Thursday, August 9, 2012

At the Movies

Lectio Divina

No longer will they have need to teach their friends and relatives
how to know the LORD.
All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the LORD.

Jeremiah 31:34


Continuing Day, On Pilgrimage, and McKenna, Mary.


This morning and afternoon: an excursion to Santa Maria to see The Dark Knight Rises with one of the formators and three of the novice brothers. The movie is very violent, which is not necessarily to its discredit, but it sanitizes the violence, which is to its discredit. The movie has many layers, narratively and thematically. It is awash in symbolism. Should films like these survive for the ages, many centuries from now our cultural anthropologists will marvel at how seriously our society took the archetype of the superhero. They will study how we constructed and deconstructed mythical persons like Batman and Superman to understand ourselves and our world. And they will do well to examine the constant re-invention of these characters in every generation.


Mostly clear, and very warm.

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