A few days ago, while dropping off something at a parish, I overheard part of a conversation between Fr. T--------- and B----- ------, which I'd like to faithfully reproduce here.
... "It's getting crazy Father! The pressure in my head grows daily from these theological arguments between my friends. Pews, jews, homosexual news, contraceptive don'ts and dos, Lenten stews... on and on they go. It's to the point where it hurts to hear them. Really, Father, it literally hurts!"
"I completely understand. I had the same problem when I was younger. Except they were different interests, and people, and responses, and means of communication, but anyway, just trust me, it was the same."
"What did you do? What helped?"
"I came across a very powerful and profound quote, which I have never forgotten since I first learnt it 25 years ago. I was in the library at seminary. It was the only place I could go to escape the 'soulless minions' that plagued my existence at the time. Anyway, as I was reading a long-ignored tome (a shining gem of a book buried in the sand of apathy!) I came across some works by Abba Hezekiah. Perhaps you've heard of him? Oh, what am I saying, of course you have. Anyway, he said something that touched me ever so deeply. He said 'life is pain.' And that's it. That sums it up! We don't need lengthy treatises and commentaries when we have such wisdom in our tradition at hand! In simplicity God speaks to man!"
"Um... but Father... I think that's a line from a movie, not Abba Hezekiah..."
"I think I've seen the movie a number of times. I'm pretty sure."
"Oh. Well it's still profound. What movie was it in? Some documentary about the Jesus Prayer? Oh oh! Ostrov!?"...
At that point I excused myself as I was in danger of being discovered eavesdropping. I'm pulling my hair out trying to figure out what movie it was though.