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Saturday, March 20, 2004
The Old Oligarch is impressed by two things about The Passion that also impressed me: the beautiful rendition of the Fourth Station of Cross ("My son --" "Mother, behold, I make all things new!"); and the strange quiet that descends on one for at least the rest of the day after seeing the movie, as finally, after years of trying, one sees the events of everyday life with the detachment and the supernatural, Christ-centered perspective that one has been trying to attain for years.

It's not a substitute for a retreat -- y'all should go on a good retreat too (write me if you need a connection here) -- but it has some of the same effects.