The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Fr. Richard Tero
Sacred Heart Catholic Church 

'Unbroken' and Christmas

Op-Ed

 


No doubt you have seen the TV ads for the movie "Unbroken," opening on Christmas Day. At first thought, why would folks want to disturb the Christmas Spirit with a movie about a WWII airman shot down over the Pacific in a B-24? Louis Zamporini from California had run in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, joined the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor, and survived the crash in a miraculous way, only to spend 47 days in a life raft, watching his buddies die. Then he was terribly tortured in a Japanese POW camp. When the War was over, he returned with all the signs of PTSD. It was another miracle when he had a real conversion of forgiveness and healing at a Billy Graham Crusade. He then began a long life of showing forgiveness and giving back, dying only this summer at the age of 97.

When you think about it, how we love the story of Our Lord, born in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger! However, most have difficulty on Good Friday, remembering Our Lord taken down from the cross, wrapped in a shroud, and laid in a tomb. Maybe this film will help the viewers think about how strong is their faith in times of crisis, and how they too need to appreciate the miracle of their life. We thank God for coming as a baby and becoming our Savior, to show us the way of love and forgiveness, and we thank God for examples of faith and courage like Louis Zamporini.

 

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