, hope and love.

The apostles’ weakness is like Christ’s,
rooted in the mystery of Easter and the strength of the spirit.
It is neither passivity nor resignation.
It requires great courage and incites one to defend justice and truth
and to denounce the temptation of force and power.

End of Article [from an article by Christian Chessel, priest of Missionaries of Our Lady of Africa (White Fathers) born: 27 October 1958, killed 27 December 1994 in Tizi-Ouzou (Algeria)]

Conversation between Br. Christian and Br. Christophe (74:42)

Br. Christian – Remember. You’ve already given your life. You gave it by following Christ. When you decided to leave everything. Your life, your family, your country. The family you could have raised.

Br. Christophe – I don’t know if it’s true any more. I don’t get it. Why be martyrs? For God? To be heroes? To prove we’re the best?

Br. Christian – We’re martyrs of love, out of fidelity. If death… overtakes us, despite ourselves, because up to the end, up to the end we’ll try to avoid it, our mission here is to be brothers to all. Remember that love… is eternal hope. Love endures everything.