PERE JACQUES – The Christ-like French Priest (Part 1)

I had just finished an early afternoon Saturday dinner and sat down to read while listening to some Wang Chung music from the movie sound track “To Live and Die in LA,” a place I had lived for some time moving there alone to be with the movie industry but was the place I had a huge epiphany that told me get out of here which I wrote a blog about!
This is the selection I’m hearing as I read your article:
https://youtu.be/0lLQ3bNz0mI?list=PLqnnuEVGcRQz8lPQUcB4P9WLW16CIySh3

As this selection of the music just began I saw this new blog article of yours in my mail cue and it was the first I had to click! I don’t want to paraphrase so much here but would rather just first quote the very first portion of this marvelous and outstanding article of truth and awe; as it struck me in my heart like a freight train with passion and emotion; it made me cry.

“We have characters presented to us as ‘heroes’ by our unfortunate popular culture – one-dimensional personalities, possessed of superficial bravery or worldly qualities that are socially esteemed, who grab our attention momentarily but whose stories fail to provide a standard of any depth or lasting value. And yet, right in front of us, we have real people in our Catholic history who provide to us an example by which we have profound and lasting guidance on how to live a rich and fulfilled life – how to strive to attain the best of ourselves. Pere Jacques is one such person, a man whose inspirational character and Christ-like love for his fellow man grew in adversity, in the horrors and evil of World War II, with all its attendant cruelty and human failures, a man possessed of incredible bravery – a courage that was founded, not on worldly qualities, but on an abandonment of self and a focus on the eternal, the presence of God in all circumstances, not ‘even’, but especially, in the most cruel and inhuman landscape of the Nazi concentration camps.”

This is a piece of literature to me that digs deep into the inner mind and soul because of the gripping truth is other worldly and spiritual for some reason aside from the subject matter of WWII and the horrors that occurred during that war and how much suffering along with to me what any human with a heart and soul should find incomprehensible death, that actually happened, because of human weakness and evil that has a grip on this world and many people in it; which is always looking to manipulate and orchestrate conflict and hatred as from he start with Cain and Abel, to bring agony to human beings. I was involved with the Movie Industry over the years in a few capacities so I still maintain some interest, mostly in studying older classic films and some of the better ones made over the last 40 years, especially cognizant of the musical scores; so I have a wide array and collection of that kind of music but interesting to me was how that music from “To Live and Die in LA” was playing as I read this article crying still. But then another movie opening score starting playing which was about a “transformational journey” for a man who was so mean, filled with rage, while quite material in his lifestyle or mindset, as you mention here of how some people live for power and recognition or material wealth. This man ends up killing his brother in a rage but then later in the story after realizing what he is sees God’s light and he goes through a physical journey that is both dangerous and necessary; for him to face his inner demons in order to go on and become what will be pleasing to God and not just living for himself, to make an offering of himself to God in order to express his great sorrow and admit his wrong not even just for forgiveness but as much to repay God in a sense; to reflect appreciation for God having given him this second chance to do right in God’s eyes with the miracle of life that was provided to him out of pure love; as God always did and still does. The movie is, “The Mission;” a movie and story about epiphany and I’m crying again.
This fits so well how this unfolded to this music and theme in this moment in time; God’s will be done. The composer is one I love a top of my favorites, Ennio Morricone who has produced some great musical scores for some very memorable films! I’m including this piece of music here that was playing as I finished reading and wrote this! Thank you and God bless you.
Amazon lists it this way:”This is my favorite Wang Chung song as well as the best thing about the movie. It has an amazing mix of hope and despair, tension and release, running throughout it. Whether to satisfy 80s nostalgia or to provide a driving beat to accompany one’s own internal struggles, this is a good song to put in the queue.”

The Mission composer Morricone was mentioned this way by:
Francesca M; Gabriel Coronado says; on YouTube: “In Italy we are used to have a free concert on May 1, usually in Rome is the biggest. Some years ago, maestro morricone was the ending act of that concert. He conducted the orchestra. My friends decided to leave, they were not interested. I stayed. Don’t know how to express how I felt. Alone in the crowd with the music that really stroked me. It was absolutely breathtaking. At least, I can say I have once enjoyed his timeless art. Have a good journey maestro, we all will miss you so badly.”
Gabriel Coronado says;This is probably the most beautiful movie theme ever written (and the idiots of the so call Academy did not gave him the Oscar. Unbelievable). Rest in peace, GENIUS!😢
Giorgio Fedeli says;Thank you, Morricone.I’m a nurse, i’m workin 12 hours every day against this Corona virus. And Morricone’s music help me to feel better after a very hard day in hospital.
Jan Windels says; No war, no sickness, no evil can destroy this… This music is food for the soul! Thanks Maestro.
Killer Queen says;This is how heaven might sound like
https://youtu.be/oag1Dfa1e_E

God does work in mysterious ways and we must never lose hope that He is present in our daily lives loving us so tenderly wanting for us to do our best to hold on to this hope so we can be with Him for eternity in Paradise!
God bless you. Amen
Lawrence Morra III

Catholicism Pure & Simple

Continuing with our posts on the lives of exceptionally courageous and holy priests [see HERE, HERE and HERE] who have yet to be raised to the official calendar of Saints of the Catholic Church, today we have the poignant story from ‘Venite Prandete’ of Father Jacques who was martyred by the Nazis. The last part of his life was portrayed in the award-winning 1987 film, “AUX REVOIR LES ENFANTS”.

Image from the film by Louis Malle, “Aux Revoir les Enfants.”

We have characters presented to us as ‘heroes’ by our unfortunate popular culture – one-dimensional personalities, possessed of superficial bravery or worldly qualities that are socially esteemed, who grab our attention momentarily but whose stories fail to provide a standard of any depth or lasting value. And yet, right in front of us, we have real people in our Catholic history who provide to us an…

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Author: Lawrence Morra

Have worked in creative and news visual media as a photographer or cameraman and this POV has given me a better insight or view of the world. The Cameraman's POV. His Perspective on many things. All content on this site is copyrighted© by Lawrence Morra/Zero Lift-Off. All rights reserved. Email: lmor3@aol.com

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