"Qui legit, intelligat"|
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for this most Solemn of Solemnities of Easter Sunday, he reaffirms what the Scriptures confirm and what Holy Mother Church has always taught as he provides various testimonies from Divine Revelation and true learned men of the Church to the fact we must die with Christ in our flesh, so to speak, by shedding the vices of the old man and putting on the garment of grace of the new man in order to be worthy to rise with Him in our resurrection when, purified of all sin, we can take our place in the everlasting light. The way can only be illuminated by Lumen Christi - the Light of Christ which is our beacon on the path to Heaven. Father explains in his sermon for this glorious Easter morn in quoting from St.Paul's words in Romans 6: 5,
"In the likeness of His Resurrection"
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney presents Easter installment on the Disciplines of the Season, having passed from Lent and Passiontide we now focus on the beauty and significance, the power and glory of the Resurrection. Yet, as Kevin points out, the Novus Ordo still doesn't get it even though they have so stalwartly preached the Resurrected Christ much more than the Crucified Lord as evident from the crosses in so many churches today that bear the Resurrected One rather than the Immolated One at Calvary. In this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He takes the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for the glorious Double of the First Class Feast of the Resurrection of the Lord and compares key points where once again omissions glaringly reveal themselves which once again points out how the New Order Rite expresses a Protestant mentality in so many ways. Kevin identifies the differences in The Disciplines of the Season: EASTER SUNDAY
From Eden to the Empty Tomb
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey completes his special series on Reflections of Salvation History with the Glorious Resurrection. In this special six-part series on "A Reflection of Salvation History," first introduced to our readers last year and brought to you to enhance your contemplation for this holy season, Tom has taken us indeed from Eden to the empty tomb. He points out that, despite the hardships, the sacrifices, the insults, the scourging, the stripping, the nailing and hanging on the wood of the Cross, Christ proved for all time that it was worth it. Is it worth it to us? By our actions and fidelity to His teachings passed down through His Holy Church and carried out in the Sacraments, especially Baptism, Penance and the Holy Eucharist, we illustrate if we think so. If we are His loyal lambs, Christ the Lamb of God has guaranteed He will be loyal to us at our Particular Judgment. Nothing else matters for salvation is at stake. Alleluia.
From Eden to the Empty Tomb
Gabriel Garnica reminded all of the great dangers of throwing opinions around for, like darts, they can stick, they can hurt and they can do great harm. He went beyond the excuse that "everyone has an opinion" by deciphering between fact and fiction, between opinion and truth. Often times the weapon of opinions are loaded in the arsenel of satan and few there are who are aware how deadly their words can be. Gabriel cautioned us all to keep the good intentions we have been working on during Lent for increasing virtuous actions by being ever on our guard between
Godly vs. UnGodly Opinions.
From Eden to the Empty Tomb
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey continued with his special series for this holiest and most meaningful of seasons. Leading up to the Easter Vigil for Holy Saturday all remains stripped bear for Christ is nowhere to be found. This liturgical symbolism in the Easter Triduum of Our Lord in the tomb is, unfortunately, too prevalent today in society where so many seek to dismiss Christ from their thoughts in order to continue their own sinful agendas. They are lost in the darkness and it is only through the Lumen Christi - the Light of Christ - that they will find their way. By His Death and Resurrection the new Adam has won for us - through His merits and the co-redemptrix fiat of the new Eve His sinless Blessed Mother - the reality of eternal life in recovering what our first parents had lost. Tom reflected in From Eden to the Empty Tomb - Part Five HOLY SATURDAY
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's reflections for Good Friday, he pointed out the signs of God's Love for us from the signs His only-begotten Son left behind, a sign so many still refuse to recognize and that is the Shroud of Turin which science cannot refute, but Father easily refuted the anathemas that were spewed on ABC's progressive program Jesus and Paul this past Monday which was a blatant attempt to grab some quick ratings by piggybacking on the popularity of 'The Passion of The Christ'. ABC's blatant anti-Christian, indeed anti-Catholic offering - typical for them - and presented by the 'Lord of Liberals' Peter Jennings were akin to the swine into which the demons fled. We know what that herd did, rushing pell mell over the precipice. Christ says why throw pearls to the swine and indeed, why put up with such heretical drivel the secular networks try to pass off as credible when we have Mel Gibson's masterpiece which is a pearl, a priceless pearl that reinforces exactly what the facts of the Shroud of Turin bear out in confirming its authenticity. For Good Friday Father shared a special reflection as a bonus meditation for this most solemn and saddest day of the year, yet one so full of hope as Father explained in
Signs of His Love
Quid Dicit Scriptura?
Jacob Michael completed his five-part reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries in helping us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob asked us to stand with Christ's Blessed Mother and His beloved disciple and the few others who braved the scourning of others to stand uncompromisingly with Him to the bitter end. The pain He suffered was bitter as Jacob described through medical and historical facts that make it all the more remarkable He could survive for three hours on the Tree of Salvation...and all for us! Yet we can't spend one hour with Him? Perhaps we need to get our perspectives in order so that He will recognize us when we knock and say "Lord?" Few there are who want to hear,"I do not recognize you, begone." Thanks to His crucifixion, He opened that door, but we must be willing to go through it on His terms, His Divine Will as Jacob delivered a most inspiring meditation for Good Friday on
The Crucifixion of Our Lord
From Eden to the Empty Tomb
In keeping with the season we continued a special retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey last year for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encourage you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site at Christ or chaos. Today he reflects on the everlasting impact of the wood - the wood of the manger, the feeding trough of life became the wood of the Cross - the feeding trough of everlasting life. Tom asked if we will stand with Him, walk with Him, suffer the scorn and scourgings, be nailed with Him to the Cross. Or will we cave to the crowd and join them in rejecting the One True God? How we respond could determine if we truly understand the glory of the Resurrection which awaits. Tom reflected in
From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part Four
Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Maundy Thursday's Mass, he emphasized on the institution of the priesthood by the Divine Priest the importance of the priesthood, the vital necessity for priests to be as pure and worthy of the call of Melchizedech that, one ordained through the most noble of Sacraments in the carrying out of Christ's charge in Mark 16: 15-16, could fulfill and increase the number of saved souls through his exemplary sacerdotal behavior and his vow to preserve the Sacred Traditions and Doctrines of Christ's Church and, most vital, the administration of the most Sublime Sacrament in being the alter Christus where he is the only instrument able to carry out the necessary Transubstantiation to offer to the Father the True Presence of Jesus in the unbloody propitiatory Sacrifice of the Mass. Yes, there is nothing more sublime or necessary for Catholics. The world has never understood the sacerdotal nature of the priesthood, but in its ignorance it has greatly misrepresented this most sacred vocation in which the essence is to work counterproductive to worldly goals. The very fact that the priesthood has been so viciously attacked by satan through the unprecedented assaulting of the human vulnerabilities of so many priests and their bishops who have become lax and caused grave scandals makes the road for good, dedicated priests all the more men who can assimilate their suffering with Christ on the road to Calvary. Why are priests so precious and priceless to the faithful and the preservation of the True Faith? Contrary to the relaxed and, often times anathematical norms of Vatican II, only the priests can offer, on behalf of Christ, the cup of salvation containing His Most Precious Body and Blood. Father explained in his sermon "I will take up the cup of salvation"
Gabriel Garnica called all Catholics to come to the defense of the Saving Victim - O Salutaris Hostia for the Bread of Angels Panis Angelicus is under heavy assault in every way as the New Order seeks to totally Protestanize the infrangible belief in the Real Presence in so many ways. Gabriel cited two saints who hungered for the Heavenly Manna and had a fire in their heart and soul to do all they could to preserve the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. On this day when we celebrate the institution of this most wonderful Sacrament to which we bend our knee in deep adoring Tantum ergo Sacramentum we can take time just to say thank you to Jesus for this most wonderful gift He gave us for time immemorial - His immemorial Mass in which we are privileged to re-enact His propitiatory Sacrifice on the altar in an unbloody manner. What joy should fill every Catholic heart and soul. We should never want to leave His side if we truly believe He is present in the holy Tabernacle. Gabriel explained further in his column
The Real Presence and the New Order .
Quid Dicit Scriptura?
Jacob Michael continued to apply Divine Revelation in his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries this week to help us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob focused on the trek up Calvary - the Via Dolorosa - "Way of Sorrows" and how much more difficult it really was for Our Lord than anyone can imagine considering His thoroughly battered condition and the weight and balance of the beam. Jacob pointed out that Christ did not carry His cross alone, but allowed Simon the Cyrenian to help. So also He invited us to share our cross with Him and to share the crosses of others for if we can share the pain, we will also share in the great gain of grace. This means aiding His Mystical Body which surely needs help today as She struggles under the burden of modernism and other heresies. Jacob delivered a most inspiring meditation for Maundy Thursday on
The Carrying of the Cross
From Eden to the Empty Tomb
In keeping with the season we continued a special retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey last year for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encouraged you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site at Christ or chaos. For the 1,971st anniversary of the Institution of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, Tom reflected on how "Holy Thursday is the time to enter deep into the mystery of God's love." Tom emphasized the need to wait and watch with Christ, truly present when the bread and wine are validly confected into the Body and Blood of Christ, Soul and Divinity. Just as His Own apostles failed the test to stand with Him, so also do we time and time again no matter how good our intentions. Dr. Droleskey invited us to resolve to stick it out this time, stay with Him through the blood and guts, so to speak, so that we can truly share in the triumph of the Cross at the Dawn of Pachaltide. Tom reflected in
From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part Three
Quid Dicit Scriptura?
Jacob Michael continued to apply Divine Revelation in his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries this week to help us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob hopes to give each reader a better grasp of their own life and put it all in perspective. Indeed the force with which the soldiers plunged the cruel thorn-plated helmet into Christ's sacred skull would doom any man to immediate, indescribable pain and horror. Yet Christ did not give up, He did not say "Enough!" He merely remained silent as his torturers mocked and derided Him further. Talk about harassment and persecution. Think about what He went through for us the next time we feel put upon. Jacob shared some astounding medical and historical facts that make the crowning of thorns all the more horrible in scope as he provided a most inspiring meditation for Wednesday of Holy Week on
The Crowning of Thorns
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Catharine Lamb helped us prepare for the beginning of the Easter Triduum by giving us a better perspective of the symbolism and meaning of the rituals of Maundy Thursday and why it is called such, for Maundy means Mandatum which translates to 'Commandment' and this Christ gave us with the institution of the Blessed Sacrament gifting those worthy of His graces His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. Catharine also gave us some insight into the Office of Tenebrae and where it originated and its beautiful meaning and customs kept alive from the monks keeping Christ company overnight to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the side chapel for the faithful to keep watch. Catharine takes us through Maundy Thursday's magnificent liturgy practiced for so many centuries by Holy Mother Church. She explained in - Maundy Thursday: A New Commandment I Give Unto You
Christ or chaos
Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey weighed in with a most powerful and necessary essay on the state of consciences today. Too many have accepted the compromise and in so doing have only empowered satan further. He addressed the Bishops of the United States, dressing them down for their lukewarmness and pulled no punches when it comes to the Democratic candidate for president John F. Kerry who is trying to ride on the coattails of another JFK whose own heresy began America on this trek into moral depravity and a loss of its soul. Tom pointed out the magnificence and absolute principles outlined by Pope Leo XIII in Sapientiae Christianae 114 years ago which holds truer today for politicians and the hierarchy than ever before. Tom also reminded that it is not the political parties who have the answers. Neither the pro-abort Dems or the hypocritical GOP are the answer. The only answer is to strive with every ounce of energy and breath of life to preserve life - everlasting life - by seeking to re-establish the Social Kingship of Christ no matter what it takes. Tom laid it all out in his hard-hitting column
Craven Cowards and Judases!.
Quid Dicit Scriptura?
Jacob Michael continued to apply Divine Revelation in his reflections on the Sorrowful Mysteries this week to help us all better understand the scope of this week in his short series "Five Days of Sorrow." Jacob hopes to give each reader a better grasp of their own life and put it all in perspective. Indeed Christ's terrible scourging at the Pillar, so brilliantly and vividly portrayed by Mel Gibson in his masterpiece film, is really only a hint of what Our Lord suffered. And what He suffered were the lashes of our sins - from the most inconspicuous venial sin to the most deliberate and vile mortal sin. They are all offensive to God and need to be atoned for since God operates in "Trinity Time" not linear time. Jacob reminded us to reflect on this scourging and realize every time we sin or have sinned it is another deep bruise in the precious Body of Christ as he shared a most inspiring meditation for Tuesday of Holy Week on
The Scourging at the Pillar
Quid Dicit Scriptura?
Jacob Michael used Divine Revelation to help us all better understand the scope of this week, and the unimaginable Love God has for us that He would send His only-begotten Son to die for us so that we might live. What Jacob hopes to accomplish in his series, which are basically the Sorrowful Mysteries in "Five Days of Sorrow," is to give us all a better grasp of our own lives and put it all in perspective for every drop of His Precious Blood from those first tears in Gethsemani to the last on Golgatha had a definite, specific purpose in atonement for our sins. Jacob confirms that indeed Christ did shed tears of blood in the Garden and what those tears meant as well as the necessary comfort of the angel as he shared a most inspiring meditation for Monday of Holy Week on
The Agony in the Garden
Gabriel Garnica reminded us of the simple virtuous traits lived by the Saint of Lourdes, the holy Bernadette whose sanctity was confirmed by God by leaving mankind with a sign of her holiness and adherence to Sacred Tradition for her body remains incorrupt today, nearly 125 years after her death in Nevers, France. Gabriel shared the fact that though Bernadette may not have been a learned Doctor of the Church in the mold of Thomas or Teresa of Avila, she was every way their equal in virtue and, like another French saint, found the simple way the best. Gabriel equated the seven traits of simplicity Bernadette lived to each day of this holiest of weeks in the year when we can apply the practicality of her simple advice which will do wonders in Heaven if we but have a sincere, simple heart full of love for Christ. Gabriel enumerated on her traits in his column
Bernadette Soubirous - Doctor of Simplicity.
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Palm Sunday the Hebrew children - Pueri Hebraeorum - who spread palmfronds before Our Lord, hailing Him as the Lord - "Hosanna in the highest" are today's 'pueri hebraeorum' who reject Him. This includes those who advance the heresies of Vatican II and, by doing so, no longer express such love for the Lord. Indeed, as we have seen from the pogroms issued against 'The Passion of The Christ', they openly flaunt that "Vatican II changed that 'medieval thinking'." Father reminds us how damaging to souls that anathema is for all are in agreement that the Jews are not solely responsible for Christ's death. The Church has never blamed the Jews exclusively. They did not kill Christ, but they REJECTED Him. It's basically the same, and they are killing souls today by rejecting the infallible dogma of salvation as Father pointed out in his sermon for truly the Hosannas of truth have turned to Hisses of heresy thanks to the venomous Vatican II agenda that is responsible for sinners remaining in sin and tolerating it. Souls are lost and the Faith is in great jeopardy if we do not resist such anathema by practicing true charity as Father explained in his sermon
"When as yet we were sinners."
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney presented his seventh installment on the Disciplines of the Season, having passed from Lent into Passiontide with today's focus on Palm Sunday in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for the Beautiful ceremony of the Blessing of the Palms, Procession and Holy Mass and compared it to the abbreviated form adopted in the Novus Ordo whereby once again he pointed out the omissions that on the surface may not seem like much of a difference, but in content and intent are huge in one, the Traditional Rite of the Immemorial Mass being totally Catholic, the New Order Rite expressing a Protestant mentality in so many ways. Kevin identified the differences in The Disciplines of Passiontide: Palm Sunday
From Eden to the Empty Tomb
In keeping with the season we began a retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey last year for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encourage you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site at Christ or chaos. He continued with his special series for Passiontide and Holy Week. For Palm Sunday he showed how we must discard the palms of political correctness and secular ideals for the true fronds of love that come from our heart in which we are willing to not only offer our Hosannas, but take up Christ's Cross for His entire Mystical Body as well in order to keep our focus on the straight and narrow - the sure path that leads up through Calvary. For without the Cross, there can be no Glory! Tom outlined the "Love Trail" in
From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part Two
As we head into Holy Week editor Michael Cain reminded all of our mandatory duty as members of the Church Militant, a task most have dropped and abandoned. Too many have forgotten the Poor Souls in Purgatory because the modern church has not emphasized it for that would offend our Protestant brethren in the big ecumaniac circus that the New Order has become. Cain asked us that as we set our clocks ahead an hour to think of the Church Suffering and to switch to "Trinity Time" in order to make use of whatever time we have left on this earth. Cain presented a gut-check for every Catholic, especially Traditional Catholics, when he asked Are we prepared to die with and for Him?.
From Eden to the Empty Tomb
In keeping with the season we began a retro series first presented by Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey last year for The Daily Catholic readers on A Reflection on Salvation History. It stretches from Adam and Eve to the glory of the Paschal Lamb on Easter Sunday. We also encourage you to catch up on his most recent articles at his own site at Christ or chaos. In his first part of his redact series, Tom traced the history of salvation from the fall of our first parents and the subsequent trials of God's people in the Old Testament in waiting for the Messiah; and when He arrived, few there were who recognized the God-man even in the face of fulfillment of all prophecy because of man's stubborn pride and resistance to God's will. So also today, especially today in 2004 as Tom explained in
From Eden to the Empty Tomb Part One
Gabriel Garnica is righteously upset that in this most holiest and somber of seasons the obscene, blasphemous, and sacrilegious film Life of Brian is being re-released into theaters to compete with Mel Gibson's masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' in a most mocking form. The irreverence which the anti-Catholic group Monty Python showed 25 years ago has not subsided as they have approved this action which should not only outrage Catholics, but, as Gabriel points out, should have Jews incensed. He wonders if the same critics of Mel will come forward and castigate this latest abomination or, as he suspects, why go after someone who ideologically and politically is on the same page. It all adds up to further scourging of Our Lord during the week we focus solely on Him. Gabriel expands on this in his column
How Long, O Lord?!.
Shears and Tears of a Lamb
Catharine Lamb continues her feature on the Canon of the Mass and those who are honored, continuing with the list of saints invoked in the Nobis quoque peccatoribus after the Consecration. These saints have been abandoned by the New Order for the very words "To us also, Thy sinful servants," which are the only audible words spoken in the Canon of the Mass per the rubrics and celebret set in stone by Trent and Pope Saint Pius V. Thanks to the Vatican II popes the powerful intercession of these saints have been eliminated just as the idea of being a sinner has been downplayed so that all will feel better about themselves. Catharine has a shock for those who have bought into this 'all is love' hype: they're in for a shock when they stand before their Maker at their Particular Judgment. She shares insight into four more saints Ignatio, Alexandro, Marcellino, et Petro who all gave their lives for their Faith rather than betraying Our Lord and the Church He founded. A far cry from what is promoted today as she explains in - Abandoned Saints to sustain Thy Sinful Servants - Part Three
Hope on the Horizon
Terence Jeffrey in his Townhall column points out the pending confrontation that is bound to break out soon and that is John Kerry's absolute acceptance of sin and his direct opposition to God's Laws and the Church's. The Massachusetts senator's feeble excuse of separation of Church and State doesn't hold a lick of water as Jeffrey points out that "if it violates the natural law, the bishops have a right and a duty to hold him accountable." While he really only touches the surface, it is interesting that he cites an event where the Baptist minister Dr. Martin Luther King relied on the wisdom of the holy Doctors of the Church - both St. Augustine and the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas. Their contention: "Unjust laws are no laws at all!" Since abortion is unjust because it is murder and goes against the absolute Laws of God,it is no law. Though we wouldn't put as much, if any, hope as Jeffrey does in St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, Terence seems to think he is the answer, but he has still been all talk. Only when a bishop officially excommunicates a pro-abort politican publicly will the rest sit up and take notice. Regardless, we provide Jeffrey's Townhall column
Will the bishops confront Kerry?
The GOOD: The "Tower of Trent" Trophies!|
Other than the coveted Walter L. Matt Memorial Lecture, there are no official recognitions of Traditional warriors that we know of. That is why we have created the "Tower of Trent" Trophies to present on the web to worthy recipients who have fought for the cause of preserving and upholding the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. Though we are announcing this first in the order, it will be the last to be rewarded. Deadline for nominations and categories so that we might be able to acknowledge more worthy efforts will be Easter Monday, April 12th. That is the day after the Feast of Saint Leo the Great. The actual announcement of winners will be on the 87th Anniversary of Our Lady's First Apparition at Fatima and the Feast of that great Doctor of carrying out the Decrees of Trent, Saint Robert Bellarmine. You can send your nominations and ideas to Tower of Trent Nominations and Category Suggestions Tower of TRENT Trophy
Worldwide Mel's "little movie" inches closer to half a billion!
Who'd a thunk it? By Easter Sunday night there is a possibility that Mel Gibson's little film which no one in Hollywood wanted to touch with a ten-foot dolly cam, will approach a half billion dollars at the box-office world-wide. Many expect at least $350 million by the end of this week in the U.S. but what is truly amazing is that in the rest of the world, the numbers are phenomenal. Released in 43 foreign markets, South and Central America have recorded the most with $35.2 million, while Western Europe has contributed $21.8 million and Australia weighed in with $10.8 million. Poland alone has registered $9.4 million, and we know it has been a big hit in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and other places in the Middle East despite the terrible conflicts. Maybe if those Shiites would put down their guns and go see 'The Passion' we could have less bloodshed in a war that has been way too politicized at the expense of our young men fighting an unrecognizable army for no one knows who is who except the rabid, radical leaders. It is the leaders who are to blame, just as in the account of the the Passion of our Lord in all the Gospels it was the leader Caiaphas who stirred the others to sacrifice Christ to save their hides. If only he had realized that is why Jesus died: to save our hides, or, more appropriately put: our souls!
The Passion' Bumps Gump Out of #10th Spot All Time!
Passion's' Passionate Returns Illustrate the Fever of the Fervor of Faith!
Holy Saturday is here and many expect Mel Gibson's masterpiece 'The Passion of The Christ' to fare well this weekend as many will add to their inspiration by including the 'The Passion' as part of their meditation on the Passion and Death of Our Lord in this holiest week of the year.
This weekend Mel's little film surpassed 'Forrest Gump' as the tenth highest grossing movie ever. Next up on the list is 'Finding Nemo' at $339.7 mil* which should easily be surpassed by the weekend, quite possibly by the Easter Triduum. After six weeks 'The Passion' has amassed $335,526,000 million at the box office in North America through April 7th, surging back to number one at the box office over the upstart Hellboy. Talk about ironic. In the end the devil never wins. The numbers listed above do not include the most recent box office returns from Oceania and Europe or the Middle East where it has been a surprise hit. We urge all to see it if you haven't seen it yet, and if you have: SEE IT AGAIN!
'The Passion of The Christ' expects resurgence at the Box Office this week
The term bandied about "Jesus Saves" can be taken literally as far as the godforsaken pagan Hollywood is concerned for were it not for 'The Passion' which accounted for a record winter season which The Hollywood Reporter calls "How Mel Saved the Winter Boxoffice Season and Maybe the Year." Gibson's masterpiece was the second highest box-office film of all time for a winter season, just missing topping the all-time BO champ Titanic a just less than 6 million dollars. The film is already thirteenth all time and by Easter will comfortably be in the top ten. Meanwhile it is basking in five number one categories:
- The number one R-rated film ever, leaving its closest competition Matrix Reloaded a distant second at $281 million.
- The top independent film ever distributed. Period! And it's only begun!
- The number one film as far as February openings for all time.
- It is the number one film ever for a non-English movie which also is a first - released in the US. By the way, come Oscar time it will not be eligible for Best Foreign Language Film. Why? Because there is no country which speaks Aramaic or Latin anymore. As for the latter, sadly, not even Vatican City.
- Mel's movie stayed at the top as number one at the box office for 23 consecutive days. Interesting also that those who later beat out 'The Passion' for a weekend, such as 'Dawn' and 'Scoobey Do' drop off dramatically after the initial three-day push whereas 'The Passion' continues to hold up.
One interesting fact is that a recent Gallup poll said that 34% that had not seen it yet would definitely see it which guarantees legs for Mel's film. Ad to this that 31% will either see it again or definitely rent or buy the DVD or video and many believe that eventually it will topple Titanic.
What is truly more amazing than the monetary numbers is the impact the film has had on lives. Already there are accounts of over 70,000 testimonies of how the film changed their lives. We know about the murderer and the thief who turned themselves in because their consciences, not fear of being caught, caught up to them after they say Mel's magnum opus. The other interesting point is that church attendance since the movie's release is up 10% and what is even more amazing is that Mel has everyone talking about Jesus in a positive manner and going back to the Sacred Scriptures to fill in the blanks, if you will, for there is a thirst for "the Truth, the Way, and the Life."
If you have stayed away because you couldn't handle the violence or were put off by negative reviews, check your Faith. Ask yourself why. Christ didn't like it either but He was willing to undergo the humiliation and unbearable pain for you. It's Holy Week; offer it up and help carry His cross by experiencing this miracle that is moving souls, so much so that two men have turned themselves into law authorities for their crimes, one was for murder, the other for theft. Why? Because Mel's movie tinged their consciences. True modern Dismas men in our midst. How many more have changed and amended their lives? God only knows. Go see 'The Passion' again and then let us know what you thought of the film and how it affected you. Share with our readers by writing to My take on 'The Passion'
* Sources: www.hollywoodreporter.com, Passion-outreach.com
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