Movie Review! Perfect for a Sunday afternoon
I hadn’t heard anything about this movie before my mother in-law Margaret, a proud practicing catholic who in the 21 years I have been a part of her family has never pushed her beliefs on me, told me about it. Knowing I have an affinity with Mother Mary, she mentioned that the documentary was showing at our local cinema. We went to see it today.
I had a vague knowledge of Apparition Hill and remember in 1981, hearing the story of six young visionaries who saw the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the village of Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina. I was intrigued, but, at the age of sixteen myself, not intrigued enough to take more than a passing interest.
I found this film engaging, the stories of those whose journey it followed where relatable and some heartbreaking. Most of all it was thought provoking. I came away with a knowing that I hadn’t had only two hours before. It was well worth the effort to get there. Don’t be alarmed at the thought that this film might try and sway your own belief system one way or the other. It doesn’t, or didn’t for me anyway. Instead it leaves you to make up your own mind about what it all means. I loved it. See it if you get the chance. It gets a – I’d go out on a rainy day to see it again, rating from me. That’s high praise.
What do I know in my heart now that I didn’t know before?
Not so much what I know, but what I have a deeper understanding of when it comes to my own personal beliefs I guess. I believe that miracles happen. Sometimes we don’t see them because we aren’t ready to witness them, or maybe we haven’t seen them because we expected them to present themselves to us in a particular way. Our way. Little control freaks that we are! Or is that just me?
Before seeing this movie I thought that if you prayed hard enough you could change the outcome of a situation you don’t like. I understand now that’s probably not the case. Pain, tragedy and even death (the only experience we are all certain to have,) have a place and purpose in our lives. It is up to us to workout what that is – for us. What I need to focus on is bringing about the most peaceful, loving outcome I can, in any given situation I am faced with. That can be really hard. But I will work diligently to achieve it.
I also understand that I can ask/pray for anything, but I cannot change the path of another. We humans are powerful, but not that powerful. What I can do is ask/pray that I am given the strength to accept and recover from the circumstances of what is, no matter how difficult or heartbreaking, with an open and loving heart. I am reminded that there are strength in numbers and that the collective thoughts/prayers of others are especially uplifting. And that love is the greatest healer of all.