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Tuesday, May 16, 2006
The DaVinci Solution

This Friday is the theatrical release of the DaVinci Code, a book filled cover to cover with lies. This book goes beyond the realm of fiction - it attacks Jesus Christ. Some of the lies taught by this book include Jesus Christ not being divine, Jesus marrying Mary Magdalene, and Opus Dei monks killing people to keep secrets of the Church.

These are all lies and Dan Brown, the author, did not just write this fiction for entertainment. I have read parts of an interview where Dan Brown has said his claims about the Catholic Church are true. What a liar! Here is part of that interview:
When appearing on “The Today Show,” host Matt Lauer asked him, “How much of this is based on reality in terms of things that actually occurred?” Dan Brown but responded: “Absolutely all of it. Obviously, there are - Robert Langdon is fictional, but all of the art, architecture, secret rituals, secret societies, all of that is historical fact.” (Source)
Tomorrow is the first viewing of the new film of the DaVinci code at the Cannes Film Festival. And, coincidentally, tomorrow is the anniversary of the beatification of Opus Dei's founder, St. Josemaría Escriva. In the DaVinci Code, Dan Brown claims this religious group of monks in the Catholic Chruch is a secret order willing to kill people to keep secrets! What a lie!

First, there are no Opus Dei monks! Opus Dei is made of priests and lay people. It was founded by St. Josemaría Escriva in 1928 and approved by the Holy See in 1947. The name is Latin for "Work of God". Currently, there are 80,000 members worldwide and 3,000 in the United States. Opus Dei is open for anyone to join, and anyone may leave. They are not a secret group with but a religious group serving the Church similar to Franciscans, Dominicans, Benedictines, et cetera. In the United States only one parish is run completely by members of Opus Dei and that is in Illinois at St. Mary of the Angels. Opus Dei is about making daily life holy, and if you read their website, you will see how truly wonderful it is.

Now, I've heard several options on how to combat the heresies in this book. The first I heard is to ignore it. But, as Cardinal John Newmann said, as long as good people do nothing then evil shall flourish. We can't ignore this.

What I recommend are the other two options. First, if you can, attend a prayerful protest outside of a theater. There are several near me, and I will be praying that the people who see this movie will not believe such lies! Second, I recommend the Othercott! Go the movies this Friday and Saturday, but see a different movie. Hollywood only cares about money so give the Da Vinci Code a blow by giving your cash to another movie. Over the Hedge is going to be released this weekend too, and it's a good children's movie. I recommend going to see it.

We also must work to counter the false claims from this movie. I recommend several books by Amy Welborn to use in disputing the numerous lies taught in this book. They can be viewed online at her website. I also recommend the DVD, The Da Vinci Delusion, which is available online for sale.

I also highly recommend the United State's Conference of Catholic Bishop's own site to Decode DaVinci. It's called Jesus Decoded.

Please, above all, join me in prayer as I pray in reparation for the blasphemies commited by this heretical book. Please also sign a petition against this movie [now defunct].

An Act of Reparation and Consecration to the Sacred Heart

O Most Merciful Heart of Jesus, Divine Mercy-seat, for Whose sake the Eternal Father has promised that He would always hear our prayers! I unite myself to Thee in offering to Thine Eternal Father this poor and needy heart of mine, contrite and humbled in His Divine presence, and desirous of making complete reparation for the offenses that are committed against Him, especially those which Thou dost continually suffer in the Holy Eucharist, and more particularly those which I myself have unhappily so often committed. Would that I could wash them away with my tears, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, and blot out with my own heart's blood the ingratitude wherewith we have repaid Thy tender love. I unite my sorrow, slight as it is, with the mortal agony which caused Thy sweat to become as drops of blood in the Garden of Olives at the very thought of our sins. Do Thou offer it, dear Lord, to Thine Eternal Father in union with Thy Sacred Heart. Render Him infinite thanks for the manifold blessings which He constantly showers upon us, and let Thy love supply for our want of thankfulness and remembrance. Grant me the grace always to present myself in a spirit of deepest reverence before the face of Thy Divine Majesty, in order thus to repair in some measure the irreverences and outrages which I have dared to commit before Thee; grant also, that from this day forth, I may devote myself with all my might to drawing, both by word and example, many souls to know Thee and to experience the riches of Thy Heart. From this moment I offer and dedicate myself wholly to propagating the honor due to Thy most sweet Sacred Heart.

I choose It as the object of all my affection, and desires, and from this hour forevermore I set up in It my perpetual abode, thanking, adoring and loving It with all my heart, inasmuch as It is the Heart of my Jesus, Who is worthy to be loved, the Heart of my King and sovereign Lord, the Bridegroom of my soul, my Shepherd and Master, my truest Friend, my loving Father, my sure Guide, my unfailing protection and my everlasting blessedness. Amen.

Act of Consecration

My loving Jesus, out of the grateful love I bear Thee, and to make reparation for my unfaithfulness to grace, I give Thee my heart, and I consecrate myself wholly to Thee; and with Thy help I purpose to sin no more.

Prayer to the Immaculata

O God, Who by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin didst make ready a
fitting habitation for Thy Son, we beseech Thee that Thou Who didst keep her clean from all stain by the precious death of the same Thy Son, foreseen by Thee, mayest grant unto us in like manner to be made clean through her intercession and so attain unto Thee. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen (Roman Missal).

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del_button May 16, 2006 at 6:35 PM
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del_button May 16, 2006 at 6:54 PM
Someone Knowledgeable (Self Acclaimed) said...

you poor deluded fool...

i'm afraid that i can't commiserate with your statement that Dan Browns book is evil (a book written and published in a country in which free speach and separation of church and state are quite important)

just saying that it is so does not make it so. it bothers me that people such as yourself bandy the word "evil" so loosely.

all you are doing is supressing your fellows. they should see the movie, and if they change their mind about your church and god, so much the better: another expression of freedom to do what you want in our country.

as for you, i'm so sorry that you have chosen the path that you have. i would pray for you, but thats not my thing

del_button May 16, 2006 at 7:20 PM
Kim said...

Considering that my town isn't doing any protests, and I'm currently very cash-strapped; I'll be making some Holy Hours instead. Thanks for the reparation prayer, by the way. :)

And I love Opus Dei! I've looked into them a lot, as well as St. Escriva's writings (they are so helpful, it's not even funny). I've wanted to meet with an OD priest, but there aren't any around where I live. BUT. If the opportunity presents itself, I shall be definately utilizing it.

I wonder why more people in society aren't owly that they're being lied to, and treated as if they're ignorant 4 year olds who will eat and drink anything that is put in front of them.

Ah well. :/

del_button May 16, 2006 at 7:51 PM
Moneybags said...


I am standing up for Jesus Christ. Any book that attacks the divinity of Our Lord is evil. Simple.

I will pray for you that you will see the true beauty of Our Lord and worship Him in the Catholic faith - the Church that Our Lord started.

del_button May 16, 2006 at 9:02 PM
Juparis said...
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del_button May 16, 2006 at 9:32 PM
Moneybags said...


I just want to say that I know they have the right to put out this movie. They can put out any movie they want. I just hope people don't believe this fiction is real. Dan Brown is actually saying it's true when it's really not.

I can not accept anything that denies the divinity of Jesus. I just cannot, so that I why I am sharing my opinion.

God Bless!

del_button May 17, 2006 at 6:25 AM
Anonymous said...

I'm inspired to see a peaceful solution to this evil dilema! I will also give rosaries and fasting in reparation for all that is to come from this.

God bless you!
Christine T

del_button May 17, 2006 at 7:28 PM
Juparis said...

I hope you do not think it evil of me to go see it; I will be watching it on Thursday with Horicon (remember him?).

I'll let you know on my opinions of the movie. I've heard that only those who do not know as much of the Bible as we would find it believable, but I'll see for myself. Hopefully the entertainment (and not the supposed historical) side will show through more than anything.

del_button May 17, 2006 at 8:34 PM
Moneybags said...

No I would never think you were evil. I think it would be sinful to go the movie just to have a good time mocking Jesus Christ. If you are going just for entertainment, I don't see you as evil at all. Please, just keep in mind that it's fiction. Jesus never married. Jesus was indeed God! Opus Dei doesn't kill people for secrets! In fact, there are no monks in Opus Dei.

What's shocking is seeing people doubting Jesus because of a fictional movie. They just think it's real. Dan Brown has even said he believes what he wrote about the Church is true. How sad...

So, please just remember this is all not real. I've read statistics, which show most Americans aren't affected by this movie. However, 20% of the people that saw this is Britain began to doubt their faith. This is shocking. So, please just remember it's fiction.

God Bless

del_button May 19, 2006 at 12:01 AM
Juparis said...

I just returned from the movie (a special screening, actually), though others won't be able to see it until tomorrow at the earliest. ;)

I thought it made a great story; some fine entertainment indeed. However, it did not go any further than entertainment for me. From what I saw (I never actually read the book), only someone who knows very little (or nothing) about the Catholic church would or could even believe half of what the movie depicted. And even that itself only played into the fictional story. I do not see how people can take it as their own truth, but perhaps that is just me. Only those with weak faiths would doubt their faiths because of this movie, however that may be for the better, because after they regain their confidence in the faith, they are even less likely to doubt in the future..

For me, it made a great modern-day fairy tale at best. It was like National Treasurer; whether or not half of what they went through was even true doesn't really matter anyway, because it's such a far-fetched story in the first place! Ah well, I guess it was nice to see what all the fuss was about. But if you actually have to pay for it (aka, a friend isn't there to pay for you), I wouldn't suggest seeing it. At least, not till it hits the Budget theaters, if you have any nearby. ;)

I commented a little more on my own blog. Not much, because I didn't want to spoil anything, but I basically mentioned all that I summed up here; too much fuss over a single movie.

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