Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favorite movies (this is coming from someone who finds it impossible to name just one favorite movie/song/type of food, etc.). One of the most choice pieces of dialogue comes during Carmen’s funeral, when the priest gives the following eulogy. I finally paused my way through it to write down the words:

Because the paths to the Lord are inscrutable
Because the essence of His forgiveness
Lies in His word and in His mystery
Because although God sends us the message
It is our task to decipher it
Because when we open our arms
The earth takes in only a hollow and senseless shell
Far away now is the soul in its eternal glory
Because it is in pain that we find the meaning of life
And the state of grace that we lose when we are born
Because God, in His infinite wisdom, puts the solution in our hands
And because it is only in His physical absence
That the place He occupies in our souls is reaffirmed

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