Tuesday, August 16, 2005

A Man Who Became Pope

If you didn't catch the Hallmark Channel movie Karol A Man Who Became Pope last night, don't despair, it will be on the air again on Sunday the 21st at 9 a.m. and well worth taping or setting your DVR if you have that capability.

I don't know what I expected last night. I know that I was cautiously optimistic going into this biopic of the young Karol Wojtyla. I was so mesmerized that I made my devoted husband stay at my mothers much longer than we had expected to so that we could watch as much as we could. The acting is superb, and the writing is very insightful. It is easy to see how from the experiences he had during the war and the Communist occupation, how he came to his philosophical and theological understanding. There was even a scene which showed the beginnings of his theology of the body discussions with his beloved young people.

All I can say is, Wow, see this movie if you get the chance it is worth the time. One scene especially for me caught the tension of the time, when Karol is speaking to his friend Thomas who has become a priest and has just heard the confession of a German soldier who is visibly distressed. When Karol confronts Thomas for consorting with the enemy, Thomas tells him that it is for these men even more that he is here, for they need him more. What a witness to the power of the priesthood and repentance and trying to do what is right in ones life when thrust into an insane world.

Again, see this movie if you can. It will not disappoint you.



Suzanne said...

Did you tape this? I will be at Mass at 10 am on that morning...guess I better figure out how to tape! (giggle) I don't know if we ever have! This sounds very good. Thanks.

angelmeg said...

I am thinking the parish will have to purchase a dvd of this. I would imagine St Charles will do the same for thier video library.

We will be taping it, especially since we will be going to noon mass on the 21st.