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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Flannery O'Connor's got nothing...

...on Mel. Yes, I just saw Apocalypto... Sensitive souls (and stomachs) need not apply. That being said, if you can stand it, it is, I think, well worth seeing. Once.

Believe it or not (and many may not...the same way many don't get Flannery O'Connor), at the heart of this movie is a very Catholic interpretation of what a Christ-less society (as opposed to one preparing for Him or following Him) is by its nature - both in its good aspects and in its bad, and the reality that mere civilization cannot save itself, because it is nothing itself but a gathering together of families, who are composed of persons, each of whom need someone else to save them. This movie is about the "hole" that we each have in our hearts that the world cannot fill - only salvation can. Grace.

The movie itself rests on the premise that it is the "family" that lies at the center of everything human - relationship is what we are made for, it is what drives us; and it is family that is at the heart of a society. A society that attacks the family will destroy itself on the altars of pagan gods, and all of them demand beating hearts, whether it is the sun god or the CEO job. Of course, the movie also manages to veil our view of this premise through much of the time by the use of said beating hearts... But then again, doesn't our culture do the same thing?

I'd go on pondering, but it's late *ahem*, and I don't want to give too much away! There are some amazing messages in this movie for our culture - but I doubt many people will get past the gore to really see them. I guess that's why we need priests to be good homilists!! :)

Let me think about this film some more... like when I'm awake. There's much more to be considered here.


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