I've written about this documentary before, but I watched it again last week. It's now out on DVD. I've never seen a movie that so effortlessly conveys the essence of ascetic Christianity. There are almost no words for three hours: just stunning, painterly cinematography that patiently, poignantly reveals the depths of devotion that some human beings are capable of in their relationship with God. I remain in awe of these men, sequestered for life, devoted solely to the divine, caring gently for one another, and leaving words behind to worship a God that eludes all human expression. In a world where Christianity is so often represented by those who have almost no understanding of the Gospel message, by the worldly and the power-hungry, the judgmental and the afraid, it is such a relief to see faith that isn't fear, faith that is never far from joy.
In one minute, 255 babies will be born, 83,000 people will make love, and our hearts will beat more than 500 billion times.