Why meditate on the Passion of the Christ? Because the priest told me to? To fake a goody-goody image? To deliver a beautiful sermon? To suffer for no reason? Nothing like that. Meditate on it because it is the center, the axis around which everything revolves, the only event, since the Creation of the World, which has passed without ever passing; that is happening forever and ever whether you think about it or not.

 Why does bodily suffering, in “The Passion of the Christ”, work?  Have you noticed how discreet, subtle, restrained Jim Caviezel’s expressions of pain are?  The emphasis, there, is not on the pain as such, but on the contrast between brutal humiliation and the divine nobility of the Body of Christ.  It is a dramatic effect, not a physiological exhibitionism.

Olavo de Carvalho
Translated by Daniel Bertorelli

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