Merciful Father….

“You know the movie starring Anonio Banderas — The Thirteenth Warrior?  It’s a complete gore-fest,” my teacher says.  “But in between the gore Antonio gets down on his knees and says ‘Merciful Father….'”

“He’s Catholic, right?”  I say. My teacher puts his hand up.

“No, he’s Muslim.  So Antonio says this prayer:

I have squandered my days with plans of many things.
This was not among them. But at this moment, I beg only, to live the next few minutes well. For all we ought to have thought and have not thought… All we ought to have said and have not said. All we ought to have done and have not done. I pray thee, God for forgiveness.”

And he’s not Catholic?  That’s so Catholic!” I say.

“Dude, Muslims ask forgiveness for sins of omission and commission all the time.”

And I feel like I discovered la ilaha illa allah Muhammadar rasul Allah inside that church with the red stained glass shining on the statue of St. Therese.

Discounting the complete orientalism of the movie, of course.

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