Les Miserables – Reflecting on Misery and Redemption

Many of us loved Lincoln and deeply appreciated the performance of Daniel Day-Lewis who spent a year studying the president.

The next week I saw a more powerful movie. If you have only seen Les Miserables on stage, I highly recommend that you see the movie, totally sung by all the actors, including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.

It is not just about miserable conditions in France after the Napoleonic era.  The point of the title seems to be mercy, miserere. Redemption is begun through a priest offering mercy. The music and lyrics are memorable. Every word is intelligible, and every close-up of a face is marked with easily visible emotion.

Rea McDonnell ministers in Silver Spring, Maryland, offering spiritual direction and retreats, and writing.