GABRIEL'S CLARION (feb2gab.htm)

February 8, 2004
vol 15, no. 39

A Tale of Two Movies

As darkness covered the land, a beacon of truth grew stronger - reaching hearts, souls and minds - not in the churches, but in movie theaters. But the enemy sought to extinguish that light by creating a more suffocating luminescence on film to dull the brightness of this light called grace.

    "This tale of two movies is so ironic as to be part comical and part tragic. How a masterpiece based on truth, love, sacrifice, and salvation could be spit upon while trash based upon trash, lies, deception, sin, and sacrilege could be hailed epitomizes the depth to which this society has fallen."

    Once upon a time there were two movie ideas based upon books. The first movie was based upon a very ancient yet important book and a less known book based on a mystic's visions. The second movie, however, would be based upon a very new and not so important book, which was nevertheless very popular.

From Ideas to Books to Movies

    Now it happened that the first movie was created by a famous artist who used his source books with great precision and profound depth, creating a masterpiece of cinematic work highly praised by objective observers and highly transcendental to all observers. This movie would become the greatest movie of its kind ever created, and would literally part the Red Sea of modernist, secularist, anti-Christian, and especially anti-Catholic prejudice and hatred. Its sheer transcendence moved the devil to conjure his minions against it by word and letter, yet the harder he tried, the greater the movie became in its impact and destiny.

    The depth and majesty of this movie was matched by the depth and evil of the attacks against it. Such attacks carried by their very nature and hypocrisy the demonic stamp of hell, so ferocious and incessant were their content.

    One would think this movie was the epitome of harm and the catalyst of seismic societal earthquakes given the scope of the attacks and protests against it. Yet, despite these hellish storms, the movie spread across the land leaving an indelible mark upon the hearts of those honest enough to absorb it.

    The creator of the movie had to push his masterpiece using his own influence and money, for he could find few if any who dared to be associated with the venture. In the end, this movie will leave a rainbow on the storm that is this society hell bent on reaching down to the hell which it so forcefully denies.

    As it happens the second movie came about due to the unexpected popularity of the popular, recent book. This book spread like a cancer across a land so ignorant and starved of spiritual essence that any trash well packaged could so spread, and did.

    The creator of that newer book was an arrogant, ignorant, salesman so full of his own perceived self-importance that he fancied himself a modern historian and spiritual communicator. This man was truly a used car salesman selling an old model on a society so ignorant and so starved of spiritual depth that anything, which seemed sensational, would catch its attention. Aided by the wings of a liberal and biased media, this book soared to unexpected heights, and hence gave rise to the movie it spawned.

    Unlike the case with the masterpiece described above in the first example, scores of interested parties rushed to turn this literary trash into cinematic trash as quickly as possible. They hired a famous director and producer to turn this vile array of lies into a vile vision of deception. The release of this second movie is still off in the future, but in a not too distant future at that.

The Sordid Irony

    This tale of two movies is so ironic as to be part comical and part tragic. How a masterpiece based on truth, love, sacrifice, and salvation could be spit upon while trash based upon trash, lies, deception, sin, and sacrilege could be hailed epitomizes the depth to which this society has fallen.

    The first movie brings us the Madonna suffering for her Child in redemption for our sins while the second brings us the Mona Lisa smiling for conjured deceptions and secrets.

    The first movie brings us a story of truth and sacrifice while the second concocts a tale of deception, fraud, and secrecy.

    The first movie shows us how we were given the chance for salvation and the second movie reminds us of how close we are to damnation.

    The first movie takes us from blood and sweat and pain to ultimate joy and paradise. The second movie will take us from the stench of sacrilege to the depths of hell.

The Best of Times; The Worst of Times

    Yes, like the Dickens novel about the French Revolution, this tale of two movies shows us the sordid irony of human existence in this society so full of ironies. This tale also deals with revolution, but one of spirit more than country.

    This tale also deals with war, but one between Heaven and hell more than one between opposing armies.

    This tale also deals with the insanity that is humanity, but on a much wider scale. The first movie gave us reason to hope for the best of times. The second movie will give us the reason to cry about the worst of times.

    The first movie was about Passion. The second movie will be about a DaVinci Code. Let they who seek to calculate the distance between Heaven and hell use these two movies as their measure!

The Generals of the Revolution

    This tale continues for it is reported that Columbia and Sony Tri-Star have already begun the process of turning the vile trash The DaVinci Code into a movie by the same name. They have hired Ron Howard as director with his same team of producers, which produced A Beautiful Mind into an Oscar winner.

    There is nothing beautiful about that endeavor for minds have been polluted into believing that fleeting fame is worth selling one's soul. Compare this rush to trash as compared with the rush away from 'The Passion of The Christ' and tell us that Hollywood is not an agent of hell!

    I can't help but feel that if they would see 'The Passion of The Christ' before they rush pell mell into cracking the DaVinci Code they would see the solution is before them and has been all this time - for Christ holds the key which Mel Gibson has so masterfully presented to every heart.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if hearts were thawed and warmed to the fact that unless they are baptized and believe, they will be condemned. Not a nice thought but Our Lord made that most evident in Mark 16: 16. A nicer thought is that all would be converted to the True Faith through the Truths of the Gospel conveyed so visually and vividly through Mel's movie; that their souls would turn from the darkness to the Light and truly, for the first time, see "the Truth, the Way, and the Life." Then, what a wonderful ending we could look forward to: All believers living happily ever after!

Gabriel Garnica

    Editor's Note: We are pleased to announce Gabriel Garnica will be contributing many articles in 2004. Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, will submit regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes will be music to tradtional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.

    Gabriel's Clarion
    February 8, 2004
    Volume 15, no. 39