It was in collective doubt, proclaims Father Flynn, that a sense of community and security was forged. The story addresses doubt as a loss of certainty and security on a variety of levels.
Last year, when President Kennedy was assassinated, who among us did not experience the most profound disorientation? What do I say to my kids? What do I tell myself? It was a time of people sitting together, bound together by a common feeling of hopelessness.
But think of that!
It was a public experience. It was awful, but we were in it together. How much worse is it then for the lone man, the lone woman, stricken by a private calamity? Now you see the world as through a window. On one side of the glass: I want to tell you a story. A cargo ship sank one night.
It caught fire and went down. And only this one sailor survived. He found a lifeboat, rigged a sail…and being of a nautical discipline…turned his eyes to the Heavens and read the stars.
He set a course for his home, and exhausted, fell asleep. And for the next twenty nights, he could no longer see the stars. He thought he was on course, but there was no way to be certain. And as the days rolled on, and the sailor wasted away, he began to have doubts.
Had he set his course right? Was he still going on towards his home? Or was he horribly lost… and doomed to a terrible death?
No way to know. The message of the constellations - had he imagined it because of his desperate circumstance? Or had he seen truth once… and now had to hold on to it without further reassurance?
There are those of you in church today who know exactly the crisis of faith I describe. And I want to say to you: DOUBT can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty. When you are lost, you are not alone. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
A great hand appeared over her and pointed down at her. She was immediately seized with an overwhelming sense of guilt. The next day she went to confession. Should I be asking your absolution? Father, tell me, have I done something wrong? You have borne false witness against your neighbor, you have played fast and loose with his reputation, and you should be heartily ashamed!
Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed.
The wind took them all over.Doubt, A Parable is a play by John Patrick Shanley. Originally staged off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club on November 23, , the production transferred to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway in March and closed on July 2, , after performances and 25 previews.
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The Sermons of Father Flynn (Doubt) Published by Iris in Movies, Memorable Scenes, Favorite Quotes / Passages, Published on 03/02/09 at am using words. - The play “Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley began with a sermon by Father Brendan Flynn, a well liked and enlightened neighborhood priest, who says, "Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty".
Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty Father Flynn in the sermon with which Doubt opens. Doubt has gotten a bad reputation.