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I am so grateful for these thoughts and most especially for this: "What you believe, that is religion,” he said. “Who you are, what you live for — that is faith."

Last night I saw Of Gods and Men, the French film that tells the story of Cistercian Trappist Monks, deeply beloved in their Islamic community in Algeria, who were kidnapped and executed by Islamic extremists in 1996. The insight of your theology teacher comes as close as anything I can imagine of capturing these monks' extraordinary courage and faith, as well as the enduring gift to us of their example, in a very few words.