Brutally Real

Why 'The Passion' appeals to young people

When I was leaving the Jesuit novitiate and assigned to teach high school, my novice master told me: “Remember St. Ignatius’s dictum: always go in their door and bring them out yours.” Although I am now a university professor, the phrase has been with me during a Lenten and Easter season in which the main topic of conversation has been Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Whether with friends, family, or colleagues, it seems that all...

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About the Author

Mark Bosco, SJ, is an assistant professor in the departments of English and theology at Loyola University Chicago. His book on Graham Greene will be published by Oxford University Press this fall.