Amazing video clip from a movie!

As people (read: bishops, chanceries) freak out over coronavirus, I offer this, which I picked up from a Tweet.  I don’t know what the movie is.  Anyone?

He’s sweating.  Maybe he has The VIRUS!

Meanwhile, lighter fare for those of you who know Italian and it’s variants…

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  1. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Good stuff. From a distance he looks unflinching. In the close-up you can tell that the priest is scared, but he keeps doing his duty. Sometimes that is what it is like.

    Pray for those of us in public-facing jobs. Times are scary, but we keep a cheery face on it.

    Yesterday I saw some of our county coroners going to a meeting, probably on coronavirus protocols for any bodies that might be about. But they had a brave discreet face going, and so can the rest of us.

    Act fast or be decisive if you need to, but do not show panic. We all count on each other.

  2. martin.c says:

    I believe the movie is “El Frente Infinito” by Pedro Lazaga. It’s about a recently ordained priest (the one you see in this clip) which is named as a military chaplain during the Spanish Civil War. I haven’t seen it but I’ve heard it is a good watch.

  3. Gaetano says:

    That Camorra spoof is sheer genius.

  4. Andreas says:

    You are correct, Martin.C; nicely done indeed! Abit more from “El Frente Infinito” can be viewed at:

  5. jwcraig11 says:

    God bless his server for staying with him.

  6. KateD says:

    My best guess: it’s just showing a regular priest celebrating the EF at a NO parish….

  7. ArthurH says:

    I set out the following note to all those on the distr list for what I call my email-blog, a blog that simply goes to people in BCC mode. The title of the note I sent out was this: A Big Part of Why I Came Home (Note: A cradle Catholic I was outside the Church for decades before returning in stages, 25 years ago.

    This is not an attempt at proselytizing anyone!— just a simple reminder to myself and to my fellow Catholics on the list—and anyone else who might be curious— re the “why” in the subject line.

    What I have here is a link to some clips from a movie in Spanish with no subtitles (I don’t understand Spanish spoken quickly, and only simple things spoken slowly: for me this is “pantomime”). It is the best “silent”—or perhaps even spoken— depiction I have ever seen of just how seriously devout Catholics priests and laity (here: the “altar boy” with the priest) take what happens at our Mass during the Consecration.

    We really do believe—if also cannot fully fathom— that when a priest says and does certain actions at that time, he is acting in Persona Christi (in the Person of Christ) to change the substance (what a thing is) of mere bread and wine into the Substance of the Body, and Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ…. while the attributes (the appearances) of bread and wine— including also how they behave physically (i.e., as bread and wine would) remain unchanged. A mystery indeed– a change that could not be accomplished if not through Christ!! And the action of the priest at that time cannot be interrupted, regardless of circumstances… or it is not a completed Consecration. With that general background in mind I offer a brief movie clip.

    I saw a very brief version of this clip at Fr. Zuhlsdorf’s site— second link below; one person, commenting on Fr Z’s words, provided a link to a slightly longer film clip into which that shorter piece fit. The longer version— the first link, still only a few minutes— you should see first, and let it just be absorbed. Watch it more than once, even.

    Halfway through it, we see a good, very human— and also very frightened— priest, a military chaplain, offering Mass for some troops. He is depicted just at the Consecration of the Mass… and he clearly understands his proper priorities, despite how he feels. Yes!! Amen.

    That is taking one’s faith as seriously as is possible for mere mortals, the stuff of sainted martyrs… and the enormity of the mystery is part of the beauty that led me back home to the faith of my youth: That such an enormity—consecrating and receiving!— is possible for us very fallen humans, a reality beyond logical understanding, overshadowing any fear of death

  8. rhig090v says:

    And to think that many Novus Ordo Masses today would be cancelled for a lack of a lector or EMHC

  9. NBW says:

    Pray for all priests! May God Bless them and give them the courage and wisdom to do God’s will.

  10. Benedict Joseph says:

    A perfect depiction of what was jettisoned by those steeped in the sixties zeitgeist. Not the ancient Latin Mass alone, but the piety — the heartfelt conviction and devotion — which flowed from it and which it elicited from the laity.
    Abandoned for exactly what?

  11. Bob B. says:

    The priests we had in Vietnam were quite remarkable too.

  12. ArthurH says:

    And, from another war: May I recommend one read the book “The Miracle of Fr. Emil Kapaun”, the tale of the priest in WWII and esp in the Korean War, who has the justly bestowed honor of being both on his way to sainthood (he is “Servant of God” Emil Kapaun) AND a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

  13. Semper Gumby says:

    Great video clips Fr. Z. Good comments Suburbanbanshee et al.

    About the second clip and “Amuchina” hand sanitizer:

    “Behind the security gates of a production plant near Italy’s eastern coast, during a frenetic period that an executive likened to a “hurricane,” the company has held one emergency meeting after the next and ramped up Amuchina production from 12 hours daily to 24. It has asked shift workers to step in on weekends. It has altered the packaging to improve efficiency. It has cranked out so many bottles — five times the rate from the same period a year ago — that one of its plastic suppliers couldn’t keep pace. So Amuchina switched from red bottle caps to white.”

    We have our Faith, hand sanitizer and Chuck Norris. Excellent.

  14. Fr. Thomas Kocik says:

    rhig090v: I very much doubt that.

  15. OssaSola says:

    Father! So you were in film before you got into blogging?!

  16. Mariana2 says:

    Good thing there were sottotitoli in Italian!

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