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“Lone Survivor”: The Battle Within the Battle

Envision Films

The new thriller asks some big questions.

Wahlberg says, “and were completely at the mercy of the SEALs and Marcus."

But more importantly, Lone Survivor also glimpses the realism of moral and spiritual truth – a kind of battle within the battle.

We watch a group of men act with mercy on potential enemies, and most of them pay for it with their lives; the Pashtun people likewise risk their own security and peace for a stranger, with no promise of compensation. In both cases, we see people choosing what’s good and just for its own sake, learning in very short order that the moral way is a difficult and sometimes even deadly path.

But what about when our moral choices are seen against the horizon of the supreme good? What about when we open ourselves up to an assent (and ascent) to God?

The same rule, embedded in its source, is only amplified. Fanfare, success, even survival… none of this is the birthright of the belief that God is looking out for us. Not this side of the grave.

On the contrary, Murphy’s quip in the heat of combat – like that mystic’s cry from the mud – reflect the wisdom of Sirach: “My child, when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials … for in fire gold is tested, and the chosen, in the crucible of humiliation.”

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