A Muslim Reads The Benedict Option
By ROD DREHER • March 25, 2017, 9:07 PM
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Today I received this lovely letter from reader Kamran Hashim, a Muslim, who gives me permission to share it with you:
I went to Manhattan College in the Bronx, NY. It is a Catholic college run by the Christian Brothers of the Order of De LaSalle. All students are required to take three classes on religion during their four years of undergrad studies in order to graduate. It just so happened that my first religion class was also the first class on my first day as a freshman. It was taught by Brother Robert Berger (who is still a good friend two decades later). And he began all his classes (as I came to learn over the years) with a simple prayer – “Let us remember that we are in the presence of God”. When I look back on my awesome college experience, i (sic) am struck by how the most important truth I learned during that time was communicated to me in that prayer in the opening moments of my fi(r)st (sic) class at the school.
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How is it that my Muslim brother Kamran understands The Benedict Option better than some Christian reviewers?
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[JR: Interesting the impact of a education from Alma Mater. I recognized this prayer in my novel. “Let us remember we are in the Holy Presence of God. For more days than I’d care to count, those words were said in my presence. Not until now do I think I begin to understand them.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 371 AND I’m sure that I really don’t understand them today.]
Hashim, Kamran [MC????]
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I believe that Kamran is a member of the Class of 1996.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Hashim, Kamran [MC1996]
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