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Father Lantom: We have been called upon to question whether the people we thought were fighting for us... were really monsters all along. We are being told that we are not strong... that we are not safe. You do what you have to do. Yet... here we are. Stronger, because we will not accept that we are weak. Safer, because we will not be divided. I am proud of all of you for coming here despite your fears. And I am grateful to you, always... for letting me call myself one of you. Even when the night is darkest...

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Karen Page: Father, what do you do... when you realize that you've lost?

Father Lantom: A man I helped raise as a boy came to see me recently.

Karen Page: Matt.

Father Lantom: I had... I had a choice of evils. He blames me for the ones I chose, for the way his life turned out. I can't argue with him. I just have to find a way to live with it.

Karen Page: Yeah, but how do you live with that? Knowing that you... that you hurt someone like that?

Father Lantom: Well, you have to realize, Karen, that whatever it is that you've done... or haven't done... it can still be redeemed.

Karen Page: Yeah, that's nice, but I'm not so sure that I believe that.

Father Lantom: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." John Lennon said that. Who are we to argue with a Beatle?

Father Lantom (to Karen): Someone once said that everyone is fighting a battle of their own... that you can't see. But sometimes... Sometimes... you can see.

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(Flashback to young Matt...)

Father Lantom: How many fights have you been in this week?

Matt Murdock: How many guys complained?

Father Lantom: None. 'Cause no one wants to admit they got their butt kicked by a blind kid.

Matt Murdock: So you can't prove that I did anything.

Father Lantom: I don't want to, and I don't need to. It's not about proving anything, Matthew. Argumentation is a skill. Being argumentative is a sign.

Matt Murdock: A sign like a prophecy?

Father Lantom: A sign like you're angry, Matthew. That's a perfectly understandable reaction to your situation. But it's not sustainable.

Matt Murdock: Or maybe it's a sign that Sister Dora should stick to teaching math.

Father Lantom: You're good... at arguing and deflecting and denying you're angry to other people. But you're gonna have to deal with your anger, Matthew. Find a way to... harness it. Or it will destroy you.

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Father Lantom: "The Lord sees not as man sees. Man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord... looks on the heart."

Matt Murdock: If you could elaborate, Father.

Father Lantom: Ignoring doesn't change anything, Matthew. God knows your heart. Let him in so he can help.

Matt Murdock: Even if that heart is damaged?

Father Lantom: Especially if it's damaged.

Matt Murdock: I'm not seeking penance for what I've done, Father. I'm asking forgiveness... for what I'm about to do.

Father Lantom: That's not how this works.

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