Palliative Distractions, more Mark 6, and Father Maciel

Hoyas now a miserable 4-7 in the Big East
Hoyas now a miserable 4-7 in the Big East

Quick! Anything–anything–to distract us from the pain of Total Hoya Meltdown!


Sorry about the low resolution on this one. This is the funniest short Sanford and Son clip I could find. There are tons more on YouTube.

The Lord of the Rings is the greatest thing ever. By this I mean the books. The movies, by virtue of being directly connected with the books, are also wonderful.

Here’s a little clip from the best scene of the trilogy:

Karl Urban as Eomer glares truculently better than anyone ever has.

The Lord of the Rings is about Christ. Tolkien said that he did not intend to write a Christian allegory, but to evoke the Christian point-of-view.

There are no explicit references to Christ. It is clear, however, that the story is about Christ, because the Ring is destroyed on March 25.

J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien
March 25 is the day when the world was created by God. It is the day when Christ was conceived. It is the day He was crucified.

In the lands of Christendom, March 25 was kept as New Years Day. The first Holy Mass in our part of the world was celebrated on March 25, 1634, by Fr. Andrew White on St. Clements Island in the Potomac River.

Anyway…The scene below was not in the theatre version of “The Return of the King,” nor is it in the extended DVD version.

It takes place when Aragorn has led the armies of Rohan and Gondor to the Black Gate of Mordor. Aragorn is trying to distract Sauron from Frodo and Sam, who are making their stealthy way towards Mount Doom (at least the good guys hope they are).

If you are not a diehard fan, this scene will not make sense to you. You will probably find it gratutiously violent. There are also some seriously bad teeth involved.

In the book, the Mouth of Sauron emerges from the Black Gate to propose terms of submission to the Gondorians and Rohirrim. He does not claim that Frodo is dead, but captured. Most notably, there are no swords drawn. The Mouth goes back into Mordor, having been defied by Gandalf.

Which brings up a point for discussion among devotees of both the books and the movies: Are the movies more violent than the books?

My answer would be yes. One significant example is the way in which Gandalf releases Théoden from Saruman’s spell. In the book, it is done without the exchange of any blows. In the movie, it is basically a fight scene.

christ-boy…In today’s reading at Holy Mass from the first chapter of St. Mark’s gospel, St. Peter pleaded with Christ to come back to town to continue healing the sick. But the Lord insisted that they go to other towns, so that He could preach.

This recalls something we read from the sixth chapter of Mark yesterday: the Lord’s heart was moved with pity for the ignorant, so He taught them.

Jesus healed many sick and lame people, drove out many demons, fed many hungry people. But what stoked His zeal most was enlightening ignorance. Above all, He came to teach.

We must learn from Him in order to teach His sublime doctrine of God. A good place to start is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or the Compendium thereof, which is shorter. Or the Baltimore Catechism.

The Lord also learned. He is God, infinitely wise and knowledgeable from all eternity. But He submitted Himself to our human condition in such a way that He learned from His mother and foster father the things that all children learn without even realizing that they are learning them.

Then of course, Christ became our Lady’s teacher, and she became the Queen of all His disciples.

maciel…Also, I would like to say that I still love Fr. Marcial Maciel. I never thought he was Mr. Perfect in the first place. He did things he should not have done. On the other hand, he was a brilliant man, full of zeal for Christ. His writings have meant a lot to me. His booklet on time and eternity is one of the most powerful things I have ever read.

Yesterday afternoon, I pulled his book-length interview with Jesús Colina from 2003 off my shelf. I loved reading it more than ever.

I simply refuse to judge the man.

I probably would not be a priest if it were not for him. Most of the priests who taught me how to be a priest are members of the order he founded. I am a proud member of Regnum Christi–albeit not a very good one.

I can’t imagine that I am the only disciple of Fr. Maciel’s who finds myself loving him more now than I did before.

May Fr. Maciel rest in peace. May the Holy Spirit encourage all the Legionaries and all members of Regnum Christi. May the good Lord have mercy on us all.

4 thoughts on “Palliative Distractions, more Mark 6, and Father Maciel

  1. I am an RC member and in the medical profession. As I am reading statements, blogs, judgments etc on this topic, I am very surprised by the lack of questioning of Fr. Maciel’s culpability based on his diagnoses of at least two neurological insults: a car wreck and a brain tumor. If my memory serves me, Fr. Maciel had a metal plate in his head. Perhaps I am misinformed as to his medical conditions. One only has to google sexual inhibition and brain tumors to see the frequent correlation between the two. I certainly do not know enough about Fr. Maciel’s particular case but I believe the correlation deserves some reservation in judgment as to his culpability. Thank you for your charitable comments regarding his man.

  2. Father, your comments on Father Maciel are true charity. Thank you.

    Some of the statements being made by bloggers have completely distorted what the Legion has said and I believe are meant to destroy the good works that the Holy Spirit has brought forth. They are born of envy and jeolousy. Watching the reaction of Christians to this story is a huge lesson on human nature and how Satan works.

    And there but for the grace of God go I.

    Thank you and may we pray for all priests for the grace of perserverance. They are attacked, as Alice von Hildebrand said once, by many devils.

  3. Father,

    I am not sure if Preacher & Big Daddy is open to suggestions for topics from its loyal readers, but I figured that it would not hurt to suggest something. Would it be possible to have some postings devoted to Tolkien and Catholicism a la your Shakespeare postings? In college I studied with a Tolkien expert who could never bring herself to see the Catholic view in his writings. I’m sure your insights would be most welcomed to Tolkien fans out here in the blogosphere.

  4. The Lord of the Rings…Wow, I’m really out of it. Never read the books or watched the movies…well maybe half of one. The only thing I can comment on is that I like Orlando Bloom better as a Brunette!

    Maybe this would be some good summer beach reading.

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