The Crown of Thorns

The crown of thorns should not be beautiful. Thorns, after all, are the ugliest part of a rose bush. They prickle and cut. Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head, and a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Matthew …

“The Passion of the Christ” and Samwise Gamgee

I was 14 when “The Passion of the Christ” came out, so while I couldn’t have seen it in theaters without my parents, I was probably old enough to watch it. Certainly, it seems strange that as a Catholic who enjoys watching movies, it took me this long to watch it. But I’ve always been …