Sunday, October 12, 2008
We had a good turn out tonight for the first meeting of our Young Adults Group this term. We had drinks together after the evening Mass and then watched the film Bella, which I've posted on before. I was glad to have this film as part of the Culture of Life, partocularly since some of my parishioners have been telling me about the new "Brideshead" film.
If you haven't read Brideshead Revisited you really must. It is the story of grace and salvation in spite of human waywardness and it is a magnificent novel. When it was turned into a series in the early 1980's I was an undergraduate in Oxford, where a large part was filmed. I remember how the streets of Oxford would be devoid of students on a Wednesday night when it was on television. The response of the secular media at the time was fascinating. A reviewer in the Telegraph described Lord Marchmain's deathbed confession as "sickening" (presumably he preferred him to go to hell!).
Sadly the new film is the story as it would be re-told by such reviewers. It has become a shabby anti-Catholic rant. What a pity! But what do we expect if we don't encourage young Catholics to get into the mainstream and create a culture of life? Thank God for Bella and the work of Metanoia Productions!