Quid Dicit Scriptura?|
Jacob Michael uses 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 shares a most inspiring meditation for Monday of Holy Week on
The Agony in the Garden
Gabriel Garnica reminds 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 shares 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 equates 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 enumerates 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?
Mario Derksen continued his excellent series on "The Truth About Ecumenism" as he meticulously analyzed the final word of the Church on ecumenism. Surprise, surprise it is not Ut unum sint but rather Mortalium animos, the no nonsense Papal encyclical by Pope Pius XI who warned in 1928 against the very insanity that has run wild over the past several decades and grows worse by the year, by the month. Mario provided the proof that ecumenism is not just a grave error, but an anathema which, in effect, is apostasy pure and simple for it denies the ineffable truths of the One True Church, denies the primary dogma of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, and denies Christ's command in the Scriptures. Mario provided the second installment on An Analysis of the Encyclical Mortalium Animos
and other true Catholic Teaching on Religious Unity
with part two Allurements & Temptations
A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
The thirteenth chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother the Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
moved out of the age of persecution from the Romans and encountered a new persecution, one from within as the devastating Arian heresy raises its ugly head. This Medusa of madness would cause more souls to be lost than all the Christians of the first three centuries. Many say that with the end of the cruel reign of Diocletian and the rise of Constantine the Great as the new emperor who, through the Sign of the Cross, conquered, that the growth spurted with Christians free to worship publicly for the first time. With this freedom, abuse entered in as is usually the case and it would be left to the emperor and Pope St. Sylvester I to try to quell the heresy with the First Major Council at Nicaea in 325 as we covered the first half of the fourth century during the pontificates of seven Popes in the thirteenth installment In Hoc Signo Vinces
Gabriel Garnica showed why everything is topsy-turvy today and why some want to strike God from the Pledge, from the schools, even from the churches, and definitely from the courts. They no longer recognize the absolute mandate of the Ten Commandments handed down from Almighty God to Moses on Mt. Sinai for all time. Considering the state of things today, is it any wonder the Ten Suggestions have replaced the Ten Commandments? No wonder they wanted to take the Decalogue monument out of Judge Roy Moore's rotunda. Do you think Moses might be mighty mad still? It's a sure thing that God's not happy because so many today have by and large turned their collective backs on the True God and His Laws and embraced the Golden Calf of The New Order both secularly and ecclesiastically. Gabriel has titled his column: Moses Meets The New Order.
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney presented his sixth installment on the Disciplines of Lent in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for this past Passion Sunday and compared it to what is offered in the proper for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Novus Ordo Missae. He pinpointed the passages that are optional and showed why those particular passages which the priest is at freedom to omit are key to the entire meaning and message of the Scripture reading. If one wonders why so many do not believe as they once did reading these particular points will help open eyes to the vast difference between the structured, purposeful Traditional rite and the novelty-ridden option-oriented New Order rite. Kevin identified the wide chasm in The Disciplines of Lent: Passion Sunday
Editor Michael Cain dovetailed from Gabriel Garnica's column on 'Reality' TV from Monday's issue, in asking how some of these other shows get televised. He wondered how many are getting sucked in by promos on television which always leave one wanting, never truly entertaining and even worse, so insidiously injecting anti-Catholicism into the content. While many times it is subliminal, other times it is quite obvious, blatantly such as in last Friday night's episode of Fox's Wonderfalls. As bad as that was, Cain came back for more punishment by sitting through CBS 'Jesus' Sunday night. He shared the sad side effects of the Andy Rooney-network's latest effort to offset the good Mel Gibson has been able to accomplish through his masterpiece film 'The Passion'. As for the CBS fare, Cain gave all a hint of why they should stick exclusively to broadcasting NCAA basketball games and the Masters Golf Tournament. It would be better if all the networks scrubbed their programming because it's hard to decipher one network from another. They all look alike and they're all carrying the same damaging type of trash that is harmful to souls as he pointed out in his editorial March Madness Gone Berserk!.
Pro Life Prescriptions
Dr. Frank Joseph returned to these pages with a stirring, impassioned plea to Archbishop Sean O'Malley to get off his hierach duff and do something before it is too late. He was, of course, referring to John Kerry and his shameful, scandalous flaunting of his sinful ways and receiving the sacraments as if nothing is wrong. Frank reminded the Archbishop of his duty before God and closed with a poignant and most pertinent piece by radio legend Paul Harvey titled "If I were the devil" in which it is quite obvious the bishops have done nothing to stop the evil one, even to curtail the devil somewhat. Now push has come to shove and it's time for O'Malley to stand and be counted or lose out forever if Kerry is elected. This has nothing to do with politics, but everything to do with saving souls as Frank emphasized in his column An Open Plea to Archbishop Sean O'Malley
Gabriel Garnica wondered what if all the shallow programming, especially the inane so-called reality television shows that seem to litter the major networks over the past two years, instead strove to provide something of value using the same concept but put towards good in a Christ-like manner. He realized he was just dreaming for the world would never buy it as programmers and viewers seemingly sink lower and lower in the base mentality of pushing the envelope beyond any kind of moral standards. Gabriel reminded us that there is definitely a reality at play here, one that can effect the very outcome of eternal life. With those kind of stakes, it is best to do a reality check as he pointed out in his column The Reality of 'Reality Entertainment'.
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney presented his fifth installment on the Disciplines of Lent in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass for Laetare Sunday and compared it to what is offered in the Novus Ordo Missae. For his analysis of Laetare Sunday we would like to rejoice, but there is so much lacking in the synthetic rite that on laments instead. It is a fact that the man-made rite of Vatican II is sorely lacking as Kevin explained why: the New Order has left it so ambiguous and avoids those things which are absolutely necessary not only for striving toward sanctity, but for salvation. The whole purpose of the Novus Ordo liturgy is to negate the negative theology that we are totally dependent on God and are unworthy unless blessed by Him and in His good graces by having sanctifying grace on our souls. Kevin broke it down in The Disciplines of Lent: Laetare Sunday
"Qui legit, intelligat"
In Father Louis Campbell's sermon for Passion Sunday, he reminded us all of the infallible truths handed down in Sacred Scripture as to the New Covenant which he likened to a marriage covenant between man and God. The Hebrews of the Old Covenant had the same covenant until they wandered for the final time and, by their own choosing, rejected God, despite constant warnings and curses to bring them back to their senses. Their blessings ran out. God divorced forever the Old Covenant and took to Himself the Bride of the New Covenant through His only-begotten Son to live, literally happily ever after. However, as Father pointed out, that is only possible if we are faithful to Him. If we stray, then, like the Jews, we too will be deserving of the seven-fold curses, the woes that befell the Hebrew people and are befalling His unfaithful children of the Bridegroom today. What is most pertinent and shameful is that the present bride, seeking to please man rather than her eternal Spouse, has gone behind the back of the Divine Groom and conspired with the exiled "divorcee" to tell the latter that an annulment is no longer necessary for the marriage to the Bridegroom is as good for the old bride as well as the new bride. This would be spiritual polygamy and there are dire consequences for such infidelity as Father illustrated through Scripture in his sermon
Blessings and Woes
Books you can count on!
Gary L. Morella provided a most positive review of an outstanding book by Atila Sinke Guimar„es just released by Tradition In Action. It is considered a special edition of his vaunted and eye-opening collection Eli, Eli, Lamma Sabacthani which already includes the landmark volumes The Murky Waters of Vatican II, Animus Delendi I, and Animus Delendi II. His latest, Vatican II, Homosexuality & Pedophilia is a book that needs to be in the hands of every bishop in the world, including the Pope, as well as in the hands of every religious editor and investigative journalist so they'll understand what the Church truly teaches and not buy the modernist/tolerant-speak and psycho-babble that has so insidiously undermined Holy Mother Church. Gary L. Morella presented a succinct, compact review that hopefully should pique the interest of all in desiring to read and better understand why the Church has gotten itself into such a sordid situation and why she has done so little to extricate herself. The facts and evidence may shock you, but satan is so clever and has masqueraded himself and his agenda so insidiously. Gary pointed out Atila's work helps "connect the dots as to why Rome is impotent to right the Barque of Peter by sadly coming to the realization that the pro-sodomite mentality in the Church goes right up to the highest levels of the Vatican." Atila's book is a must read in order to alert all to how deep the rot goes and why the scandal in America was really only the tip of the iceberg. We encourage you to order, read and share with others his book: Vatican II, Homosexuality & Pedophilia
Gabriel Garnica reminded us that we can learn a valuable spiritual lesson from the journey Mel Gibson has taken in his odyssey of being able to make 'The Passion of The Christ' one of the most seen movies of all time. Gabriel pointed out that had Mel played by man's rules, which is the norm in Hollywood - especially in following the 'sacred Hollywood rules' - his movie might have reached $100 million by now, but it would soon phase into oblivion. Because Mel did not trust in man, but God his movie not only has legs in surpassing $300 million at the box office but will become a classic for posterity. Gabriel listed five specific lessons we can learn and ties it all into the fact we are in the world, not never of it in his column Directing for the Divine Director.
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi
Kevin Tierney presented his fourth installment on the Disciplines of Lent in this series simply called "Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi." He took the reader through the Propers of the Traditional Latin Mass and compared it to what is offered in the Novus Ordo Missae. Needless to say the latter pales in comparison, but Kevin explained why the New Order has left it so ambiguous and avoids those things which are absolutely necessary not only for striving toward sanctity, but for salvation. The whole purpose of the Novus Ordo liturgy is to negate the negative theology that we are totally dependent on God and are unworthy unless blessed by Him and in His good graces by having sanctifying grace on our souls. Kevin broke it down in The Disciplines of Lent: The Third Sunday of Lent
Deprograming Diabolical Disorientation
Father Lawrence Smith provided a compact updated 'Syllabus of Errors' since the wisdom of Pius IX's Syllabus, the strongly worded encyclical to the American Bishops on Americanism by Leo XIII, and St. Pius X's Pascendi Dominici gregis have all been discarded in favor of the diabolical disorientation that seems to be the rule of the land today both in civil and ecclesiastical circles. The Constitution of our land and the Sacred Deposit of Faith have been ransacked to please those who do not please God.
Is there any wonder why our country and beloved Church are in such dire straights? Father showed the blaring contradictions in his pertinent and short, but succinct list which illustrate only too well the dichotomy of discord. Father asked who has the authority and audacity to do this and who really is in charge now? Questions that will hopefully prompt one to think seriously on the diabolical disorientation that so badly needs the Light of Truth. When Modernists Rule.
Quid dicit Scriptura?
Jacob Michael re-asserted the infrangible teaching of The Council of Trent on the connection between the Sacrifice of Calvary and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, infallibly set in stone by Pope St. Pius V for all time in the Traditional Latin Mass. Jacob reflected on Mel Gibson's masterpiece - his magnum opus - in confirming the totally Catholic truths the film adhers to dogmatically. Jacob showed how Mel's flashback scenes are not coincidental but in line with the very intrinsic link of Atononement and the Propitiatory Sacrifice begun at the Last Supper and consummated on Golgotha. He also showed through Scriptural prophecies the fulfillment of the Old Covenant in the establishment of the New Covenant through the Body and Blood of Christ and backed this up by pertinent truths from holy men of the Early Church in confirming that Mel's work is a true gift from Heaven. 'The Passion of The Christ' can only enhance one's love for the continual Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as Jacob pointed out in his column The Sacrifice!
Considering that the Supreme Court is currently sitting in judgment on whether "Under God" should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, Father Yves le Roux weighed in with a timely article of which everyone should strongly take notice. With all the fears of anti-Semitism raging out of control because of Mel's movie, a canard spawned by mostly the progressive Zionist front and not orthodox Jews, we can see it was all a sham on their part. There have been no pogroms. Yet the fact remains the Jews did reject Christ and still do today, but they are not alone, not by a long shot. Man has made his own mess and asked for the due punishments visited upon him. The sad fact and the fallout of so much of the destruction of the moral fabric of society today is the abandonment of Christ's Social Kingship. Father emphasized that all the modern vices combined do not add up to the greatest crime mankind has committed and that is "the crime of treason" setting man against God. Father pointed out that while Christ's Sacrifice represents His Divine Mercy, God is equally Just and will have due justice. He urged us all to be mindful of this and to use the rest of this Lent to prepare and be prepared for the Chastisements and Punishments inevitably growing stronger as man veers farther away from the Divine. Treason Against God!
Gabriel Garnica clarioned a beautiful melody of the example we can take from the feast of the Annunciation, the First Joyful Mystery and the first opportunity for the Blessed Virgin Mary to say 'yes' to God. From that point on it would always be 'yes' even though her Immaculate Sorrowful Heart was so pierced - seven times, and many times over by the children of God who have so offended her Divine Son by their rejection of His truths and true Church. Gabriel reminded us of another who said 'yes' and that was St. Francis of Assisi in rebuilding Christ's Church. Not an easy task, just as today our task is not easy, but no great opus was ever accomplished without much effort and persistence. Only by being in tune with the harmonious orchestra of Divine Will can we expect the Symphony of Sanctity to reach Heavenly ears and hearts as Gabriel explained in his column Let the Master Play The Divine Music!.
A Chronicle of Catholic Tradition
The twelfth chapter of our series on the history of Holy Mother the Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
continued to focus on the Third Century, as we turned our attention to the second fifty years and the eight popes who ruled, martyrs all as persecution became even more intense. While pagan Rome offered a few carrots to keep the Christians in line and recruit them to build up their own army to fend off the Barbarians at the gates, Christians continued to be the target of a society fast eroding in morals, very similar to what has happened in today's civilization, especially in America. Yet, despite the increased numbers of martyrs, indeed Christianity grew and the Popes continued to universalize the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with specific rubrics which would be part of the eternal unbloody sacrifice as we saw in the twelfth installment Fruits of the Blood
Kathleen Willet Redle began a multi-part thesis called "The Golden Calf Experiment" - an expansion of her "The Golden Calf Dancers" previously published in Canada. However the aberration of liturgical dancing is merely a component of the experiment and that the entire bent is towards taking away attention from the One True God - Three Persons in the Blessed Trinity - Who alone must be worshipped. Many false idols today pose a threat and Kathleen showed here another insidious agenda that further corroborates that very fact in her multi-part essay, illustrating the great battle for souls, reminiscent of St. John Bosco's and Pope Leo XIII's pertinent mystical visions in which satan is stirring the denizons of the deep in trying to totally capsize the Barque of Peter in these treacherous times. The mutineers have been prepared for their nefarious deeds in Part One Tossed To and Fro
Robert A. Sungenis cut across the swath of Protestant mentality in 'A Guide to the Passion', a supposedly 'Catholic' book positing 100 Questions and Answers on 'The Passion of The Christ' film. Robert exposed the fact that there are more questions than answers in this book as he enlightened the reader what the proper Catholic viewpoint should be. He critiqued Catholic Exchange's much-hyped book, which was quickly compiled and rushed out by a consortium of neo-Catholic authors, hoping to latch onto the mass publicity of Traditionalist Mel Gibson's 'The Passion of The Christ.' Thus they have been marketing their book as thee answer to any questions anyone might have. The problem, as Robert pointed out, is that often they do not have the correct nor complete answer because they have skewered the whole concept of Atonement and the Propitiatory Sacrifice. Such is the shallowness of the Novus Ordo mindset. Sungenis pointed to Trent and the early Fathers, Doctors, Saints, and Popes who have substantiated the true Catholic teaching on this most necessary point which is essential for truly understanding the why and the necessity of the degree of how much Our Lord suffered. Along with Gerry Matatics, Bob Sungenis is undoubtedly one of the leading Catholic Apologists in Traditional circles today; one who can go toe to toe with anyone in upholding the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church as he proved in his critique: A Guide to 'A Guide to the Passion'.
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
Mel's Movie #1 in five categories in only five weeks! |
Passion's' Passionate Returns Illustrate the Fever of the Fervor of Faith!
The fervor is picking up again. Just like a batter presses when going for his 1,000th hit, so also it's been a little tougher for 'The Passion' to reach that lofty $300 mil goal over the last week. Part of that stall could be in the problems we document below. Now that the $300 mil goal is achieved with a total of $318,970,000. through Wednesday, March 31st*, watch for it to continue rising with a spike in the numbers during Holy Week. We urge all to see it if you haven't seen it yet, and if you have: SEE IT AGAIN!
As Holy Week Approaches 'The Passion of The Christ' expects resurgence at the Box Office
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."
As we head into Holy Week, 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 Lent; 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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