I'm watching the Sopranos as I watch this.
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Edie Falco's character, 'Mrs. Carmella Soprano' has a nephew who got shot almost to death, he goes into cardiac arrest in the O.R. and runs to an empty room to pray to Christ.
Now she's telling him to change his life. Mafia Christian.
"I'm gonna pray... like I did the other night... I'm gonna pray from now on."
Having grown up Catholic but Irish and without any mob ties (we had a mob, too, we're just not as good at the organized crime thing and the Italians are more infamous for it), I understand the Italians and their take on Catholicism and God. It's not at all the same thing as I perceive in the Mafiosa and their view of God, at least as portrayed on The Sopranos. (Yes, I know it's a TV show.)
Mafiosa are different than the mainstream Italian, I do believe.
When these people, when they arrive at God, finally do so they have a powerfully 'new' experience, I suspect. After all, they do not live Godly lives.
How does a Mafia chieftain really feel and think about God?
Ah, back to the show. The other guy who was told by the dying kid that a deceased buddy had a message for him is convinced he's going to Hell. 180 degrees, straight down. DOWN. (The kid had an out-of-body 'Hell' experience. He's sure he's going Downtown.)
This other guy, one of the henchmen, he visits a psychic and this guy reveals that all these guys this mafioso has whacked are hanging around him, just waiting for him to come Downtown to them.
He's really freaked.
This has been a very interesting look into the spiritual life of a Mafioso and his crew. Is this how it really happens?
This Philadelphian wonders where John Gotti is. I wonder where Joey Merlino's going. I wonder where he THINKS he's going. I can't IMAGINE John Gotti thought he was going Uptown if he believed in God at all.
To think he was expelled from a rival high school to mine. (He went to Archbishop Ryan HS, I went to Archbishop Wood.)
Well, I didn't get expelled, and I've never been in the mob.
And I'm not in jail - I'm a teacher.
That's the luck of the Irish. =)