Meet Bishop Welcome (Les Mis)

One of my favourite characters in Lés Miserables is someone who has very little screen/stage time but who is very much the hinge on which the story turns. I mean of course the Bishop who shows Valjean unconditional love and brings him to God. This is a fascinating article on the development of the character and what Victor Hugo was trying to do with such a positive portrayal of a cleric in a time when the church was seen as hopelessly corrupt.

The book’s first hundred pages or so are a detailed chronicle of Myriel’s exemplary life, showing that his intervention on behalf of Jean Valjean was part of a long track record and not a singular aberration. Apparently Hugo recognized no contradiction between his anticlericalism and the possibility—or certainty—that grace could be mediated by a just priest who was transparent to the divine and never betrayed the human.

Read the whole article, it’s not that long. I want to read the book even more now, just to read more about Bishop Welcome.

Christian’s that watch movies so we won’t watch movies

There’s a great website that’s part of the Focus on the Family Ministry, called PluggedIn They review different forms of media, be they movies, video, TV, and music. I’ve sometimes thought there was an inherent hypocrisy in this type of service, but some recent blogposts describing the inner workings have served to shift my opinion.

Take a read:

Don’t Watch, but if you do.

Sorting out the good, the bad, and the excellent.