Mr Toad – how do you know that a tiger does not believe in God – you assume it is so simply because he doesn’t speak about it. Please accept my apologies. Matter of opinion, though. To others, he … Guinness had no idea what was meant by the "Real Presence," but with bombs exploding around them, it did not seem the appropriate time for discussion. In it, a master criminal, the great Flambeau, pretends to be a priest and tries to steal a valuable cross. You are a product of our societal belief system just as much as anyone, and to dismiss the believers as not thinking the issues through is to completely underestimate the path that it takes to acquire faith. I’m sorry if you think I have done you an injustice Adrian, and yet I can only repeat what I have said before: you cannot argue against Christianity (and Catholicism in particular) without an understanding of what it professes. I disagree with that – but then I would, wouldn’t I? I began to shake off my long-taught, long-absorbed prejudices.". Alec Guinness was born in London in 1914 to Agnes Cuffe, an unmarried woman who cared for him in a haphazard manner. Guinness began to study Catholicism. Alec Guinness Pablo J. Ginés y José Luis Vázquez Ha aparecido en inglés la biografía oficial del actor británico Alec Guinness, fallecido el año 2000. Blind obedience. And some are more selfish. 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Sir Alec Guinness (1914-2000), renowned British actor, converted to Catholicism after playing a priest in the 1954 film The Detective, aka Father Brown . His mother entered a brief marriage to a brutal man who was hated and feared by young Alec. Over a glass of claret, the Anglican cleric gave Guinness a copy of St. Francis de Sales's Introduction to the Devout Life and advised him always to genuflect before the altar. ( Log Out /  So naturally I am interested in his autobiography. No one really knows who his father was. That’s us! The doctrines of indulgences and infallibility slowed him for a time, but his description of finally entering the Church said it all: “There had been no emotional upheaval, no great insight, certainly no proper grasp of theological issues; just a sense of history and the fittingness of things.”, Guinness was received into the Catholic Church by the bishop of Portsmouth, and while he was in Sri Lanka making The Bridge over the River Kwai, his wife surprised him by also converting…”, http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=6679, The Deal With God That Paid Off Big. He investigated the claims of the Catholic Church before finally embracing the Faith. It took Father Brown to begin that process. Eliot "The Hippopotamus" cynical poem before his religious conversion Sir Alec Guinness - YouTube In T.S. One evening Guinness, still in costume, was on his way back to his lodgings. Sir Alec Guinness, convert August 9, 2000 by tmatt When Sir Alec Guinness began pouring himself into a new character, the first thing he focused … A good thing. Searching for the Father is doubtless one of the things that brought Alec Guinness through the doors of the Catholic Church. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I began to shake off my long-taught, long-absorbed prejudices.”. Sir Alec Guinness may be one of the most versatile actors of all time. “..the failure of the agnostics to engage in the clear points brought up by the theists…” And I suspect Mum and Dad’s mindset was very much in the majority, although, to be sure, that was 60-odd years ago. Or George Orwell? Surely it couldn’t be because they were not endowed with an immortal soul, Free Will, and made in the Image and Likeness of God, could it?!! Happily Matthew recovered completely, and Guinness and his wife enrolled him in a Jesuit academy. You apparently do. He was filming an episode of G.K. Chesterton’s “Father Brown” series in a remote French village when: “One evening Guinness, still in costume, was on his way back to his lodgings. Rita Reichardt is a mother of five. He became a Socialist, a creed which, as GK Chesterton pointed out, took a single aspect of Christianity/Catholicism, that is, “all men are equal” and disparaged all the other (moderating) aspects. Change ). Alec Guinness in his conversion – triggered off by that lovely story of the little boy – was honest and open to the working of the Holy Spirit in his soul. The future for the boy was doubtful, and at the end of each day's work on the film, Guinness began dropping in at a little Catholic church on his route home. Dear Mr Toad, What many people don’t know about him, though, is that at the age of 42 he converted to Catholicism – in part because of a miracle. Crow, The book lets one into the deeply private side of Alec Guinness's life. He recounts his conversion story in his usual modest and understated way in the first volume of his life story Blessings in Disguise. In the introduction to the article I mentioned the wrangling in the comment section with non-believers on another post. By the time he was six, the child often was left alone for hours at a time. By this measure, even the Alec Guinness classic failed: The first Father Brown story remains one of the most famous and most reprinted: The Blue Cross. Some of the people Beloved of God simply have to be caged up for the security of the rest of us. Orwell’d love it! In Edwardian Staffordshire, charming rogue Edward "Denry" Machin (Alec Guinness), the son of a washerwoman, believes he must give destiny a hand to rise in the world. But hope that is seen, is not hope. Dear Toad, Alec Guinness by By Garry O'Connor Applause. There was some reassurance when I discovered that the good, brilliant, acutely sane Ronald Knox had found himself running, on several occasions, to visit the Blessed Sacrament.". Perhaps best known for his role as the bearded sage Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars films, Guinness was born into a broken family. As a teenager, he discovered the enchantment of the theater. Alec Guinness & Catholic conversion. Sir Alec Guinness is one of the most recognizable actors of the 20th century. His was an unusual conversion. Even if it’s only, “Well, err, God often works in mysterious ways, do He not?”, “Picasso had no room for God – his god was Picasso (idolatry, I would say).”. As Adrian so wisely said: Assume makes an ass out of you and Adrian! George Orwell would never have been a Catholic, as he was a product of an English education and suffered from the social iniquities he experienced. Reflecting on that episode, he wrote, "If religion meant anything at all it meant that the whole man worshiped, mind and body alike . I’ll just leave it at that, for today. So, we will have to take the tiger’s silence as a, “don’t know,” won’t we? …So I should apologise. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Quivering Brethren? Of course one can always hope and pray that a tiny seed of faith might have been sown somewhere along the line that will eventually lead to the agnostics rethinking their views, but on the whole such discussions appear to end in an unsatisfactory stale mate! Though it still probably is, in places like Nigeria and Puerto Rico. She is a former high school teacher, has been a parish catechism teacher, and currently leads a Catholic Great Books program. Hoy, Miércoles de Ceniza, me parece un día muy apropiado para recordar la conversión al catolicismo de Alec Guinness, uno de los mejores actores del siglo XX. Alec Guinness, who died three years ago at 86, was the opposite kind of celebrity. For “signs” that might help you “to see”, try listening to this short homily: Jesus said: “Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed” (John 20:29) I agree that Faith is still a matter of “faith” (if you know what I mean). As to a tiger’s life – I suppose it depends upon whether he is in a zoo or not,,,,, I honestly didn’t notice you being provocative, Crow – but I did notice me being unduly insulting. If you are genuinely interested – and I would really like to give you the benefit of the doubt here – start at the bottom on a journey of discovery, and then come back and discuss it with us here if you want. Well, Crow, you can posit that if you like – I don’t know if that’s true or not (and neither, I suspect, do you) although I’m inclined to doubt it: But the question, as yet unanswered, is not whether Pablo thought himself God or not – but whether or not his life was, “bleak and meaningless.” Carry on with your agnosticism and your relativism if that is what makes you happy, but don’t start beating us all up on here simply because we don’t share your views… or non-views. "Certain incidents or sayings in the New Testament," he wrote, "would pluck me back, from time to time, to something approaching belief, and I retained a constant interest in religious matters while being ignorant of any theology, but for the most part gave in to adolescent cynicism.". He wrote in his autobiography that it had never even crossed his mind to step inside a Catholic church. Guinness's career as a copywriter was a failure, so he turned to the stage, realizing an attraction he had since childhood. I suggest there are no “clear points” in metaphysics. Some are healthier than others, for a start. But; re your statement above – some may be “thinking for themselves” , but a great many are not. The other is his work on films like The Bridge on the River Kwai and (of course) Star Wars. Sir Alec Guinness (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000), It is 100 years today that Sir Alec Guinness CBE first saw the light of day. As we must have a concrete answer for everything. Once Guinness had the walk right, he could ask why the man walked that way. My parents, for example, who were both born Catholics, neither spent, as far I as could see – a microsecond wondering if it was “true” or not. Searching for the Father is doubtless one of the things that brought Alec Guinness through the doors of the Catholic Church. Sir Alec Guinness is one of the most recognizable actors of the 20th century. . He had long talks with a Catholic priest. Or Shelly? It tells the story of his conversion to Catholicism and offers, in frank and sometimes heterodox words, his own understanding of the Catholic faith. Stamp collectors? You are a product of consumerism, Disneyland, materialism, capitalism and the brainwashing that goes on via the newspapers just as much as any of us. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Guinness, though considered one of the finest actors of the twentieth century, highlights his conversion to the Catholic Church almost more than the success of his acting career. In this respect, freedom to be “curious” is a freedom from modern cynicism as much as naive gullibility. Success came soon. One of Guinness's most memorable characterizations was of this humble, crime-solving cleric. Father Brown is the drab and delightful Catholic priest invented by G. K. Chesterton. 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