Last night I watched this movie along with woman of all different ages and it had an impact on all of us. I highly recommend this movie. It is about a woman who searches to find her long lost son. She got pregnant as a teenager and was sent to live at a convent. At the convent they took her son from her. I found myself feeling angry and ashamed of the Catholic Church. However, after it was over I really got thinking about a lot. For me to be ashamed and angry is for me to be judging someone or something else. Is it my place to do that? If Philomena wasn’t angry or ashamed then how can I be?
Through it all Philomena never turned her back on her Church. She was a ‘true’ Catholic or who I feel we should all strive to be like. She represented the person Jesus wanted all of us to become, a loving, non-judgmental, forgiving person. At night we found her on her knees praying. What was she praying for? Was she just praying for her lost son or was she praying for those who kept him from her?
This story is like so many other stories that many of us do not know about. After we finished watching the movie we sat around talking about what we just saw. We all spoke of how glad we are that things have changed and how heart wrenching it was for all those young girls. I am sure those girls thought things would never get better or would never change. For many, many years there wasn’t any change but what appeared to be the ‘norm’ is now no longer. Now it’s more likely that a young mother has hope and support.
However, while things have changed in America there are plenty of places that I am sure haven’t changed. They could still use the prayers for change.
This is just another example of something that many of us don’t agree with happening within the Catholic Church. Instead of being angry and ashamed we need to come together and fight for change. Philomena spent 50 years thinking she was sinner for what she did and never spoke up. However, we are all sinners. Those nuns were all sinners. We can’t judge another sinner when we are not perfect and we will never be perfect. While we can’t judge we can love and pray for those who need it.
The Catholic Church was started by Jesus so many years ago and his vision was a beautiful one. We can make his vision a reality if we listen to his words of wisdom “Love One Another”. We need to support our Church and when things aren’t being done right we need to encourage and ask for change. Together miracles can and do happen!!!
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