Richard Regan of Arlington, who was handing out fliers outside the theater, said, “The most I can hope for is that people are more willing to respect what others believe is sacred.
More to the point, does anyone actually believe that Opie Griffith and Tom Hanks would collaborate in a made up sexual escapades movie about Allah?
“It’s all fiction, but it’s blasphemy. And if it were anti-Muslim or anti-Jewish no one else would tolerate it either,” said Larry Cirignano, executive director of Catholic Citizenship.
So, you'll have to pardon all of Christendom.
I moseyed on over around lunchtime to make reparation, pray, say the Rosary in front of Loews in Boston. There was about a dozen people outside but less than that going into the theatre. While we were standing there, a homeless man who was drunk strolled over with his cigarette and asked what we were doing. Cirignano told them what we were doing and the man responded by saying the movie "just goes to show us all how far Satan is going. "It's Satan" he kept repeating with an astounded look on his face while everyone but the media nodded their heads in agreement.
It's quite a phenomenon to watch, people who pickle themselves in booze have a better handle on the assault upon Divinity than the media. I mean... let's face it, these are the same people who for weeks couldn't get over Antonio Scalia giving them the finger with an Italian swearword.
This came in from another friend in Christ:
Hi Carol - there were only 5 of us we stayed for 2 1/2 hrs in that time maybe 20 people went into the theatre. No news showed - we got a lot of honking of horns & thumbs up from lots of people in cars. A UPS truck pulled over & yelled God Bless You ALL! Only 1 car of kids went by swearing & giving us the devils sign. We said the Rosary & at 3 the Divine Mercy Chaplet - It was a nice day - sun was shining the whole time we were out.
It sure was.
Later on, on the way home I'm standing on the train and a man came in with a huge hardcover copy of "the Davinci Code". I was on the Orange line, from Back Bay. For those of you out of towners, it's a line that goes across the city picking up a wide diversity of color, creeds and nationalities. The Back Bay is a homosexual and lesbian community..we go through Roxbury which is Hispanic, Black, the working poor, Chinatown, etc. Anyhoo... I prayed for the man for a bit...and thought about how I could make reparation in Christ's presence. The train was sqealing loudly...so, I closed my eyes...and started to sing one of my favorites, very softly....
"Alleluia! Alleluia!. For our Lord God Almighty Reigns! Alleluia! Alleluia! Holy, Holy! Are you Lord God Almighty? Worthy is the Lamb! Worthy is the Lamb, for you are Holy, Holy...
The train slowed down to make a stop at a station and the train noises went down to nil. I contemplated whether to stop singing or not for a millisecond...and decided not to. My voice, though soft, was clear enough for the people in the immediate vacinity to hear exactly what I was singing. People were bustling on and off the train, the train took off, got loud again.. I kept softly singing. I opened my eyes to look at the man sitting with his blasphemy on his lap reading..he never looked up. But...the people around me had an incredible look of joy on their faces, smiling, nodding. There's a lot to be said for making reparation to our Lord or standing in the public square to remind humanity that the three year ministry of our Lord was a holy and perfect sacrificial offering, and his execution forthwith offers us salvation through the Sacramental forgiveness of sins.
Not everyone can do it, but for those of us who can, the anti-Christian insurgency will be labeled for what it is.