For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies VI: “We Were Soldiers”

This is the rare Lent were there will be seven movies (maybe I was skipping the first Friday before?), so we kind of have a bonus one. Tonight is the bonus film. It’s the war movie that I’ve never seen, based on a book I cursorily looked over back when I was in the Marines. [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies V: Pope Francis’s Favorite Film…

Truth be told, I almost featured this last week. But what with the conclave and all, I chose The Shoes of the Fisherman instead. I’m glad I did, too, as the inner workings of the voting, the making of smoke signals, and the naming of an unlikely Pope all kind of set the stage for the real thing that happened on Wednesday. [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies IV: The Shoes of the Fisherman

Gulp!

The Papal Conclave is upon us, and we’re smack in the middle of a fight for religious liberty. Did I mention North Korea is rattling their nuclear sabre too?

So as the fourth installment of Lenten Friday Night at the Movies gets underway, we’re going to go back to a time when the Cold War was raging, and a new Pope was selected who has more than a little in common with Blessed Pope John Paul II. [Read more...]

To Pray Like Blessed John XXIII, in Youth and Old Age

On a Fall day in the year 1898, an almost 17 year old future Pope wrote the following in his journal, [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies III, Three Colors: Blue

Juliette Binoche ponders her sorrows

As we roll into the third Friday of Lent, I’m in the mood for another film I missed that comes highly acclaimed. Some folks have listed it as one of the best Catholic movies that have ever been made.

If you believe that is a lofty claim, and I confess that I might wonder about this too, Rotten Tomatoes ranks this film at the 100% mark. Wikipedia summarizes tonights’ feature like so, [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies II: The Mission

Jeremy Irons as Father Gabriel, SJ

Last week, Ben Hur was epic, but it had its saccharine sweet, melodramatic moments. Whenever Judah Ben-Hur encountered the Christ, his world stopped, and started.

This week, the world gets tangled, troubled, and we’re left wondering about how the will of God works through our fallenness in this world. [Read more...]

For Your Lenten Friday Night at the Movies I: Ben Hur

Ben Hur has an encounter with the Christ

You’d think I’d be embarrassed to admit that I’ve never watched all of the movies that were awarded the most (11) Academy Awards. There’s a three way tie, you know. Titanic (1997)? Watched it. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)? Watched it. Ben Hur (1959)? [Read more...]

Fr. Pontifex, With a Few Words On Lent…

Well done, as always. [Read more...]

The Only Ones Not Clapping at Pope Benedict XVI’s Last Mass…UPDATED

Swiss Guards Don’t Clap. Ever.

But the rest of us sure were! And we even got a Papal grin in acknowledgement. +:-) [Read more...]


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