Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lucia Book on a man who converts to Catholicism from Islam has influenced me in recent weeks

A couple of weeks ago I was wanting to read something worthwhile, and even thought to myself that it would be good if I could find something on Kindle.  I was thinking of fiction rather than non-fiction, as I seem to read quite a few non-fiction books and very little fiction, so I was really wanting a story.

All of this thinking occurred just before bedtime, and as I normally do at night, in the process of closing down my computer, I just had a last look around.   A post on our sidebar caught my eye by Te Deum laudamus!, Book Review | The Price to Pay: A Muslim Risks All to Follow Christ:

The Price to Pay grabs you by the seat of your pants right on the first page and doesn't let go until you are done. It begins in Iraq in the late 1980's with a Muslim man from a tribe with considerable esteem who encounters an Iraqi Catholic while in mandatory military service. Without spoiling it, suffice it to say, that after initially having a serious aversion to the guy, he has an experience that will change his life forever.

The man lived to write about his epic and heroic journey into Catholicism. In fact, it wasn't a journey, it was a roller-coaster ride, running at a fast pace, with many ups and downs. As one priest said, "if you didn't know he survived, you'd have a heart-attack reading the book."

Throughout the book you see God initiating contact with a man who has no knowledge of Christianity, much less Catholicism, other than the false notions served to him by his anti-christian culture. You then see a man's free-will response to each grace God sends him. Divine providence is visible so many times throughout the book, I lost count.

The book is ultimately hope-filled and triumphant. It was fascinating to see how some people today pursue Jesus and His Church with the boldness of yesterday's first Christians. His thirst for Baptism and the Eucharist catapulted me into an examination of conscience of a very different kind. He wanted badly to share his new found faith with his family in a country where certain death awaits one who converts from Islam to Christianity...

Well, I downloaded the sample and was grabbed by the seat of my pajama pants! So I stayed up quite late reading it after getting through the sample and then buying the book to see what happened next, and I think I finished it the next day.

Afterwards I just felt stunned. I couldn't write about it, I just needed time to process what I'd read, especially the concept of a family who would want to kill a member who converted to Christianity because of the shame of it to the family. To want to kill a family member because of the shame they bring, I can't get my head around that.

I was also in awe of the man's courage. I think it's easy to get comfortable in one's place in life and not go out on a limb because of the disruption it could bring.  That was very much in the forefront of my thinking over that period of time.

A couple of days later, I wrote a very short post linking to another post on a recent court case that involved bloggers and all hell broke loose. If anyone really wants to understand a little of what lead me to writing that short post, I recommend reading The Price to Pay as a starting point.

4 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

So he swapped one delusion for another. Big deal.

Lucia Maria said...

Right, LRO. Try swapping "delusions" in a Muslim majority country where primary "delusion" inspires it's adherents to kill their own family members if they dare to discard it. Not all "delusions" are equal.

Anonymous said...

And yet, Lucia, you overlook the biggest flaw in all your arguments - that without religious delusions no one would be killed over religion.

It is religion, and religion alone, that is responsible for these killings. No where on earth can you point to gangs of humanist thugs murdering people who no longer wish to be humanists, or who refuse to convert to humanism.

Its not that long ago that your preferred religious delusion DID kill those who tried to escape it, and even now, your brand of religious delusion sees nothing wrong in allowing a living, breathing human to die in order to "save" a bunch of non living, non breathing, cells.

Lucia Maria said...

LOL, LRO! The murderous impulse exists without religion!

And of course we can't point to humanist thugs murdering people who no longer wish to be humanists, because there is no such thing as a humanist society. Humanists can only exist in Christian societies, and Christians don't ordinarily and regularly kill their own family members who no longer wish to be Christians, otherwise humanists could not exist. When Christians did kill, it was a failure of Christianity, while as with Islam it is not. There is no freedom of belief in Islam in the same way as we are used to here.

"...even now, your brand of religious delusion sees nothing wrong in allowing a living, breathing human to die in order to "save" a bunch of non living, non breathing, cells.

I'm sorry, that's just plain not true, LRO.

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