Student Body Views "The Passion of the Christ"
As part of the observance of Holy Week, the STA Campus Ministry Department hosted today a showing of the 2004 Oscar-nominated film "The Passion of the Christ." The film depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.
"It's not a fun movie to watch, by any means," said Campus Minister Grace Gambel. "It is brutal. It is violent. As Catholics, however, it is simply something that we must continue to remember. Jesus died for us, for our salvation. These students were only toddlers when this movie came out, so they have not seen it. If it opens just one's eyes to the reality of the sacrifice made for us by Christ then our day was a success."
At the time of its release, the Catholic News Service said "'The Passion of the Christ' is an uncompromising, interpretive dramatization of the final 12 hours of Jesus' earthly life. Unflinching in its brutality and penetrating in its iconography of God's supreme love for humanity, the film will mean different things to people of diverse backgrounds. Co-writer, producer and director Mel Gibson has undoubtedly created one of the most anticipated and controversial films of recent times."
All students who experienced the film had permission from their parents.