Have you seen The Island?

ostrov

It's a Russian movie (original title, Ostrov) about a young man who is forced during the war to shoot his captain. Right after the tragedy, he ends up at a monastery and begins a tortured life of repentance, which frequently drives his fellow monks to exasperation. The movie primarily follows the closing chapter of Fr. Anatoly's life. Regarded as a holy man, locals flock to him for his spiritual insight. In one scene a fearful young woman comes to him, hoping somehow for a rationale to … [Read more...]

What a garden can teach us: A lenten reflection

The spiritual side of gardening

I spent some time this weekend gardening. Megan and I recently purchased a new house -- actually, a very old one -- and it was evident that the yard work had slipped. So after mustering up the resolve, we sallied forth with clippers and rakes in hand. And what did we have to show for our efforts besides seven bags of leaves and clippings and one rather large pile of branches and scrub? As I trimmed and pruned and cut and dug, I reflected on how gardening helps us better understand certain … [Read more...]

The gangster, the cardinal, and us

the gangster the cardinal and us

In You've got Mail, Tom Hanks's character says that all of life's questions can be answered by reference to The Godfather. Not quite, but close. For instance, just ask yourself why in a supposedly Christian nation things are so decidedly unchristian. There is a scene in The Godfather: Part III which provides an answer. … [Read more...]


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