Caviezel credits ‘Passion’ role to Medjugorje

by admin on April 5, 2010

Sunday, April 04, 2010

• In February Jim Caviezel made his sixth pilgrimage to Medjugorje and afterwards travelled to Vienna where he gave an interview to Christian Stelzer for the magazine Oase des Friedens. The Croatian translation is published in the latest edition of the Medjugorje parish magazine Glasnik mira.

• Jim, can you tell us how did you hear about Medjugorje?

My wife came to Medjugorje while I was in Ireland, shooting the movie Monte Cristo. Things were not that great although I worked seven days a week. One day she called me, and I could notice in her voice that there was a change. She started talking about Medjugorje, and how one of visionaries was about to come to Ireland. I interrupted her by saying: “Listen, I really have some serious stuff to do. I am not able now to go into anything with any of the visionaries.” Besides that, I thought that as Catholic I do not have to necessarily accept Lourdes or Fatima or Medjugorje. That is how I thought. I remember that in the catholic school I attended earlier in my life, once we heard about Medjugorje we were thrilled, but we found out soon that the local bishop was objecting and considered the apparitions to be false, and so we lost our interest immediately.

The visionary Ivan Dragicevic came to Ireland and I knew straightaway that I would not have time for him, since I had to work all the time. One day my movie partner Jim Harris wasn’t feeling well, so I got the day off and I was able to attend an apparition. I stood at the very back of the packed church and I wasn’t quite sure about what was going on. But when the man next to me in his wheelchair fell down on his knees at the time of apparition I was deeply moved. I thought: this handicapped man, despite all of his pains, is kneeling down on cold stone floor and he is praying! Today I realise it was only God who knew me so well that He knew where exactly He needed to touch me to get my attention!

Although it might sound strange, on the following Sunday I got another day off and I was able to meet with Ivan, which was my wife’s special wish. During the time of apparition I knelt close to him and I said in my heart: “Ok, here I am. I am ready. Do with me what you want.” In the same moment I felt as something was fulfilling me. It was very simple, and yet unique. When I got up, tears were running down my cheeks and I started to cry with all of my heart.

Ivan told me: “Jim, man always finds time for what he loves. If somebody who doesn’t have any time finds a girlfriend and falls in love with her, he will always find time for her. People don’t have time for God because they do not love Him.” And he continued: “God is inviting you to pray with the heart.” I asked him: “How am I supposed to do that?” “By starting to pray”, he replied. In that moment the doors of my heart were opened. I couldn’t even dream about that being possible. We went to restaurant, and I must admit that the wine and food I had was never as tasteful as on that particular night.

Something started to change within me. My wife wanted to teach me on many occasions in the past how to pray the Rosary, but I always refused to learn. Now I wanted to pray but I did not know exactly how to do that. I just felt that my heart was opened. One morning as I was driving to work, I said to the driver that was taking me for filming every day: “I don’t know how you feel about this, but I would want to start to pray the Rosary.” To my amazement, he just replied: “Okay, let’s pray.”

In the warm light of love that I felt within me, I was able to realise where I really was, how many temptations I had, where were my feelings, how weak I was and how strictly I judged other people.

• When did you come to Medjugorje for the first time?

After filming was completed, and that was in Malta, I decided to come to Medjugorje. When I was 20, an inner voice would say to me that I should become an actor. When I spoke about that with my father, he used to say: “If God wants something of you it is for you to become a priest. Why would He want you to become an actor?” I did not understand either at that time.

Again, I asked myself the same question, does God want me to become an actor, to make lots of money and to become rich? I was aware of the imbalance in the world between those who have a lot and those who barely have enough for survival, and I knew that is not what God wanted, and was I to make a choice to seek wealth that does not provide permanent happiness, or to serve God who wants to guide my life?

At that time, Medjugorje reminded me of Bethlehem and I thought, just as Jesus was born in a small place, in the same way the Mother of God is appearing in a poor village in between hills. Those four days I spent in Medjugorje at that time were my turning point. In the very beginning I was still amazed at how much people prayed in Medjugorje. Everything reminded me of basketball camp. There you do not play just one match a day, but continually. The same as in school where you do not read just once a day, but always, repeatedly. In those first days in Medjugorje I felt inner unrest while I was praying, because I was not used to praying that much, and I was asking God to help me. After four days the only thing I wanted to do was to pray. Whenever I prayed I felt connected with God. That was my experience I would wish for every Catholic! Maybe as a child, I felt something similar and I forgot about it. Now it was given to me again.

The same experience continued back at home. In our family we live the sacraments together. As we drive the kids to school we pray the Rosary together. Sometimes when I don’t start to pray my son starts first.

When I came to Medjugorje for second time, I expected to have those first, initial experiences again but it was different. After lunch one day, some pilgrims invited me to go with them to visit Fr Jozo Zovko in Siroki Brijeg. That was also my wife’s desire. I didn’t know Fr Jozo personally, but I was very much impressed by all stories I heard about him. I met with him. He laid his hands on my shoulders. I laid mine on his shoulders. He laid his hands on my head. I laid mine on his head. In that moment I felt the words within me: “I love you, my brother. This man loves God.” Fr. Jozo spontaneously turned towards his interpreter and asked her who I was and said that he wanted to talk to me. That was beginning of a lasting friendship.

That was the time immediately after we finished shooting the “Passion”, and at that time I was able to experience all conflicting forces within me regarding that movie.

• Can you tell us why felt that way, and what was the connection between that movie and Medjugorje?

You are probably familiar with expression “to cross the rubicon”. That means it is not possible to go back, you reach the point of no return. The “Passion” was such a rubicon for me. When shooting started, I was 33 years old, just like Jesus. I always wondered if I was even worthy to play Jesus. Ivan Dragicevic encouraged me and said that God does not always necessarily choose the best, which is something he sees in his own situation. If it wasn’t for Medjugorje I wouldn’t have ever agreed to take that part because it was in Medjugorje that my heart opened to prayer and to the sacraments. If I wanted to play Jesus I knew I needed to be very close to him. Every day I went to confession and I attended Eucharistic Adoration. Mel Gibson was coming to Holy Mass as well with the condition that Holy Mass was in Latin. That was good because in that way I learned Latin.

There were always new temptations from which I needed to defend myself, and in those inner battles I used to feel great inner peace – for instance, in the scene where the Mother of God approaches me, and I say to her: “Look, I make everything anew.” We repeated that scene four times and I felt every time that I was standing too much in the forefront. Then somebody hit the cross and my left shoulder was dislocated. Due to that sudden and sharp, intense pain, I lost balance and I fell under the weight of the cross. I hit the dusty ground with my face and the blood gushed forth suddenly from my nose and mouth. I repeated the words Jesus said to His mother: “Look, I make everything anew.” My shoulder was in incredible pain when I took the cross again and felt how precious it was. At that point, I stopped acting and you could only see Jesus. He came forward as to the answer to my prayers: “I want people to see you, Jesus, not me!”

Thanks to continuous prayer of the Rosary – I can’t begin to tell how many Rosaries I said during the time of shooting – I was able to experience a special grace. I knew I wasn’t supposed to use bad language, I knew I couldn’t be rude if I wanted to say something to members of the crew. Most of them did not know about Medjugorje, they were all great actors and we were lucky to get them. But how was I to bring Medjugorje to them, if not by my own life? Medjugorje for me means to live the sacraments and be in unity with the Church. Thanks to Medjugorje I started to believe that Jesus was really present in the Eucharist and that he forgives my sins. Through Medjugorje I experienced how the Rosary is a powerful prayer and what a gift we have when we attend Holy Mass every day.

How could I help other people to increase their faith in Jesus? I realised that this can only happen if Jesus is present in me through the Eucharist, and so people would see Jesus through my life. When we were shooting the scene of the Last Supper I had an inner pocket made in my clothes where I placed some relics of saints and a relic of Christ’s Cross. I had strong desire for Jesus to be really present and so I asked the priest to expose the Blessed Sacrament. At first, he did not want to do that, but I was persistent in asking because I was positive that people would recognise Christ more if I myself was looking at Him. The priest was standing with the Blessed Sacrament in his hands next to cameraman and together with him, he approached me. When people watch the movie and see a shimmer in my eyes, they are not aware that they really see Jesus, a reflection of the consecrated Host, in my eyes. The same was in the scene of Crucifixion: the priest was there, he held the Blessed Sacrament in his hands and I prayed all the time.

The biggest challenge in the movie was not, as I originally thought, to memorise all the texts in Latin, Armenian or Hebrew, but all those physical efforts I needed to overcome. During the last scene, my shoulder was sprained and it became dislocated every time somebody hit the cross. While we filmed the scenes of the scourging, I was twice caught by those whips and I had 14cm wound on my back. My lungs were full of fluid and I had pneumonia. Chronic sleep deprivation should be added to that, since for months I had to get up at 3.00 in the morning because make-up would take almost eight hours.

Another special challenge was the cold weather, temperatures hardly above zero, which was especially difficult to endure in the Crucifixion scene. My whole costume was made of one single piece of light fabric. While we were shooting the last scene, the clouds were very low and lightning struck the cross to which I was tied. Suddenly everything was silent around me and I felt my hair standing on edge. About 250 people who were around me saw my whole body being illuminated and they all saw fire on the left and on the right side of me. Many were shocked at what they saw.

I know that the “Passion” is movie of love, maybe one of the greatest of such movies. Jesus today is subject of many controversies, more than ever before. There are so many factors that threaten this created world, but faith in Jesus is the source of joy. I think God is calling us in a special way in this time, and we need to answer that call with our whole heart and whole body.

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

renato April 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience.
I just saw again the movie, and can’t wait to play it again, now with much more interest
for the human effort and pain it has caused. This is probably one of its secrets!

stella jayawardene April 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

This is so amazing. I think God wanted to show His Son’s passion through someone like Jim. I wish more people would read this article. I am trying to email this to my friends. Thank you for posting this article.

Mary Rigdon April 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Powerful witness! I watched the movie this past week and will watch it again now. Have visited Medjugorje ten times and been present several times when Mary appeared to Ivan. I wish eveyone could experience that holy place.

elizabeth April 23, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Thank you, Jim…for your courage and sincere testimony thru a media(tv & internet) that today’s culture is tapped into. May God bless you and this effort to reach all.

Merv April 27, 2010 at 12:17 am

What a wonderfull and powerful witness you have shown to the world Jim. You are certainly blessed, keep up the good work. Having been myself to Medjugorje six times, I know from my own experience what you have witnessed and seen.
God is certainly working through you Jim. God Bless

Christine April 27, 2010 at 7:23 am

Jim, you are an amazing actor, and I can’t help but wonder if God is calling you to be part of a documentary or film about Medjugorje. Many have been done over the past years, but I think you would bring a very unique perspective. Have you ever considered this?

Vinny May 3, 2010 at 11:59 am

Jim
How powerful your witness is, I met you in Medjugorje with your wife some years back six months before the release of the passion. You sat at our table during dinner in Columbos and I always remembered you for your quietness, humility and peacefulness, an inspiring man, and a beautiful actor.

Thanks,

Vinny (Ireland)

Tasha(USA) May 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm

The mercy and love of Jesus shines beautifully through your testimony and it is very evident in the movie. I too have been to Medjugore ( only once. )It is truly a life changing experience as is The Passion Of the Christ. I attended the the viewing of this film in company with 25 of my fellow parishioners, when it was first released, and the presence of the holy spirit in the theater was beyond description. Thank you for responding to God’s will for your life’s work!Many souls have been touched.

Gloria B. Rodriguez May 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Thank you Jim, I had the pleasure of meeting you in Corpus Christi, Texas a year after ‘The Passion’, Hopefully I was the only nut to ask you to sign the Bible. You refused of course,however; I thought it would be okay since I have only used this bible for study/class and I had so many notes written in it. My life has change tremendously and my conversion began while sitting at a theater watching ‘The Passion’. When Jesus was on the cross an amazing thing happened to me. I felt while Christ was on the cross I was the only one in the theater. He was being crucified for me, alone. This experienced was then followed by a dream I later had that Jesus commanded me to stay close to him. And I have. I am preparing for a pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes in September 2010, maybe soon I will go to Medjugorji. Thank you so much for your sacrifices you have made. God bless you Jim,in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Renata June 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm

What a beautiful and so powerful testimony!!! Glory to God!!!
May God bless you and your family!

Renata
Houston, TX

Eric June 29, 2010 at 12:56 pm

As I read this im in tears as i realize how far from God ive been. I dont know why im here right now other than im supposed to be…I ask that anyone who ever reads this comment prays for me and my wife and two little girls for as king as this is remembered.

nicolas June 30, 2010 at 7:16 am

JIM, I SAW THE MOVIE MORE THAN 8 TIMES AND EACH TIME I LEARN SOMETHING NEW. I WAS WITH MY WIFE IN MEDJUGORGE IN JUNE 2001 FOR THE FIRST TIME.AND SINCE THAT TIME I AM ALWAYS FEELING THAT SOMEONE IS NEAR ME, ALWAYS WITH ME. OUR LADY IS WITH ME. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND I WISH EVERYBODY TO FEEL WHAT I FELT THERE.

Isel Iglesias Garcia July 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I think I may be one of the few who
did not see the movie, so I started to read your
article without knowing who you were. I could
not help to cry all the way . Thank you for acting
on your faith, and showing your passion for
Christ. I am going to see the movie for Sure.
May God’s. Kingdom be with you.

CGMAR July 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I watched the movie once and I want to thank you for your temoignage, the revelation of your love for Jesus Christ.

Charibel in sin city July 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Jim,
I have your videos from EWTN, and 2 copies of the DVD. I have watched all of them innumerable times and have been touched every time by our Lord Jesus Christ’s message of love and redemption. Thank God for your realistic portrayal of Him.

I also sat behind you many times at St. Jude’s church in Thousand Oaks before I moved with my son to Las Vegas. I know you not only played our Lord in the movie, but I also had a sense that (paraphrasing Mother Angelica . . . ) “you may be the only Christ so many may have or will ever come across in their lives” and, you do this because of the way you live your life.

I continue to pray that our Lord will continue to use this movie and you to draw many of our separated brothers close to Him.

God bless you and your family,
Charibel

Annette in Texas July 27, 2010 at 10:48 am

How deeply your words have touched my heart! I knew the first time (and every Holy Thursday or Good Friday) I watched “The Passion” that Our Lord was so precisely characterized and now I know why!! I have faith that everone who reads your testimony will strengthen their commitment to become closer to Our Lord. I had gone to Medjugorje in 2007. There has been no peace on earth as compared to the peace I felt sitting beside the Blue Cross during Our Blessed Mother’s appearance! I now close my eyes when I pray and return to that place for solitude. What an inspiring idea someone had about you possibly being involved with a commentary on Medjugorje! May God continue to bless you and your family!

David Burkovich August 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

May God Bless You…..May God Bless Us All……especially those who are far from Him.

evelyn kumar August 26, 2010 at 9:11 am

DEAR JIM
THANKS ALOT FOR YOUR ARTICLE IT REALLY MOVED ME. WITH
SO MUCH HAPPENING IN THIS WORLD AT LEAST WE HAVE OUR LORD AND HIS BLESSED MOTHER TO COMFORT US. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN. I DID WATCH YOUR MOVIE IN THE THEATRE AND WATCHED OTHERS WHO WERE PRACTICALLY WEEPING. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN

Patricia Rose Prohach September 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Praise and thanks be to God!

It is time to get back to God, people have forgoten Him,
Our nation has to ask for forgiveness, for killing our own.
We have to humble our selves and get down on our knees and pray,pray,pray Thanks for being you Patricia

Christine Cautillo September 9, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Hi Jim,

Thank you for your words spoken with the heart. God, our Father uses us with the talents He gave us for His glory. You trusted not in yourself but in Jesus to guide you through your movie. By your testimony of the movie and Medjugorje I thought how we need to live every second of every moment carefully and with Jesus. I found that the closer one becomes to being in union with Jesus, the more we deal with greater temptation. God permits this to test us to our limits and help us grow through our own personal suffering and cross. I learned that one of Jesus’ most agonizing wounds was His shoulder, so it makes me smile to think that your shoulder hurt so badly on set. Jesus is truly with us every second and we have become so oblivious and distracted by our senses and pleasures of self to experience Jesus. Thank you for your role played as Jesus and for openning your heart so that Jesus could be seen. May Jesus and the Blessed Mother Mary keep you close and use you for God’s glory. No matter what the trials are, stay close to Jesus and Mary. God bless you and your family,
Christine

Marielle Mellet October 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm

God Bless you Jim, this only proves that you can be a Witness of Jesus in whatever place in the world you are. In your case, it is even stronger because the film industry is usually far from God. We are a Catholic family in Peru, I have been blessed with a pilgrimage to Medjugorje in 2003 and will never forget the feeling of touching a piece of Heaven I experienced there. Please pray for us and our 5 children (2 biologic and 3 adopted from Ukraine last year) and we will also pray for you and your family.
Marielle

Mary Lou in Torrance October 7, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the movie and Medjugorje. I just finished reading Wayne Weible’s book “The Message.” It’s an amazing story of one man’s search for the truth, which he found in Medjugorje. Deeply touching. Now my goal is to visit this holy place. I am 73 years old and I know I won’t be able to travel too much longer, but that is one place I’m visiting for sure. I’ve been to Lourdes and Fatima and loved them both. Bless you Jim for your open and loving thoughts about your love for Jesus.

sheila October 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Thanks for the beautiful testimony. I just returned from a pilgrimage to Medjugorje. I agree it is like Bethlehem, and Our Blessed Mother is again presenting her Son to the world!

angela fecci October 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm

i am so blessed to have read this. thankyou;

Laraine soltysiak October 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

JIM, I HEARD YOU SPEAK IN GRAND RAPIDS, MI. THE ROOM WAS FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS YOU SPOKE.
THANK YOU FOR THAT WONDERFUL EVENING. I ENJOYED HEARING ABOUT MEDUGORJE , I HAVE BEEN THERE NINE TIMES. I JUST RETURNED HOME OCT 14. OUR LADY IS SO PRESENT TO US AT THIS TIME. I HAVE BEEN CALLED TO PRAY FOR MEL GIBSON. I DO HOPE HE RETURNS TO THE SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH, IF HE IS AWAY. THE LORD IS ALWAYS CALLING HIS CHILDREN BACK. I THANK YOU AND YOUR WIFE FOR THE WONDERFUL EXAMPLES YOU HAVE SHONE ME AND MY FAMILY . MAY JESUS AND OUR LADY CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THANKS AGAIN FOR THE PASSION.

Carole Gray November 13, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I saw The Passion and thought the only time your shoulder was dislocated was during the process of nailing to the cross. To know how you suffered long before that and continued to show us Jesus, even through your pain, is a true testament. I cannot add anything to what the others have already posted so eloquently. Just know that you and Mel Gibson have my profound gratitude for making this film. I also pray for his reconversion, if that has not already happened. Maybe some day, I will be able to go to Medjugorje, too. I hope so.

Much love in Christ to you and your family.

Carole Gray
Kansas

Stella November 19, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Thank you for your most inspiring testimony about your part in the Passion. You have informed a numerous number of people including myself
that you not only acted in the film but actually participated in the Passion of
Christ.
I also wanted to say from a personal experience recently that the Rosary
and prayer does not go unanswered if it’s God’s will.
I always pray for God’s and Our Lady’s protection of everyone I know and mention specifically my family to keep them close to God, away from evil
and danger. Just recently my daughter was in a horrific car accident – the police officer at the scene said:”it was a miracle ” she and her friend came out
of it practically unhurt. He also said:”if you don’t go to church, You should definitely start now”. You can imagine how thankful I am to Our Lord and Our Lady for that amazing grace.

May God bless you and your family and keep you away from danger.

Stella,P
Bayside, N.Y.

Mary December 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

WOW!! How moving!!

Jetta December 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Thank you for sharing the movie and Medjugorje with us Jim! It is very beautiful. Like yourself, I too believe in the Holy Rosary and The Divine Mercy Chaplet wholeheartedly. They are wonderful prayers! I haven’t seen ‘The Passion’ and so I will buy the movie and view it. My mother who is in her eighties has travelled to Medjugorje serveral times and recently she told me she going there again this coming summer. I know in my heart that someday I will travel there too. I’d like to share with you a story she told me….she said her and her grandson were watching a cartoon on television one day when suddenly in bold gold letters the “QUEEN OF PEACE” appeared from the lower left hand corner of her television screen. She said they began to travel from the left-hand side of her television screen, across the top of the screen and down the right-hand side of the screen and with that she got and ran for her rosary beads and proceeded to say the Rosary. I told her she witness a miracle in her own home. May the Lord keep you in His loving presence forever!

Melinda Young December 30, 2010 at 11:44 am

What a beautiful Blessing to carry Jesus Cross in the Passion that is a very special Blessing from Jesus and Our Lady. You have great faith. Thank you for your beautiful story and God Bless you and your Family.

Christine January 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

This comment is in reply to Eric’s comment of June 26,2010.
Eric we are praying for you and your family. Please remember
that it’s never too late to get closer to God. He is waiting for you
with open arms to welcome you and your family back.
God bless you.

Anne Price January 24, 2011 at 3:24 am

How wonderful to read this. I must admit i couldn’t watch the film. I did try but the scourging upset me, it seemed to go on forever and all i thought about was poor Jesus what he went through. Maybe i should try to watch again. Its wonderful to hear your story. I to have been to Medjugorje several times and the feeling of spirituality you get there is wonderful indeed. Thank you

susy March 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

God bless you, Jim and thank you for sharing this wonderful testimony. There is no doubt in my mind that all this is real, specially because you asked Jesus for people to see HIM and not you, the actor. He always listens, we just need to ask.

Jean April 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I agree with Susy. What a wonderful testimony. Your love for Jesus shows through in the movie. I saw the movie in the theater and, yes, it was hard to watch. I bought the movie as soon as it first came out and I watch it every Good Friday. It is still hard to watch. Thank you and God bless you.

Clara April 25, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Dear Jim:

Thank you for being a witness for Jesus. My husband and I watched your interview on EWTN and I also taped it. We also saw the Passion and I shivered the whole time! I have the movie now and I had planned on watching it during Holy Week, but had to have some medical tests done.. I’ve been to Medjugorje three times, the first time was with my son, who died in his sleep, but was changed by Our Lady and I was healed from a break of my clavical. My second trip was with my husband, I was praying the 54 day rosary and praying for him, who had not been to the Sacraments for 37 years, but was changed on his first day there, and I was healed of an illness that I had had for over 30 years. My third trip, was a message I received from Jesus after Communion, and was confirmed when I got home. I’m 81 now, and everyday I visit Medjugorje again, I feel that’s my home. I’ve been a widow for seven years, and remarried, but I can’t get him to that wonderful, peaceful place, but I’m still praying to Our Mother. Thank you, Jim for this wonderful witness, I will save it with my documents. God bless!

Jeanne McMillen May 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm

I was in Medjugorje just after the war with a group led by Wayne Weibel. I did not see many of the physical signs that were seen by almost all that were there, but I did hear the choir singing upon our arrival in the bus, and saw the sun pulsing with lights. But since that time I have a burning desire for the Mass and to be close to our Lady. You are just across the Sound from where I live and I pray that you and all the members of the Movie, including Mel, will have their faith increased and be faithful to the truth of God’s Love for us.

Ottavio Lo Piccolo May 25, 2011 at 11:15 am

Jim,
Thank you for sharing this esperience with us. One thing I have always liked about you, unfortunately just as an actor, is the fact of your calming presence in most of your movies. Now, after reading your testimony, I know where that comes from! By the way, thank you for narrating the CD: Heaven Speaks to Young Apostles. I’m an itenerant ESL teacher and between my school building travels I listen to it often. I love listening to these words. You make them come alive. God Bless you! Your peaceful acting will surely bring many people back to God!

Susan June 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

Thank-you for this witness. I had no idea of your spiritual journey until I read this. Watching the Passion is a Lenten tradition in my house. I wondered at your “performance” as it touched the heart so. Of course it is now obvious that you were in the hands of the Holy Spirit. How blessed you were to have suffered for Him! When I am in prayer the scene when you meet the Blessed Mother comes to me all the time. “Look I make everything anew”

anthony jacobs July 21, 2011 at 6:13 am

I had the movie a few years ago , but borrowed it to my brother and never returned it to me , all I can say is the best christian movie I have ever seen , it gave me goose bumps and wanted to cry. Just the thought of seeing Jesus going through so much pain and agony is heartbreaking for any person. I can watch the movie over and over again.

Simon Murphy September 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

Thanks Jim, it’s great to know you were so inspired to show Christ’s love as you played his part in the movie. It caused much controversy in Australia but it at least got some people (like me!) thinking about God and the love he showed us through his Son and Mother. I did wonder about you and how your life would be after the movie given what has happened to other actors who’ve played Christ over the years. I can’t help but feel that Mel (Gibson) has been attacked because he had the courage to make the film either. It seems Satan tries to wreck averything good if he can. May we all pray with renewed hearts for the Kingdom to reign on earth!

naenette hechanova September 28, 2011 at 4:24 pm

My heart filled with joy and sorrow. A joy I could hardly explain , my eyes tears running , my heart is subbing, the feelings that I hard to imagine, this moment while reading your testament James I am trembling crying and the only thing I did is to hug and kiss the Crucifix on my altar and ask Jesus to allow me to receive His Body the Holy Eucharist everyday. I felt tremendous sorrow while reading because I could feel the pain what Lord Jesus Sacrifice because of all my sins. Thank you James

nenette hechanova September 28, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Touch my heart My Lord Jesus

nenette hechanova September 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Jim,
Thank you to a wonderful testimony, I had watch the movie The Passion of Christ more than a dozen and want to watch it always , I had gone to Medjugore once only but I wanted to come back with all my friends with me. Yes it is true that we are seeing Jesus in this movie The Passion Of The Christ, and every move and every words comes out on your mouth is like a thunder on our ears while watching the movie even the marrow of our bones are shivering. Oh My God this movie is real, there is a great miracle inside it. May the heart of all who had watch it be converted to Love God above all.

Donna Ashley October 25, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Jim,

It means a lot to me to have read your testimony of your experience in Medjugorie and how your heart was opened to praying the Rosary and to the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. I will have to watch the movie again knowing you were looking at our Lord..when I watched the movie, I could just tell you believed and His love flowed thru you. I have never been to Medjugorjie, but it is very special to me. Fr Jozo had come to Belmont in NC and spoke on our Lady and Medjugorjie. He blessed my Rosary that are very special to me.
It means so much to know of your love for our Lord and the Church and that your family prays together! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It means so much!

Donald Hofer December 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

A member of the parish that I cantor at in Vermont went to Medjugorjie and gave me a rosary from there as a gift. I began saying it every morning and recently every evening also. I also remember hearing that the Blessed Mother at one of the visions answered a question about the fact that many people do not have the time in their busy schedules to pray. She answered that all people have the time to say – an Our Father, a Hail Mary, an a Glory be to the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, seven times during the day. She was so right no matter how busy I am going from one place to another I do that. It makes me feel so close to the Lord and Her, it brings joy to my heart even on the most trying of days. I hope more people try it!

Mandy Melbourne Australija 26 jan,2012 January 25, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Thank you JIM for opening your heart to JESUS so many people will blessed by your testimony and movie PASSION OF CHRIST may GOD bless you and your family,GOD IS LOVE.

Tina Beevors-Hall April 14, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Dear Jim, I really think your role as Jesus,in The Passion , is as close as anyone could get to the actual events.Perhaps you and Mel Gibson could do another on the life of Christ and also on the early Christian church. Tina Beevors-Hall.Brisbane,Australia.April 2012.

PHANIE BENITEZ May 1, 2012 at 12:24 pm

What a wonderful sharing and affirmation Jim….THANK YOU and GOD BLESS you and your whole Family…You were so perfect with the Jesus role…

Valentino June 27, 2012 at 7:34 am

Jim,

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. God has chosen you through your work to help people transform or strengthen their faith. You can impact and reach more people than if you had become a priest. Please continue my brother in faith. I plan to watch the “Pasion ” again. Yes, the rosary is our answer and we as a nation must pray,pray and ask God to enlighten those priests that wait for Rome’s approval regarding Medjugore. God bless you Jim Caviezel. You must recognize your calling. Please continue the promotion of movies that reach out and open the closed hearts and minds of the world. Your work is blessed and please,please continue along with Mel and Sheen ( stigmata ) God Bless.

Mary Cecile Sarte July 15, 2013 at 3:28 am

Wow! I was really moved by your testimony Jim. I never knew….
I recently visited Medugorje in June 2013 for the first time and experienced the “miracle of the sun” as it appeared to be spinning and was looking like it was about to come down closer to me where I felt I could almost touch it. It was perfectly shaped like a bright Eucharistic Host. It was quite amazing I knew there was definitely something holy there, God’s presence you can feel. I want to go back there again and again. Thank you for sharing.

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