ROME, Italy - On October 19, 2011 P. Julius successfully completed his four year course in Social Communication with a defence of his thesis on “The Silence of God in the film Winter Light by Ingmar Berman”. In this thesis he has studied the life and the filmography of the director, Bergman; the tree of narration of the story, the graphic transcription and the screenplay; the main characters, their faith life and the silence of God for Ingmar Bergman.
Winter Light is a Swedish film about a Lutheran pastor and his Sunday ministry. The pastor is not fully involved in his Sunday service because of the preoccupation with his beloved dead wife. The number of the church-goers decreases and those handful of parishioners who participate in the mass disperse with their problems unresolved. At first, the pastor finds meaningless to replace his wife with a school teacher residing in his parish, then he goes ahead in his faith-journey in spite of the fatigue, celebrating many masses. For Ingmar Bergman, the silence of God is the fatigue that one experiences in his life. In this film he has clubbed the autobiographical scenes, for example, his father himself was a pastor but in the film stars Gunnar Bjornstrand.
Family Unit Meeting VII
I. Introduction: Repentance a free gift from God
“How many of us here can claim having had the kind of breakthrough experience people like St Paul or King David or Zacchaeus had undergone? I mean a sudden, life-changing overthrow of the self, instantly followed by a profound upheaval within, resulting in self-renewal or permanent transformation.” This was how the unorthodox Fr Zachariah the Parish Priest introduced the subject at the FU meeting. He reassured the group: “As decided at our last meeting, we are going to discuss the Zacchaeus story here; and I am sure you have come prepared. But if we begin with consideration of a few cases of apparently sudden conversions, we could appreciate the Zacchaeus story better.” Continue reading
K X M John
05 May 2010
At the outset, Father Zachariah said the sad episode of Ananias and Saphira as narrated in Acts 5: 1-11 has been proposed for this present debate. “I trust you have all come prepared for a stimulating discussion. But, before we proceed, let me tell you this is a much misunderstood episode, debated over the centuries by Biblical scholars without arriving at any conclusion. That need not surprise us because matters connected with God are always shrouded in mystery and human minds may not be able to grasp their full significance. But, before we proceed further, may I suggest one of you read out passage 4: 32-37 by way of preface, to be followed by 5: 1-11.”
Secretary Leelamma volunteered. She read from the New American Bible:
4: 32-37. The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power, the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. Continue reading