Silence is an endurance test for the mind and the heart. It is also a challenge to ones faith and religious beliefs, to any audience member, as much for the characters of the film, no matter what you practice. I believe, in many ways, that I am the perfect judge for a film like Silence. I was raised a catholic, and as it turned out, more by circumstance than direct choice, I attended catholic schools my entire life of education. After I finished college, I experienced many conflicting life issues that pushed me over the edge to losing my religion, where I found solace in an agnostic and atheist viewpoint. In Silence, the newest from auteur and directing legend Martin Scorsese, it has been decades in the making, and it is nothing short of a masterpiece.