Monday, October 12, 2009

A screenplay: The Cult

By Lotus Point, all rights reserved to her....

Screenplay Act 1 Scene 1



A gorgeous, Mexican woman stands behind a podium in a chapel filled with teenage girls. ELENA is reading with a marked accent.

Now it came to pass, as they went, that
he entered into a certain veellage: and a
certain woman named Martha received him
into her house. And she had a sister called
Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet,
and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered
about much serving, and came to him,
and said, Lord, dost thou not care that
my sister hath left me to serve alone?
Bid her therefore that she help me. And
Jesus answered her and said unto her,
Martha, Martha, thou art careful and
troubled about many things: But one thing
is needful: and Mary hath chosen that
good part, which shall not be taken
away from her.

Alright girls, now kneel on your knees
and we will begin the meditation.

The girls GET UP from their pews rather loudly and CLANK onto the kneelers. There is a BLUSTER of notebooks moving around and girls turning around and facing forward again. This is when we notice LIA. She is a pale-faced, serious-looking teenager of thirteen. She is focused and attentive to every word coming from Elena’s mouth. In fact, too attentive.





Let’s start with a composeetion of place.
We are walking along the dusty streets
of Galilee with H-esús and decide to dine
with his dear friends, Maria and Marta.
Let’s enter the cottage and see what is
going on. Marta has been cleaning the house
all day. She dusted. She swept. She even
took a bucket of water from the well
to mop. She caught the fish from the lake.
She cleaned it. And then she cooked it.
There were many hungry men in the house,
and they had to eat. She wanted to sit and
talk with Jesus, but there were many works
to be done. At the same time, her sister
Maria has not lifted a finger to help her.
Maria woke up, bathed, and sat in the
window waiting for Jesus. When he came, she
ran out to meet him, screaming and crying.
Marta would have liked to greet Jesus like
that, but she could not leave the hot stove
with no one to watch it. Jesus came in, and
she stood in the kitchen, while Maria
washed his feet with her hair and kissed
them. Finally, Marta can stand it no more.
She becomes so angry, she goes up to Jesus,
forgetting that they have yet to even say
hello to each other, and she complains!
“Jesus, my sister has not lifted a finger
to help me! Send her immediately to the
kitchen to help me!” Instead of sending Maria
immediately to the kitchen to help her,
Jesus said something else. “Maria has
chosen the better part and it will not be
taken away from her.” You girls can sit down if you

Some of the girls begin to sit down. Some stay fixed in prayer. Lia, especially, has not moved since the beginning of the meditation. Lia takes out a notebook and writes.



LIA(writing)Dear God, please help me to find your will
for me, like Mary. I feel called to
do something more in my life.

ELENA(Continuing the talk)
Maybe some of you have experienced the call
of God. You are at prayer, and you feel that
you need to give more to make the world a
better place. Maybe, you have even felt the
call to be consecrated, to give your life
to God in the Regnum Christi Movement, the
Movement so loved by the Pope and the
Greatest gift to the Church in the
Twentieth Century. Maybe you have felt
the call to spend your youth discerning
your vocation. Maybe you don’t feel sure
yet, but you would like to spend some
time in our high school in Rhode Island
to find out what God wants of you, and spend
the most precious years of your life
looking for God’s will. And God, I, like
Maria, want to choose the better part.
And God, I remember that I don’t need to
be afraid of setbacks. There will be
many setbacks in my vocation. But if I
am brave, you will guide me through all of
them. There is the case of the consecrated
whose parents would not allow her to join the
high school when she was fourteen, and so
she became consecrated inside her house,
and even at eighteen, they still forbid
her. But she told them that she was
eighteen and they could no longer forbid her
from following God’s call, and she walked
out of their house, a consecrated woman.
God, maybe my family will never understand
my call, but I will not quiet its sound
in my heart.


1 comment:

Another exLegionary said...

So the mental breakdown is what, act 32 or so?