Last week, on Tuesday the founder of the Taize movement, Brother Roger, was stabbed during a religious service and died. I don’t think the news has been widely broadcast. He was about 90 years old. A Frenchman who worked actively for rescuing Jews in WWII he made a commitment for peace by working for the reconciliation of Christians. The Taize movement which he founded united simple liturgical chant, contemplative silence and religious iconography. It was successful as a form of worship and widely emulated among small groups around the world. I understand in his later years Brother Roger converted from Reformed Protestantism to Catholicism. He did not court controversy as many religious leaders have done. Simplicity was his gospel. His death caught many by surprise.

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