Father Gabriel
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Father Gabriel (Character)
from The Mission (1986)

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The Mission (1986)
Gabriel: If might is right, then love has no place in the world. It may be so, it may be so. But I don't have the strength to live in a world like that, Rodrigo.

Altamirano: Tell them they must leave the missions. They must submit to the will of God.
Gabriel: They say it was the will of God that they came out of the jungle and built the mission. They don't understand why God has changed his mind.

Mendoza: Are you laughing at me?
Gabriel: I am laughing because what I see is laughable. I see a coward, a man running from the world.

Mendoza: For me there is no redemption, no penance great enough.
Gabriel: There is. But do you dare to try it?
Mendoza: Do you dare to see it fail?

[Mendoza is repeatedly dragging a load of armor up a cliff as penance for killing his brother]
Fielding: How long must he carry that stupid thing?
Gabriel: God knows.

Gabriel: We are not the members of a democracy, Father. We are the members of an order.

Gabriel: So you're hunting above the falls now, Captain Mendoza?
Gabriel: We're building a mission here. We're going to make Christians of these people!
Mendoza: If you have the time.

Mendoza: Leave me alone. You know what I am.
Gabriel: Yes. You are a mercenary. You are a slave trader. And you killed your brother. I know. And you loved him... although you chose a strange way to show it.

Fielding: Father, he's done this penance long enough, and well, the other brothers think the same.
Gabriel: But he doesn't think so, John. Until he does, neither do I.

Altamirano: The Garden of Eden!
Gabriel: It's a trifle overgrown.

Mendoza: Father, I've come to ask you to bless me.
Gabriel: No. If you're right, you'll have God's blessing. If you're wrong, my blessing won't mean anything.

Gabriel: Come with me to my mission in San Carlos. There's so many distractions in here. It's hard to see anything clearly. I think, that, there your prayers might meet with better fortune. I think, there, God would tell you what it would be good to do. And He'd give you the strength and the grace to do it whatever it costs you.

Mendoza: I want to renounce my vows of obedience.
Gabriel: Get out.
Mendoza: I want to explain...
Gabriel: Get out, Rodrigo. I won't listen to you.
Gabriel: Just you?
Mendoza: No, it's Ralph and John too.
Gabriel: What do you want captain, an honorable death?
Mendoza: They want to live, Father. They say that God has left them, He's deserted them. Has He?
Gabriel: You shouldn't have become a priest.
Mendoza: But I am a priest, and they need me.
Gabriel: Then help them as a priest! If you die with blood on your hands, Rodrigo, you betray everything we've done. You promised your life to God. And God is love!

Gabriel: So, you're hunting above the falls now, Captain Mendoza? We're building a mission here! We're gonna make Christians of these people.
Mendoza: If you have the time.

Altamirano: Why must they fight? Why can't they return to the jungle?
Gabriel: Because this is their home. Did you know this was going to be your decision?
Altamirano: Yes.
Gabriel: Then why did you come, Your Eminence?
Altamirano: To persuade you not to resist the transfer of the mission territories. If the Jesuits resist the Portuguese then the Jesuit order will be expelled from Portugal. And if Portugal, then Spain, France, Italy... who knows? If your order is to survive at all, Father, the missions must here be sacrified.
Altamirano: [a native child talks to Gabriel] What are they saying?
Gabriel: They say they didn't want to go back to the forest because the devil lives there. They want to stay here.
Altamirano: And what did you say?
Gabriel: I said I'd stay with them.

Mendoza: For me, there is no redemption.
Gabriel: God gave us the burden of freedom. You chose your crime. Do you have the courage to choose your penance? Do you dare do that?

Cabeza: Perhaps I'm missing something. I can't see any difference between this and my own.
Gabriel: That is the difference. This plantation is theirs.