Stigmata of Christ
Stigmata is derived from stigmatizing, which means to disgrace. However, according to them, the Stigmata as described by the Church is more a blessing than a curse. According to the Catholic community, whoever gets the Stigmata is particularly religious and therefore closer to God and Jesus Christ.
Stigmata as devotion
Throughout the centuries there have been many who have come up with so-called stigmata phenomena. One of the first among them was Francis of Assisi. He would have received the stigmata in 1224. Francis was the embodiment of a new personal colored kind of piety within Christianity, in which the development of the individual and his personal gifts and talents were of great significance. At the same time he attached great importance to belonging to a group of like-minded companions, a fraternity, in which one can meet each other's needs and needs. Something that is also coming up more and more in today's society. To provide itself with certain needs by planting your own vegetables and fruits. Or buy more locally so that this economy also supports more. As well as to entertain business again instead of participating in the overriding disposable society.
Our present Pope, who opted for the name Francis, also holds these ideals high priority. Just as he is open to all kinds of people and no longer makes any decisive distinctions. This also means that he gives fresh touch to the Church and the Catholic faith.
Another devout who carried the stigmata during his lifetime was Father Pio of Italy. This is the same Father to which is referred at the beginning of the film and which also plays an underlying role in it. Pio was seen as a saint by many of his venerators during his lifetime, although church authorities tried to counter this. Many pilgrims visited Father Pio and miracles were reported regularly. Another coincidence is that the film was released in the same year that Father Pio was blessed by the church.
“il messaggero non è importante”
This is the key moment in the movie for me. The scene why Franky writes a text on her apartment wall in a dead language, the language of Jesus Christ. The Reverend Kiernan asks if she is still herself and if not with whom he has the knowledge. To which she turns around and answers that the messenger does not matter. It is the message that needs to be central, without anyone taking credit for it. And that message is that God and Christ choose not only those who believe in them, but are open to all, including those who do not believe. Say yourself, you can hardly bring a nicer message. In addition, the film also subtly highlights the theme of love and relationship within the priesthood. So the Davinci code was not the first to question this issue.
Stigmata brought me insight and made me realize that every story has different facets. In addition, I was introduced through this film to the fantastic acting performances of Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrna, of which I have always been a fan ever since. For those who like to be carried away in worldly mysteries, this film is definitely recommended, as well as for those who dare to look beyond what is acceptable.