Lent 2015 – Second Sunday of Lent

Not a lot happened today, beyond church and watching Liverpool beat Manchester City. Add to that a couple of hours of reading and a few games of FIFA on the WiiU, making it a fairly restful and enjoyable day. Coffee seems to be a distant memory now, but I’ll probably go back to one or two cups a day after Easter.

In church today mention was made of the fact that once you have left something or somewhere behind it is really hard to go back, even if we are tempted to. I was reminded of a scene in one of my top 5 movies, Cinema Paradiso, the dialogue of which is as follows:

cinema paradiso posterAlfredo: Living here day by day, you think it’s the center of the world. You believe nothing will ever change. Then you leave: a year, two years. When you come back, everything’s changed. The thread’s broken. What you came to find isn’t there. What was yours is gone. You have to go away for a long time… many years… before you can come back and find your people. The land where you were born. But now, no. It’s not possible. Right now you’re blinder than I am.

Salvatore: Who said that? Gary Cooper? James Stewart? Henry Fonda? Eh?

Alfredo: No, Toto. Nobody said it. This time it’s all me. Life isn’t like in the movies. Life… is much harder.

If you haven’t seen it then you’re missing out on a great movie. It’s been a couple of years since I last watched it, so I’ll need to watch it again soon. If you do watch it, try to watch it in Italian, with subtitles, rather than the dubbed version. You won’t be disappointed.

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