19 March 2010

Movie Review: Saint of 9/11

If the Roman Catholic Church is to continue,
this man will be the first patron saint of gays.

It has taken me several years to watch this film. I was deeply suspicious of the uses of 9/11 for the myriad of causes. However, its time came in the queue and I watched it. I am very curious about the future of the Roman church, and I find the elevation of Ratzinger to be a potential moment for a snap into its opposite. But I wonder if the Roman church would survive such an enantiodromia.

And then, the story of this devout and charismatic Franciscan, who in many ways exemplified the call of St. Francis to bring the word of God directly to the people, appears on DVD to me. It is a hagiography of sorts for the well loved Father Mychal Judge. He ministered to the poor, to AIDS victims, to immigrants, to firefighters, to police and to gays. The beginning of the movie is a little slow -- but I somehow feel like the audience is directed towards the non-believers about the holiness of this man.

U.S. President Bill Clinton said "All of us who were privileged to know him, feel a special loss but we should lift his life up today as an example what has to prevail in this conflict. We cannot let the 21st century world degenerate into killing over religious and racial and political differences. We have more of us have to be like Father Mike than the people that killed him."

If you are Catholic or follow religious involvement in social movements, I recommend watching this hagiographic documentary told by the people who knew him and narrated by Sir Ian McKellen.

"God never let Mychal Judge think he was special. He left him with all the struggle problems, depressions, doubts and fears and so Mychal never knew he was a saint. Mychal thought he was one of the worst sinners."

"He wouldn't want people to burn candles in front of his statue. He'd want them to hold that light within themselves."