Monday, October 6, 2014


"I wanted to be a priest. However I soon realized that my real vocation, my real calling, was the movies. I don’t really see a conflict between the church and the movies, the sacred and the profane. Obviously, there are major differences, but I can also see great similarities between a church and a movie house."

-Martin Scorcese

That's the opening quote from an essay by Vince Passaro called "Scorcese on the Cross: America's Last Best Tragedian,"

It was published in the August, 2011 issue of Harper's and was chosen  for the annual Best Spiritual Writing series edited by Phil Zaleski.

Passaro writes: "[F]or any mid-twentieth-century child with a dramatic sensibility and a seriously Catholic upbringing, no narrative can ever surpass the Passion, nor can any scene approach the Crucifixion for its depiction of agony and transcendence. The details of Jesus's final moments are especially haunting, none more so than the cry of abandonment recorded in Matthew and Mark....We were taught that the power of the divine, an unimaginable breadth of knowledge and potency, could reside in human suffering."

I'll be a panelist on “Faith in Our Contemporary Culture,” a two-hour symposium sponsored by St. John’s Seminary of Camarillo, California, that will take place Thursday, October 16, 7 p.m., at the American Film Institute Theater right here in Hollywood.

"Carrying forward the bridging message of Pope Francis," reads the blurb, "this will be the first in a series of 'conversations' designed to engage people of all faiths throughout the archdiocese in discussions of the entertainment-based cultural issues of our time." So there!

Other panelists will include the  comic/writer/podcaster Tom WilsonJoe Ferullo, Senior Vice President, Programming CBS Television Network; and Father Jim Clarke, Director of Spiritual Formation at St. John’s.

Joe Garner will moderate.

communing with a silk floss tree

Be there or be square. And read that Passaro essay!


  1. Exciting, Heather! Wish I were in CA to hear your comments. Am sending this to my son who is a movie buff. Much appreciated. Hope you enjoy the snacks and ride! Prayers for God's plans to succeed.

  2. I'm so happy for you! You will be God's voice for love. And they better have least good bottled water.

    1. They're taking us all out to eat first, so I'm nabbing a whole meal. I'm hoping for maybe a candy bowl ,too, at the theater. Thanks, Karin!


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