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US Jesuit discusses influence on Silence

December 05, 2016

Father James Martin, SJ, the editor of America magazine, has discussed his role as consultant to Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, which portrays the work of Jesuit missionaries in Japan under persecution during the 17th century.

Father Martin said that Scorsese and Jay Cocks, who coauthored the screenplay, sought him out in 2014 to learn more about the Jesuits and that the two were “very open to my suggestions” when the script needed to be corrected.

Father Martin added that agnostic actor Andrew Garfield, who plays a Jesuit priest, decided to undertake St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises, and “at the end he had a personal relationship with Jesus,” according to a L’Osservatore Romano report.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 05, 2016 7:38 AM ET USA

    Let us hope and pray that Andrew's personal relationship grows into objective works of devotion and mercy which are what separate a living relationship from the type of subjective warm and fuzzy feeling that St. John in his Gospel says is not enough to make one a son of God: "But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name, who are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." Jn 1:12, Rheims NT.