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…]

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, are such Joyless, Dour, Creatures…

Can’t you tell? Me neither!

High-fives, and smiles, all around!

Guess what else? [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…]

Beware People Bearing Cameras and Microphones Asking Your Opinion About “Our New Pope”


You know, when there isn’t one. You may become a pawn of Jimmy Kimmel Live, like these eager folks. [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…]

Why I’m Not Outraged by Saturday Night Lives’ Blasphemous Skit on “Djesus”

Yawn.

Not that I’m turning cartwheels over it, or anything. Now, I didn’t catch it live last night, but I’ve seen the skit that portrays the risen Lord as a revenge killer in the sanguine style of Quentin Tarentinos’ take on justice. [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…]

For the Faith of St. Paul Miki, and Companions (For All the Saints)

Today is the feast day of St. Paul Miki and his companions. They were martyred in Nagasaki on February 5th in the year 1597.

The story of the martyrs has been made into a film and it’s title is 26 Martyrs. It’s an animated short that will serve as a companion piece to the docu-drama that a number of you have helped to fund: All That Remains. I think you’ll agree that it looks like a “must see” film. [Read more…]

Biography of St. Francis Xavier Shows Up In New York Public Library 55 Years Past Due

Way up on the northern side of the borough of Manhattan, in the town of Washington Heights, New York, the librarians in the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library received a surprise 55 years in the making. [Read more…]

A Message From Your Captain. This Is Only A Test…Do Not Be Alarmed!

I might use this at some point in the future, so please make yourselves familiar with it. Upon hearing this klaxon, all ┬áRed Shirts report to the Transporter Room, and await further instructions.┬áSound General Quarters! [Read more…]