Monday, April 09, 2007

Passione

So I got to watch the Passion, and it didn't have the same effect on me as it had those other years, but I'm glad I watched it. This time, I was really interested in the development of Mary's character (which I think Mel took care to develop because he is Catholic). That part where she remembers picking Christ up as a child when he fell, and that is juxtaposed with her running to him when he fell beneath the cross... I remember that making me cry in past years. It is still my favorite part of the entire movie.


Sometimes I consider becoming Catholic just for things like that, because I like Mary a lot and stories of female saints and all that. But then I think that I can't because I don't believe in following the Pope and couldn't force myself to.

Anyway... I was disappointed that the experience was different because it had been the experience that I was craving, not the movie. I wasn't breaking out popcorn for this one; I wanted to be moved and to cry and to connect with Christ if he's real - but it's just that, it's that qualifier "if he's real" that fucked it all up for me, I'm sorry to say. But what can you do? People change, they grow, they fall in and out of beliefs and it is sad but inevitable for some. Some like me.

1 comment:

fp said...

I loved Mary in the movie too.
I watched it on Good Friday, and it wasn't the same as watching it for the first time for me either, but it's a movie and that's why.

Some suggested reading:

1) HEALING THE ORIGINAL WOUND by Benedict Groeschel, CFR

2) http://www.catholic.com/library/church_papacy.asp

3) THE LORD by Romano Guardini

4)
http://ignatiusinsight.com/features2007/ratzinger_resurrectionitc_mar07.asp

5) THE THEOLOGY OF THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST by Monica Migliorino Miller

http://www.stpauls.us/Theology-of-The-Passion-of-the-Christ-The-P5401C0.aspx

The last one is published by Alba House and I can get you a complimentary copy if you want.