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Where would Jesus go? Notre Dame
Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 23, 2006 | Michael Sneed

Posted on 07/23/2006 3:03:46 PM PDT by NYer

Where is 'Jesus' these days? The answer is thus: He's at the University of Notre Dame studying Spanish.

"I'm in the process of finally getting my college degree," said actor Jim Caviezel, whose astonishing portrayal of Christ in Mel Gibson's remarkable "The Passion of the Christ" catapulted him to stardom.

"I'm now too old to be Jesus," chuckled Caviezel, 37, who just wrapped shooting "Deja Vu" with Denzel Washington in New Orleans. "You can now call me Moses."

I caught Caviezel via cell phone as he scurried across the campus of his dreams last Friday. "It's like home here," he said. "Like family. Notre Dame was a no-brainer. I plan to be studying here when I'm not working."

His conversation mixes spiritual riffs, sports nuggets and shamrock allegories with films that touched his heart, like "Brian's Song" and "Rudy."

Though he's known for not working in movies with unredeemable scripts or gratuitous sex scenes, Caviezel will play unredeemable characters. "But I'm not telling you who plays the bad guy in this movie," he said.

Is Caviezel, who his childhood friends thought would either be a priest or an actor, the most grounded star in Hollywood? (He claims he didn't want to be either.) Well, consider. He played college basketball; once dreamed of joining the Naval Academy; married the love of his life, Kerri, whom he met through his sister, and adopted Bo, a young Chinese boy with a brain tumor. "I looked into Bo's eyes, and they asked 'Will you love me?' And I did."

So who is Caviezel, really?

"He's the real deal. He's as good as it gets," said Paul "Sam" Kelmanson, a former Chicagoan who is now a Hollywood screenwriter. "He has the grace of Christ in his heart, and he's a phenomenal artist."

Caviezel, a devout Catholic who cites stories of courage as benchmarks in his spiritual life, is also a huge fan of Charlie Weis, Notre Dame's football coach.

"This guy is tough . . . but this guy loves. And he is destined to be the greatest coach Notre Dame ever had."

But it was something Coach Weis did off the field that put him in Caviezel's Hall of Fame.

Weis kept his word to a dying child.

"A mother -- who did not tell anyone she was dying of terminal breast cancer -- asked Charlie to visit her dying son," Caviezel said. "Charlie goes to his house, hands him a football and asks the kid, 'What can I do for you?'

"The kid says: 'I'd like to make the first call for the next game.' Pass to the right. ESPN filmed the visit."

The boy died shortly afterward.

"There, in the face of controversy and under pressure, Weis did the right thing. He kept his word to that kid on the first call during a game against the University of Washington at Husky Stadium. I was at the game. He told his team to pass to the right.

"And in doing the right thing, it wound up being the right thing!

"The beauty of it is that the coach didn't do it just for the boy. He did it for me . . . and for all of us. Life is about faith which leads to courage and love."

Caviezel, who loves film because it mirrors life, has been keenly affected by movies since he was 5.

"That's when I saw 'Brian's Song' and bawled my eyes out."

The legendary TV film, which was about Chicago Bear Brian Piccolo's battle with cancer and his caring teammate Gale Sayers, led Caviezel to ask his father, "Why?"

"I wanted to know why he died," Caviezel said. "And when I met James Caan [who played Piccolo], I told him how moved I was by the film. I somehow sensed the love in that film."

Does Caviezel embody the line he delivered to Sean Penn in "The Thin Red Line": "I'm twice the man you'll never be?"

"You bet," said his friend Peter Schivarelli, a Notre Dame grad. "His dream is to be canonized."

Amen.


TOPICS: Current Events; Humor
KEYWORDS: caviezel; highereducation; hollywood; notredame; thepassion

1 posted on 07/23/2006 3:03:48 PM PDT by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

Let's face it, Jesus is a tough act to follow.


2 posted on 07/23/2006 3:04:51 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer; ABG(anybody but Gore); aft_lizard; Auntbee; daybreakcoming; Barney59; bourbon; ...


College Football Ping.

Freepmail me to be added to this list.


Charlie Weis is a class guy and a very good football coach. And I'm not even a ND fan. PING!!

3 posted on 07/23/2006 3:05:46 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - don't argue with internet people, they are on the internet for a reason)
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To: NYer
"Let's face it, Jesus is a tough act to follow."

And so, it would seem, is Caviezel. I've never heard anything but good things about him.

4 posted on 07/23/2006 3:10:00 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: kstewskis; Victoria Delsoul; NYer; Raquel
Ahhh... yes...

Philosophy with Mr. Caveziel, anyone?

5 posted on 07/23/2006 3:12:21 PM PDT by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: NYer

OH MY is he on campus now?! Almost NO actor would make me stop and gawk but this one would.


6 posted on 07/23/2006 3:32:01 PM PDT by Varda
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To: NYer; MikefromOhio
but would he start? Personally, I think Jesus would go to UNC.
For the last six seasons the fans have been shouting out his name, especially after every 3-and-out.
7 posted on 07/23/2006 3:43:42 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: NYer

Where would Jesus go? Vero Beach, of course!


8 posted on 07/23/2006 3:50:03 PM PDT by Candor7 (Into Liberal flatulance goes the best hope of the West, and who wants to be a smart feller?)
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To: Perdogg

I would say Baton Rouge, because out of 90,000+ screaming maniacs on a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, 80,000 are Catholic. But LSU has a QB glut with three top-notch signal callers. I guess BC gets him. ;^)


9 posted on 07/23/2006 4:00:19 PM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: NYer
Let's face it, Jesus is a tough act to follow.

************

I guess.

10 posted on 07/23/2006 4:29:41 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Northern Yankee; Victoria Delsoul
Philosophy with Mr. Caveziel, anyone?

Only as long as I could cram with him for the final :o)

11 posted on 07/23/2006 4:36:56 PM PDT by kstewskis (Hey La Raza and illegals....IDENTITY THEFT IS NOT A VICTIMLESS CRIME!!)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
"I would say Baton Rouge, because out of 90,000+ screaming maniacs on a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, 80,000 are Catholic. But LSU has a QB glut with three top-notch signal callers."

Somehow I see Jesus as the return man.
12 posted on 07/23/2006 4:42:03 PM PDT by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: NYer

I think Jesus would be at Ave Maria University in Florida teaching a class! (or two)


13 posted on 07/23/2006 5:09:15 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sassbox
"There, in the face of controversy and under pressure, Weis did the right thing. He kept his word to that kid on the first call during a game against the University of Washington at Husky Stadium. I was at the game. He told his team to pass to the right. "And in doing the right thing, it wound up being the right thing!

It was a gutsy call because they had the ball on about their own 1 yard line; it could have easily been a safety. God bless Jim Caviezel, maybe his devotion to Christ and His Church can be a positive influence on the students and faculty there,... as well as some of the clergy.

14 posted on 07/23/2006 5:17:26 PM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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To: NYer

Now if Caviezel can get ND to become Catholic....


15 posted on 07/23/2006 5:27:25 PM PDT by franky (Pray for the souls of the faithful departed.)
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To: StJacques
Somehow I see Jesus as the return man.

LOL!!! yes I think you're correct LOL
16 posted on 07/23/2006 5:32:57 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - don't argue with internet people, they are on the internet for a reason)
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To: NYer
Where would Jesus go? Notre Dame

A lot of kids end up going to their Mom's school...

17 posted on 07/23/2006 6:41:41 PM PDT by mikrofon (Catholic BUMP)
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To: kstewskis; Victoria Delsoul
Only as long as I could cram with him for the final :o)

So Victoria, I guess we're getting the coffee?

18 posted on 07/23/2006 6:55:34 PM PDT by Northern Yankee ( Stay The Course!)
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To: MikefromOhio
"LOL!!! yes I think you're correct LOL"

I think it slipped by a lot of people Mike.

And good to see you by the way! I remember posting to you a couple of years ago when you were still MikeinIraq. It's been a while.
19 posted on 07/23/2006 7:52:38 PM PDT by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: StJacques

Hey there how are you doing? :)

I took me a second, because I didn't quite realize that you did INDEED say that :)


20 posted on 07/23/2006 7:56:22 PM PDT by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq - don't argue with internet people, they are on the internet for a reason)
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To: NYer; Candor7; Perdogg

Where would Jesus go?

He already went.

Holy Cross, of course.

(that's not meant as a snarky comment)


21 posted on 07/23/2006 8:02:48 PM PDT by Phsstpok (Often wrong, but never in doubt)
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To: MikefromOhio
"Hey there how are you doing?"

I'm doing ok Mike, thanks for asking. Hope to see you around.
22 posted on 07/23/2006 8:38:18 PM PDT by StJacques (Liberty is always unfinished business)
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To: mikrofon
A lot of kids end up going to their Mom's school...

LOL !!!!!

23 posted on 07/23/2006 9:04:01 PM PDT by It's me
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To: NYer

Mr. Caviezel spoke at our Eucharistic Conference here last fall. Very impressive! Cute, too.

I'm pleased to know that he's got the opportunity to pursue his education further. I love Spanish, myself; had about 18 hours of it college, as well as 5 years in junior high and high school. Great language.


24 posted on 07/24/2006 4:58:01 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Whiskey for my men, hyperbolic rodomontade for my horses.)
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To: NYer

25 posted on 07/24/2006 5:06:49 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: MikefromOhio

That graphic reminds me that soon college football will start, with July being almost over.


26 posted on 07/24/2006 6:18:12 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: NYer

Jesus will forever be a tough act to follow!


27 posted on 07/24/2006 6:20:42 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi

Say "hello" to Richard McBrien and the V Monologues cast while you're there, Jimmy. They probably haven't seen or talked to Jesus in a LONG TIME.

28 posted on 07/24/2006 11:23:07 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Biggirl

"soon college football will start"

We're counting down the days...


29 posted on 07/24/2006 1:31:11 PM PDT by rockthecasbah (Don't wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.)
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To: Phsstpok

Come on. Jesus was always the outcast. He was Jewish but they hated him. If he came back now, the Catholics would hate him. He'd be the rebel and go to Miami. Anyone can see that ;)


30 posted on 07/24/2006 5:35:19 PM PDT by Hurricane Andrew (History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.)
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To: NYer

That's funny. I thought Jesus was CATHOLIC!

(*ducks and runs*)


31 posted on 07/24/2006 7:42:58 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Hurricane Andrew

>> If he came back now, the Catholics would hate him. <<

No, the Catholics wouldn't hate him... What ever made you think that Notre Dame was a Catholic school?


32 posted on 07/24/2006 7:45:52 PM PDT by dangus
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