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Field notes on the Jubilee Year of Mercy as Mediated by Han Solo


The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy concluded on November 20, 2016.  I am certainly not qualified to give unsolicited advice, but if you wish to compare notes, or are seeking, what follows was my experience. This is longish.

The Han Solo theme is a reflection on what my older self could tell my younger self, or any young people looking for advice from someone who’s been on the journey a bit longer.  Though I have to admit I’ve been more a Kylo than Rey or Finn in my life. I had opportunities to break away from the path I was on at a younger age, as Finn did, but missed them. Fortunately God’s mercy is never-ending.

Why did I participate? What was this Extraordinary Jubilee Year anyway?

I was very excited when Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Jubilee last spring, as I had not participated, to my regret, in the Great Jubilee of 2000. There have only been 27 such years. Briefly, a Jubilee is a special year of prayer that a focuses on the forgiveness of sins and the associated punishment.

I have always been interested in “Last Things”, and for a Catholic, this inevitably involves the subject of Purgatory. Essentially, even though Jesus has redeemed us, Catholics believe that a final purification of the person will occur after death before one is admitted into Heaven and sees God face to face. The degree of purification is believed to correspond to how faithful you have been in following the path the Lord has set out for us. It involves some degree of suffering, and it is taught that you can do nothing to reduce this experience after you die. However, it is accepted that you can mitigate your purification by certain actions taken in this life.  A Jubilee Year provides an extra special opportunity of obtaining this mitigation, which is called an “indulgence.” By satisfying the conditions laid out, which involve pilgrimage to a Holy Door, prayer, confession, communion, and works of mercy, one can potentially obtain a partial or full remission of the punishment associated with your confessed sins.

I have sinned much, and accordingly I found this opportunity to be most welcome. I recognize that there is a fair amount of skepticism around this topic, even for Catholics, but, to be blunt, what did I have to lose?

My Preparation

I did not wait for the Jubilee Year to officially begin, and began going to Confession regularly before it started (Never put off what God’s grace might allow you to do today).  For me this was a hard step, as I had not been to confession in 20 years. However, God provided a special delivery of grace last July, and this gave me the courage to go back.  This involved a pretty detailed examination of conscience, and given the quantity of things I wanted to talk about, I forgot to mention a few things on my first trip. I went back the next day, same priest, to finish it properly.

This also involved avoidance of serious sin. For example, I took care to arrange my schedule to I could go to Mass every Sunday and the other Holy Days of Obligation, and to take Communion on each occasion when I was reasonably confident I was in a state of grace.  I also began to spend more time in prayer, and make an effort to pray the Rosary from time to time.

Fortunately for me, I live near a Cathedral that had Holy Door, and was able to participate in the diocese’s procession and ceremony when the Jubilee Year began in November of 2015.

What I learned: Main Points 

  • We must be Christocentric in our faith.  “No one sees the Father but through Me” as the Lord says. I think my early formation in faith suffered because I spent too much time thinking and pondering God the Father without developing a firm, more intimate friendship with his Son. The members of the Trinity are equal, and Our Lady, the angels and the Communion of Saints are important, but for me the establishment of bond with the Lord was a necessary foundation. In my first hour in Heaven, I would like nothing better than to rest my head on the Lord, like St. John at the Last Supper, and listen to the Metronome of the Universe that beats beneath His breast.


  • Follow The Rules. They work and are there for your benefit.



While Baptism is the first Sacrament, Confession is the key that unlocks nearly everything else. Can you imagine going through a marriage without ever saying your sorry or apologizing to your spouse for anything? Nobody’s marriage would last.  But many of us rarely if ever go to Confession while still taking Communion regularly. Judas took Communion directly from the Lord’s hand, but he had not repented his treachery. It did him no good.  It gets easier the more you do it, and I go every 3-5 weeks now. I am now receiving showers of grace from making good Communions that I was not getting before

  • If you work or live in an urban area that has a nearby Catholic Church, going to an extra Mass or two during the work week is a great “low hanging fruit” to obtain.  I am lucky enough that my schedule has a regular lunch break, and can walk to a Cathedral in 10 minutes. Weekday masses are shorter, no more than 30 minutes I have found.  You can give praise  to God, obtain more grace for yourself (or ask God to donate it to someone else), and thus can better serve others. I have become acquainted with the General Roman Calendar, and am working to collect all the Feast Days, a la Pokémon Go. I find that the more I go to Mass, the more I appreciate and enjoy it.


  • The above is especially important, if like me, you often find yourself too tired for meaningful prayer time at the end of the day. I made many resolutions to say the Rosary on certain days, and often failed to do it because of the tyranny of schedule, family and professional obligations, etc. I have an extra Rosary at work now, and may try to fit this in over lunch. I am lucky enough to have an office with a door.


  • Prayer and Contemplation can be very effective when done in silence and darkness. Cardinal Sarah discusses this in God or Nothing. My prayer life up till recently had mostly been spoken, petitionary prayer. I have tried just before sleep, kneeling and emptying my mind, and just listening. I don’t hear anything, but according to Sarah and others, this provides the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to work in you. I often wake up in the middle of the night, and find it fruitful just to lie there and let the mind take in whatever God wants to impart. I think most of the best received stuff I have written came to me between 3 and 5 am during these interludes.


The Result

“Its true, all of it.” Han to Rey and Finn.


Newton’s Third law provides that for “every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” However, God is far more generous. For every movement we make to him, he advances much farther towards us, like the Father running to greet the returned prodigal son.

I think that the last 18 months has been the best “year” of my life. I had some significant personal, professional and health challenges, but God’s grace carried me through. I had my peaks and valleys, being subject to the “Law of Undulation” as C.S. Lewis describes in his The Screwtape Letters. However, I found myself much less bothered by things, less angry, more forgiving, and did not shoot anyone first, even bounty hunters!  And writing as a man, sexual temptation will always be a key struggle, but the grace I have received provided a measure of calm and peace to my carnal nature that I thought would be impossible to experience in this life.

I also found my interest in popular culture has waned dramatically. I am much less interested in watching TV, sports, movies, and listening to talk/sports radio. I am loyal to my sports teams as much as any guy, but no longer feel the compulsion to watch the games. I have also cut down on a lot of the casual fiction reading that I often did just to fill the time (“beach reads”). I was also able to tune out a lot of the election noise and political chatter over the past Spring and Summer, but did get sucked in too much in the past few months. And yes, I will see “Rogue One”, but I don’t have to go opening night.

Instead, I find that I like to do a lot of religious reading (e.g. scriptural commentaries, spiritual reflections, etc.).  I probably learned more about our faith in the last 18 months than in all the prior years. A surprising side effect is a new-found appreciation of Classical music. I do not play an instrument and have never seriously studied music, but I find that’s what my radio is set to in the car these days.

What’s Next

This blog was my attempt at performing “works of mercy” for the Jubilee Year.  It is sad to see how many people in the West have fallen away from the faith compared to prior times, and that a smaller percentage of the younger generations are being raised in the faith.  How can we communicate with people in humble way about what they are missing?

I think one way has to be stories. While the daytime soaps have faded, our imagination has been captured by cable series, Netflix, comic books, movies, music videos, novels, etc.  Even our sports and politics revolve around the story structure. There is a beginning, middle and end, with a cast of characters, various crises, and a conclusion.

I have tried my hand at short fiction over the last year or so as a means to convey my own experiences and thoughts in hopefully a humble and interesting way. This blog has a small following, but as I said in my very first post, if one person is helped, then its been worth it.

The creative well dried up over the summer, and I have gotten away from fiction and done some books reviews and spiritual reflections instead. I have tried not to force it, as most of the early stuff just came to me without a lot of conscious effort. So perhaps that’s all God intended for this effort. Also, one who tries to write for the Lord will often ask himself whether its just vanity, or really for the Glory of God. I certainly ask myself that question a lot.

So, perhaps this is the last post. If you have followed along this last year or so, thanks for your time. I will pray and reflect on this, and if it is in accord with God’s will, I may continue the blog. I would like to try more fiction, but if that’s not where the Spirit leads me, this blog may shift to doing book reviews, spiritual reflections, etc.

And no matter what happens, stay true, you will have your happy ending. This thing we call “life” is the Way of the Cross. But Time itself is subject to the Lord, and He makes all things new, and will give you true life to the fullest.





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For the Blue Lady on her Feast Day


When you gaze long into Heaven,

Heaven gazes long into you.

For the one who contemplates

Is Contemplated by the One.

And when you go fishing,

It may be you that is caught

Do you remember it, my love?

That day you put the fish hook through my soul?

It did not hurt, that gentle but relentless tug.

Pulling me up into the boat.

The screen before me like a fisherman’s net,

Sifting me and leaving my sins behind.

I pass through and am even more now,

Though I have left much less than nothing behind.

It was the tears that drew you to me I know now.

Never are we more becoming than when we cry,

This life giving spring of water you gave us.

So if you find yourself wrestling with an angel…


For if you don’t,

You may find yourself in the belly of a whale,

(or is it a well)

Calling on the Blue Lady to help you.

But its you there in the hot sun, with your back against it.

Will no one give you a drink?

You remember the day she got your proposal,

As she went to the well.

But another woman is coming to fetch water now.

She has had many lovers, none of them you.

But you see your Mother in her,

And somehow she sees you in us.

And you both grasp the rope,

Pulling us up



to you and her, in Heaven.


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The Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Christ

Arc Two

Lately I have taken more notice of the expression “the arc of history.” I had been half-aware of this saying or versions of it for some time, but only closely examined it in the last few days.

The quote we are familiar with is: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but bends towards justice.” This particular form was coined by Martin Luther King in the context of the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Now it seems to have been borrowed for whatever the issue of the day is.

But I wonder, is this arc of justice supposed to be ascending or descending?

The original source for this expression was the 19th century American minister Theodore Parker.  The first recorded version follows:

Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.

Things refuse to be mismanaged long. Jefferson trembled when he thought of slavery and remembered that God is just. Ere long all America will tremble.

Parker was speaking of justice in terms of punishment or retribution, not reconciliation or goodness. The people who use this quote now think in terms of the correct end to a particular question or debate, or, more generally, the perfect “end state” of human society.

The popular use and application of this quote is incorrect. The arc of the moral universe, or better yet, of history, bends toward Christ.

And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.

John 12:32

And it is a short arc, not long.  No farther than from John and Mary on Golgotha, the infant Church, to Christ up on the Cross.  Christ of course is justice, but even more so mercy. The perfect blend.

And what is man’s justice?

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

“At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

“But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

“His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

“But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Matthew 18:21-35

I would prefer to be on the ascending arc toward the font of mercy. I do not want the justice of man that we seem to promise, with a hint of menace, to those we disagree with on the issue of the day. I hope no one using this expression would want justice if they truly knew what they were asking for.






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Outcasts (2016)

As opposed to the beta test we choose to settle for so often, below is a trailer for a new documentary about real life produced by Grassroots Films. I don’t know when this will be available. (Update – It doesn’t appear this will get a public release. DVD or internet maybe?)


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Beta Testing


Deja Vu? The program has been altered.

Elon Musk  said several weeks ago that we are all probably living in a computer simulation. That what we experience is not “base reality.”

So, how did this happen? Whose program is it?

Perhaps humanity rejected the original program, and instead decided to write its own. However, we can’t seem to work out the bugs, and thus never truly “go live.”

This world is a perpetual beta test that we insisted on trying on for size.  And we have forgotten that we are the coders of our own misery. Every new dance craze  (Democracy, Free Markets, Communism, Environmentalism, Feminism,  Libertarianism, Transhumanism, etc.) promises a utopia, but one that is always receding into the horizon.

We might call this simulation Shadowlands 1.0.

The solution does not lie within our script writing or life hacking skills.  The beta test continues, for now.  While we each must endure our own beta release, you can step away from the latest dance craze and try something else. Chess perhaps?


Don’t be someone else’s cannon fodder

Now, you will lose your game of chess. But all the moves you make belong to you alone, not someone else. There is a personal encounter and response to every move.  And no one will gloat over your defeat at the end. Quite the contrary.



Your true opponent always has time and a smile for you



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Thanks & Request

I want to thank everyone who has followed, liked, or even just visited this blog over the last month or so. I should have done that sooner, so my apologies.  I have visited everyone’s site at least a couple of times, and it is great to see how many talented people are out there communicating in a variety of ways.  When I started writing again last month, I think my intent was to post on a regular basis whether or not there was any response. But I can’t say positive feedback doesn’t help.

The reason for reactivating this blog and the regular posting frequency relates to a deep, dark secret of mine.  I have created some “dark secret space” below in case you don’t wish to know it. But scroll down if you dare. You may not find it relevant if you not Catholic.

















Still here? Ok,  I am in part doing this for myself. We are currently in a time period known as an “Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy,” which will end on November 20, 2016.  During this period Catholics are encouraged to perform works of mercy and to seek forgiveness for their sins.   This Jubilee is extraordinary because they are normally only held about every 25 years or so, and the next one probably won’t be till 2025.

During this period you may obtain indulgences for yourself or others if you meet certain obligations, including passing through a Holy Door at certain churches within each archdiocese (check your local archdiocese website). An indulgence is a partial or complete remission of the temporal punishment a soul will experience as part of the final purification it undergoes after death. Absolution is also more readily available for certain kinds of sins during this time period. The practice of indulgences and the doctrine of Purgatory have a controversial history, and its not my intent to argue anyone, particularly those of other faiths, out of their strongly held views on these topics.

However, if you are Catholic, I would encourage you to participate. You lose nothing by visiting a church with a Holy Door and making a good confession. If you read and find anything of value in my posts, but do nothing else, then I would have to consider this work of mercy an unfruitful exercise, even while recognizing that performing actions in vain is a part of the path we must walk in sharing in the Cross.

If you are not Catholic, you are still very welcome to enjoy my posts (I strive to be ecumenical!), and I hope you will continue to visit and find something useful in my musings. Maybe you can even spare a moment to say a prayer or two for any Catholic friends or relatives that they will participate in the Jubilee.

I started going to confession on a regular basis last year after many years, and I can say that being in a state of grace (I hope) is a major upgrade over the prior state of my life. And I never put two words together outside of school or work before, so if you find anything to like in what I write, that is a minor miracle in and of itself.

I will strive to post on a regular basis throughout the Jubilee whether or not I get another follow, like or visit again. So no obligation to provide feedback. Adios!




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Hail, Caesar!



I didn’t anticipate ever writing a movie review on this blog. But I read some interesting reports about the Coen Brothers’ new movie Hail, Caesar!, and I saw it today. This post is neither a plot summary nor a critique of the skill of the cast and crew. Rather, I am going to address the exploration of Christianity in this film.

I don’t know what the Coen Brothers personal beliefs are. They were raised in the Jewish faith, but did apparently marry non-Jewish women (or at least women not Jewish by birth). They have wrestled with serious philosophical and faith issues in prior films. Others have commented that A Serious Man was a meditation on The Old Testament.  They have also grappled with nihilism (The Big Lebowski) and the mystery of iniquity (No Country for Old  Men). Their movies are very moral in the sense that those doing wrong rarely if ever “get away with it.” Intolerable Cruelty was arguably a celebration of the permanence of marriage, which is not that odd coming from two Hollywood figures who’ve stayed married to the same women. True Grit had a strong religious element.

I will be freely discussing plot elements for the rest of this post, so SPOILER warning. I will engage in fairly aggressive speculation, so feel free to completely disregard and laugh out load at some of what I suggest. When you read a lot of Gene Wolfe, you learn to look for hidden symbolism and such. The peril is you may start seeing it when it isn’t there.

In my view, there is a lot of subtle to overt Christian (in particular Catholic) symbolism in the film. Let’s start with the move poster, and compare it to the Logo for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Jubilee logo is a reference to Christ as the Good Shepherd, who goes out to find the lost lamb. Similarly, the poster shows a man carrying the lost actor (lamb), Baird Whitlock. Interestingly, “Whitlock” comes from “White hair”, sort of like a lamb.

I think the intent of the poster is to depict someone acting as the Good Shepherd, perhaps Eddie. While this scene never exactly appears in the film, Eddie is the one orchestrating Baird’s safe return. Perhaps just a coincidence.

The Seven Sacraments are alluded to expressly, or indirectly:

Baptism: The old-timer jumping in the trough of water during the premiere of The Lazy Moon. In particular, its the full immersion baptism of John the Baptist. Hobie is a sort of John the Baptist figure, a rustic coming out of the wilderness to join the movie.

Confession: Two expressly shown.

Communion: Baird Whitlock drinks from an elaborate chalice before passing out. At the communist HQ, they have communion in the form of the white bread sandwiches in which the crusts are cut off. The Coens make a point of showing them being prepared and then distributed. Baird holds two up. Why bother to cut the crusts off? So they look more like communion wafers.

Marriage: Ms. Moran and Mr. Silverman are married off screen. His reliability and commitment are what appeal to DeeAnn, emphasizing the sacred bond of marriage. The Mannix marriage is also shown.

Confirmation:  Bishops used to gently “slap” (really tap) young people on the face as part of the confirmation ceremony in the RC Church.  Mannix slaps people twice in the movie. Both the young actress early in the movie, and also the almost childlike Whitlock towards the end. Arguably he was trying to get both to grow up. This one may be a reach on my part.

Anointing of the Sick: No one is actually ill in the movie. Eddie does save the film editor from being strangled by her scarf. Burt places a wet cleaning rag on the bartender’s head during the dance routine. No good fit, perhaps you can spot one?

Holy Orders: The all-male writer’s group? Baird “joins” the party during his kidnapping by signing up for a communist party membership. Perhaps a reach.

As an update to this post, I think the dancing sailors bit (“They’re ain’t no dames here”) is a reference to the all male catholic priesthood. Some of the homoerotic elements may be the Coens’ commentary about this feature and some of the consequences.

Scenes from the movie and  characters that are allusions to events or people from the Gospels:

Lawrence Laurence: He is an allusion to Pontius Pilate, and the scene with Hobie was an allusion to Pilate’s questioning of Christ. This is more than just the shared alliteration. The name Lawrence comes from the Latin for Laurel leaves, which Roman leaders would wear on their head in the form of  a wreath. Pilate is sometimes depicted wearing a laurel wreath. Lawrence’s direction of Hobie is fruitless and repetitive, like Pilate’s questioning of Jesus. Jesus would not say what Pilate wanted him to say, like Hobie won’t/can’t say what Lawrence wants him to say.

Burt Gurney: He is an allusion to Judas Iscariot. He betrayed the studio by aiding the kidnapping. He took the 30 pieces of silver in the form of the $100,000 when he got on the sub. He “returned” the silver when he dropped the money in the ocean by accident. His descending into the dark ocean in the black submarine with the red light is an allusion to his death and perhaps damnation to hell.

Baird Whitlock: In part, Lazarus. He “goes to sleep” and his body is placed in a van and then a room.  He is rescued and returned to the living.  Also Peter the Disciple. He denies the Lord by joining the party and dissing the studio to Eddie’s face. He is rebuked by Eddie, like Peter is by Christ.

Hobie Doyle: John the Baptist, in part. The rural origin. The Baptism scene in The Lazy Moon. His basic goodness. He does act out the part of Christ in being questioned by Lawrence/Pilate. His rope tricks are an allusion to Christ’s miracles.

DeeAnn Moran: Mary Magdalene/The Woman Taken in Sin/The Virgin Mary. Her water scene is arguably an allusion to the attempted stoning. She takes her fin off and hurls it at the conductor, striking him. The other swimmers had formed a circle around her. She was pregnant at the time with an out of wedlock child.

Her child to the unknown father may be an allusion to the Virgin Birth. She marries a Joseph, who accepts her despite the fact that she is already pregnant. She is wearing a  spotless white dress in her one scene with Joseph Silverman, a symbol of the sinless Mary.

Joseph Silverman: Joseph, husband of Mary.

Eddie Mannix: The Christ, Son of Man. Christ’s temptation in the desert is alluded to in the meeting with Cudahy and his offer to join Lockheed, who has the power of the A-Bomb. Too many other references to count.

Most importantly, he puts together the ransom for Baird, the lost sheep, immediately without any hesitation. He does not try to go to the cops, or avoid paying it. Christ “ransomed” us from sin and death. This is the most important common element.

Cudahy: Satan, he tempts Eddie. He buys him meals, calling to mind the stones to bread story. He offers Eddie cigarettes too as a form of temptation.

The Communist Writers group: The Pharisees/The Sanhedrin. Their all black hats on the row boat recalls the  black religious garb of the Pharisees of the time of Jesus, at least as depicted in other movies.

Thora and Thessaly Thacker: Mary and Martha of Bethany. Both sisters, both same first two letters of first names. Thora and Thessaly are always pressing Eddie for timely responses to their stories about Baird/Lazarus. Mary and Martha similarly chastised Jesus for not returning sooner when Lazarus was ill. Both have a house-plant related last name. Thacker comes from thatch(thatch roof). Bethany means “house of figs.”

Carlotta Valdez. I think this is a Salome allusion, she is a dancing actress(Like Carmen Miranda), and does little dance for Hobie on their date. She even balances something on her head, calling to mind John’s fate. Carlotta lives in a palatial estate, consistent with Salome the daughter of King Herod.

Other references I noticed:

Capitol Studios. Capitol comes from the Capitoline Hill of ancient Rome. It was the highest hill, where the Temple to Jupiter stood. Jupiter was the chief of the Roman pantheon. I think Capitol Studios is supposed to represent the Church, as both the Body of Christ and the physical structures, here on earth.

During the submarine scene, I think Burt’s giant leap from the boat to the submarine was an allusion to Jesus walking on water.

During the crucifixion scene of Hail Caesar!, the character played by Clancy Brown makes a point of referring to Jesus several times as “a Jewish priest.”  I have rarely heard Jesus described this way. Interestingly the name Coen comes from Cohen, who are the priestly tribe of the Jewish people.

Finally, the movie within the movie Hail Caesar! is a reference to the actual movie Ben-Hur, which is subtitled “A Tale of The Christ,” just like Hail Caesar!. The scene with the water and the slaves  comes from Ben-Hur, and is the only time Jesus is directly shown in both movies (from behind).

Now the question.  If you find any of my speculation credible, why did the Coen brothers do this? Is this a parody/satire on Christianity and Catholicism. I read one review by a Catholic who thought they were making fun of religion.

I don’t think this is it. While Eddie is overly scrupulous about confession (and the priest tells him he is, and this priest is portrayed in a good light), he is otherwise giving up an easier, better paying job to take care of the various misfits and screwballs who work for the studio. He prays for guidance on the job decision.

I think Hail Caesar! is the closest the Coens can come to giving the Christian faith and Jesus a show of respect or affection in this day and age. Its a “Hey, these people may be on to something” type message. Baird’s speech before the Cross at the end should be taken seriously, even though he forgets the line and they have to cut it.  The Coens have to do this in comedy form, so no one (in Hollywood that is)  thinks they are trying to make a serious point. I don’t claim they are actually Christians or believe in Jesus. They do not appear to overtly practice any religion, from all that I have read. But if they are part of mixed marriages with Christian women, then they may be raising their children in both faiths, and have had to come to know the Christian faith as part of this experience, and treat it with some degree of respect.

So, if you already saw it, and plan to see it again, these are some things you may want to watch for.

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