The world of The Irishman is a deeply moral one, with a strong sense of retribution and justice, but without much hope of reconciliation or redemption for its central characters.
We prefer to think that evil is something “bad people” do, and that these bad people are easily recognizable. We see a mug shot on the news and say “Oh, he looks like a child molester, like a mass shooter, like a serial killer, like a bad person. Or as often as not today we think of evil as that perpetrated only by our political opposites. We describe such people as “inhuman” or “deplorable”, descriptors that gives us the relief of distance. The guise evil wears is, of course, always that of someone else.
Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan loved to shock people. "Hello, suckers," she was famous for saying as she entered her club each night.
For many years I skimmed over the Sermon on the Mount as an example of Jesus’ hyperbolic teaching without engaging it as a key to a deeper relationship with God.
What the Book of Ruth can teach about our prayers for the dead.
In Romans 8, St. Paul develops the contrast between present sufferings and future glory.