Before Sir Percy returns, I wish to post a short note of support for Mel Gibson.
Mr. Gibson is a man blessed with abundant gifts, a man of profound humility and sincerity. One may say that it's unfortunate, indeed, for skeletons-- thought to be all but buried-- are once again shaken: old battle wounds of temptation seem to never fully heal, and the darkness that could describe many of our pasts can, indeed, revisit us with it's inky despair.
I'm afraid many point fingers at this man who, by all accounts, misjudged his strength and abused a substance he's abused in the past--causing him to loose power over faculties of right-judgment and reason--should be very careful, indeed with such rash condemnation! Many of us choose to act wrongly--to go against our consciences in "cold blood", as it were, with full use of our reason--in order to gain pleasure or avoid pain. Mel Gibson, although making a poor choice in drinking to excess, did not do so. In fact, not only was his mistake spread all over the media--hungry to feed on the flesh of a man who sought to use his craft as a meditation on the Good, the True, the Beautiful, despite the cost to himself and his career--his struggle with sin exposed and condemned, but owning to his wrongdoing, has publicly asked forgiveness for his poor choices.
How very easy it seems, within our society, to point fingers and condemn those who strive for virtue and fail at their attempts--yes, who fall, but get up again and continue to strive--because we lack the courage to face the mirrored image of ourselves within them...an image of brokenness; an image that smacks of despair. Those who admit to suffering with this brokenness begin to climb out of the mire...the rest of us wallow in it, hoping that our facades of "goodness" mask the excrement of sloth and cowardice--hypocrisy in its rawest form.
Mel, from one broken by her past--hoping for a future, built not of her own strength, but with the gratuitous Grace we share in He Who is Our Strength--you have my prayers and undying support!
And to the scoffers-- They also scoffed when, 2000 years ago, a Man condemned and hanging naked, crucified and broken, claimed even then to be the very Godhead that Created and Sustained all that was, is and is to come!
WE WHO ARE ALSO BROKEN, AND ALL OUR WEAKNESSES LAID NAKED BEFORE THE WORLD PROCLAIM OUR JOY THAT WE CAN SOMEHOW IMITATE HIM, THE CRUCIFIED ONE. With Paul, we proclaim Him as thus for:
"The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men... God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong, God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption; therefore, as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord."
SEMPRE PRO ECCLESIA, CONTRA MUNDUM!
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam