Friday, January 6

Monks, redux

From the "We don't live like you, we don't dress like you, therefore we fascinate you and draw you in" file:

We all remember the great popularity enjoyed, particularly in pop culture a few years ago, by Gregorian Chant. Germany seems to be having a repeat monkish hit.

The Carthusians are the strictest Christian order and this three-hour, almost totally silent film about them, was not expected to be a hit. But it is playing to packed cinemas, fascinating audiences with the unique glimpse of a contemplative life, unknown beyond the monastery walls.

BBC News

One observes that if the monks dressed in jeans and sang mediocre pop-ish (not popish) songs, no one would care about them, and Christ's evangelical counsels would not currently be selling out to theatres of young people.

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