SILENCE ...

Just as I was complaining to God almost on a lot of things especially trials that He allowed on me, and why sometimes He seems to ignore me on my prayers..I watched the Martin Scorsese's movie Silence the other day, an adaptation of a 1966 novel of Shusako Endo about Jesuit priests suffering for their faith in 17th century Japan, where Christianity is outlawed.two priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) leave Portugal for Japan to find a third priest (Liam Neeson) who has gone missing while working as a missionary. The third priest is believed to have committed apostasy by stepping on an image of Jesus Christ after being tormented by the Japanese. Eventually, one of these wandering priests—Garfield's character, Father Sebastião Rodrigues—gets captured and goes through a similar experience, surviving torture and witnessing the torture of others while pondering unanswerable questions: How much suffering can a man take before breaking and renouncing their faith.. what struck me the most is the Japanese Catholics who were force to step on the icon of the Virgin Mary and spat on the crucifix by the cruel Japanese authorities and renounce their Catholic faith,reminiscent the early catacomb Christians of the first 3 centuries..a lot of these Japanese Catholic faithfuls endured horrible tortures and chose to die for their faith..( Christianity was introduced to Japan by Roman Catholic Jesuit missionaries who arrived in Kagoshima in 1549, led by Sain Francis Xavier. By 1579, six regional war lords and approximately 100,000 of their subjects had converted to Christianity. Towards the end of the sixteenth century, Franciscan missionaries arrived in Kyoto. The number of Christians had reached about 300,000 when the Tokugawa shogunate prohibited Christianity and expelled all foreigners in 1638. Many renounced their faith and others went underground.)
Honestly speaking? this Scorcese movie moved me to tears, i was shocked,it embarrassed me on how i think of myself as a good Catholic , in other words it humbled the last of my remaining pride down to the core, i was silence ..I recommend this impressive movie to all Catholics, from priest to the pious faithful devote Catholics, the cafeteria, the fallen away Catholics, the protestants and even the atheist.etc at the confessional box with Fr. Carpintero a spanish dominican priest my confessor we discussed the movie, he was excited to see this and he told me he read the book twice, since it was premiered at the Vatican December last year with no less than Pope Francis a Jesuit as the guest of honor , it added more to his curiosity,and excitement ,I gave the video to the Domican Fathers here in our church the following day...

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