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Testament of Dom Christian De Cherge, OCSO
Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
Fr. Christian, when he wrote his letter forecasting his death at the hands of Islamic fundamentalists, has been very careful in his letter not to have the least amount of hatred towards his opponents even when he felt sure that he would be murdered by them (Christian)…
It is this unfathomable forgiveness that creates a similarity between this protagonist’s mental transformation and the sublime and divine mercy exhibited by the priest, Dom Christian De Cherge, towards his future murderers, who later killed him in Algeria. Fr.Christian’s deep sense of forgiveness has arisen from the realization that he, as a human being, has a “share in the evil which (…) (exists) (…) in the world” (Christian). This is why he says, “I should like, when the time comes, to have a space of lucidity which would enable me to beg forgiveness of God and of my fellow human beings, and at the same time to forgive with all my heart the one who would strike me down.” To explain the real basis of forgiveness further, Fr. Christian has gone ahead in his letter to say that as he loved all his fellow human beings, it would be one among those of his loved ones, who will eventually kill him. He is pained and sad to know that one of his loved ones would strike him down (Christian). Fr. Christian is able, with his all-forgiving heart to shift his view point to that of his killer. He says that the killer might think that he was acting “in fidelity to what he believes to be Islam” (Christian). ...
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