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Saturday, February 5, 2005

Steve Graydanus reviews Million Dollar Baby and Coach Carter.

Frankie is the character in Million Dollar Baby played by Clint Eastwood. He is in a moral quandary over whether to kill a profoundly disabled boxer (at her request):

Frankie is Catholic — a daily communicant, in fact — and he agonizes over this decision for some time, even taking the problem to his priest, Fr. Horvak at St. Mark’s Church, whom he has a habit of pestering for explanations of such mysteries as the Trinity and the Immaculate Conception. In the past the priest has impatiently brushed aside Frankie’s questions with perhaps less caution and theological nuance than pastoral insight, rightly sensing that Frankie’s questions are really a dodge of some sort, and what he needs is not catechism classes but to make peace with God.

This time, though, the priest takes Frankie seriously, warning him that whatever sins or offenses haunt him now are nothing compared to what he’s contemplating, and that — questions of God and the afterlife aside — “if you do this, you’ll be lost somewhere so deep you’ll never find yourself again.”
"If you do this, you'll be lost somewhere so deep you'll never find yourself again." That's a good description for how I felt after abortion. And I don't think I found myself. I feel "found", but by God, not myself.

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