All Saints Day: HDO #10

October 29, 2007

Practically speaking, it is incorrect to call All Saints Day “Holy Day of Obligation #10”. There are ten universal holy days of obligation and All Saints is the last in the liturgical calendar, but for various reasons there are only a few that require you get up early, skip lunch, or stay up late on a weekday. When was the last time you were obliged to celebrate the Church’s own version of President’s Day in commemoration of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 29th? In fact, for the 2007 calendar year there are only 4 HDOs (or is it HDsO) we take note of. One celebrates the birth of Our Lord, two are for Our Lady, and the last is for people basically like you and me, but who lived exceptionally holy lives, did exceptionally holy things, and died in an exceptionally holy state.

If you would ever like to be remembered on an HDO, All Saints Day is the only holyday I’m aware of that is still accepting new members; exclusive though it may be. All the other ones are basically closed for trading. There’s no way anyone is edging in on Saint Joseph’s Day and in the Catholic Church we don’t make holydays to honor ourselves (think Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays…). If you ever want to claim All Saints Day as your own you have to earn it. The people who have are exceptional, but the road they took to get there is simple. It’s kind of like a Rubik’s Cube: conceptually simple to learn, difficult to complete. And I haven’t seen any videos on YouTube explaining how to solve the path to sanctity in under 30 seconds.

If you’re interested in how difficult it really is to become a saint I recommend reading the lives of the saints. You’ll find that sinners and slackers, antipopes and atheists were able to give their “yes” to God. In fact, your normalcy might be your biggest liability. Take St. Rose of Lima, for example.

Only the Lover Sings: A Patron Saint for Claude Rains

The similarities between St. Rose of Lima and the Phantom of the Opera are uncanny. As a young girl in Peru, Rose found herself irresistibly drawn to a life of prayer, but she discovered that playing with Playmobil and Pet Rocks (or whatever Peruvian children played with) was a great distraction from her Celestial Lover. Very early in her life she realized that if she was to devote herself completely to God she would have to build a shack out of leaves and branches and live as a hermit behind her parents’ home. For many years she was able to live unfettered by worldly desires until the local teenage boys realized she had become quite attractive. Unable to bear the new attention, in an effort to squelch any lovers’ quarrels (permanently), she burned her face with lye. Disfigured and rejected by the world, she dedicated herself to her Love who sees past all masks into one’s inner beauty. She was never able to take vows as a nun and be a true spouse of the Lord, but she did become a Third Order Dominican. The moral of this story is that you have to be decisive if you want to be a saint.

While the requirements to become a saint have never changed (and you can read about them here), the likelihood of being recognized as a saint is better now than at any other time in the Church. The last 50 years have seen a great increase in the number of laypeople receiving canonization. Pope John Paul II canonized and made “blessed” more people than all the other popes combined. And it certainly isn’t because we somehow became holier in recent history. Rather, the slipping holiness among laypeople en masse has called for a greater number of saintly examples that more accurately reflect the kind of lives we should be living. It is no longer necessary to levitate in meditation, find water in the desert, or burn your face for people to take notice. Say, “Yes!” to God, “No!” to the world, and in another 50 years we may be honoring you on November 1. Until then, see you at Mass!

Welcome New Advent Readers

October 28, 2007

Thanks for stopping by and visiting our blog.

Don’t forget to bookmark our site and check back for more interesting posts.

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You might also want to wander over to our on-line store – the largest Catholic selection on the Internet. If you haven’t purchased your Christmas cards or you are looking for some other gifts (15% off rosaries until November 1st), our site is the place to find them.  My family thanks you for the time!

Material Cooperation With Planned Parenthood

October 27, 2007

Obviously, we have some Catholics who haven’t gotten the hint that working with Planned Parenthood is akin to building ovens at Auschwitz. A construction company whose Senior VP is Catholic has refused to back down on building the largest Planned Parenthood abortuary in the country here in Denver. The owner said that money is not the primary motivation for taking the project which leaves…what as the reason?

I think the Weitz Construction Company could use some polite phone calls reminding them that they are cooperating with evil. (303) 860-6600

H/T New Advent.

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Theology of the Body for Teens FAQ

October 27, 2007

We have posted a very lengthy FAQ about the Theology of the Body for Teens series including background on TOB, the authors and in depth information about the program. It’s the only program of its kind and would be a great resource for any parish or family.

Rosary Sale!

October 27, 2007

Yep, 15% off everything in our Rosary category until November 1st in honor of the Month of the Rosary.

Not familiar with the Rosary?You can learn more about what the Rosary is and how to pray the Rosary at our store.

Homosexuals Just Want to be Left Alone (Part 3)

October 25, 2007

In England you are no longer allowed to be a foster parent unless you promote homosexuality.

More examples of wanting to just be left alone here and here.

A Catholic perspective on sexuality.

A Note From Eduardo Verastegui About Bella (and some PR)

October 25, 2007

I am so overwhelmed with joy by the support we have received all year, and most of all this week. Finding investors to finance “Bella” was the first miracle, the film completed was the second. The third and biggest miracle was
when “Bella” Won the Toronto Film Festival, but the most touching of all has been traveling the country and meeting all of you, and your support this week has been inspirational.

We have hundreds of theatres pre-sold and many supporters are buying a 100 tickets for family, and others 10,000 to bless a whole city, anything to adopt these theatres, all in support of our film and it’s message.

I want you to know how grateful I am, and I hope when it comes out in theatres this Friday, you can sit in that chair, watch it on the big screen and know you were part of a miracle in action. It is a beautiful film that to me was created by something bigger then us all, and I will never forget all of the passion, support and life this film has inspired.

If you can walk with me just a few more weeks and help us get the word out so this film can get it’s place in time and into the hearts and minds of as many people possible.

I have pasted below ways in which you can help, most of all by adopting a theatre or asking others to co-adopt a theatre.

Every email you send, blog you post, call you make, has a tremendous impact. As we all work together amazing things are happening.

God Bless,

Eduardo Verastegui
p.s. I am amazed by the unending genorocity of the people we have met through Bella. A young girl who can not afford her own rent, took all of her savings to adopt a theatre.
p.s. Our group sales Director says she has never seen anything like this. This is a testament to you.


1. Adopt a theatre opening weekend Oct 26 or the next weekend

a. 1 person buys 300 tickets

c 10 people buy 30 tickets

Give to family, churches or organizations
You can adopt a market as well buying 4200 tickets

2. Email us your e-mail list so we can send out our special movie mails
(email back to me))

3. Blog, post and message people about
4. Send email below to your email list and ask others to do the same

Film “Bella” in theatres this week – October 26

The story behind the making of the new movie, “Bella” is unbelievable!!!

…I know many of them and they deserve our support for making a movie that is transforming peoples lives. A group of first time filmmakers took a huge leap of faith to tell this beautiful story and miraculously won People’s Choice Award in Toronto, which is often an indicator of future Academy Award nominations, with past recipients including best picture winners & nominees “Chariots of Fire”, “American Beauty”, “Life is Beautiful”, “Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon”, “Hotel Rwanda” among others.

After seeing the film Producer Steve McEveety (Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ) signed on as the Executive Producer of “Bella” to help market the film and it is coming out nationwide Oct 26th.

Here is an article describing their release.

There are other articles & videos at:

By forwarding this email to your entire list, we show our support for quality films that celebrate the best of the human spirit and inspire people to live for others and to build a better world.

At the same time we will encourage filmmakers to create more beautiful films like it.

We need to support our friends who are working hard for us in Hollywood because if we don’t the market will continue to be flooded with films that don’t have the beauty that “Bella” has. If the film has a big opening weekend it will go into even more theatres next
week and touch more lives… so please try to turn out this week on opening weekend, Oct 26th.

I think the below email from my friend says it all.

Please pass this email on to everyone you know!




CNN – Ana Maria Montero

“Powerful and moving… a true inspiration.”

A romantic drama….Mexican director Alejandro Gomez Monteverde’s Bella tells the story of two people whose lives converge and turn upside down on a single day in New York. It has won the People’s Choice Award, which is often an indicator of future Academy Award nominations.

TORONTO (Reuters) – “Bella,” a romantic drama by Mexican director Alejandro Monteverde, was the surprise winner of the top award at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday….. The prize is often an indicator of future Academy Award nominations, with past recipients including best picture winners “American Beauty” and “Chariots of Fire.”Last year’s winner, “Tsotsi,” won an Oscar for
best foreign-language film. “I really hope that this is not a dream and that I don’t wake up at film school,” a visibly surprised Monteverde said at an awards ceremony. “This festival is my first festival, it’s my first film. It’s my first everything.”

A man whose life is about to be changed forever discovers that sometimes it takes losing it all to finally appreciate the things that truly matter in director Alejandro Monteverde’s emotional tale of self discovery.

~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide Click link below to view actual article You can get NY Times article by going to this link.

I am very pleased that the Toronto Film Festival chose “Bella” to win their top audience award over the weekend…. It’s incredibly charming, with terrific performances by Tammy Blanchard and Mexican star Eduardo Verastegui and Manny Perez. It’s directed by Alejandro Gomez Monteverde. It’s too easy to say this is the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” of this season, because “Bella” is far more complex and sophisticated while losing none of the humor. Whoever decides to release “Bella” will have a nice little hit on their hands. The freshness and lack of affectation in “Bella” must have appealed to audiences who had to endure a number of big-name films that seemed contrived, stale or calculated. You can get read the article by going to this link.


TORONTO — A trio of Mexicans triumphed at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday when their U.S. independent drama “Bella” captured the People’s Choice Award, voted on by festival audiences…. “These Mexican guys go to America and beat the American independents at their game — it’s impressive,” Toronto festival co-director Noah Cowan said after an awards luncheon. You can get Hollywood Reporter logo and authors name for the article by going to this link.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: The Story Behind “Bella”
Winning in Toronto can be the first step on the road to Oscar and Golden Globes success. “Bella” could wind up following in the footsteps of such past Toronto winners as: “American Beauty,” which won five Oscars in 2000, including best picture and director, and three Globes, including best picture and director; “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which won four Oscars in 2001, including
best foreign language film, was a best picture Oscar nominee and won two Globes, including best director for Ang Lee. Read the article at this link.

“This movie depicts the culture but also transcends it,” said Pilar O’Leary, exec director of the Smithsonian Institute’s Latino Center. “It has universal appeal.”Which is why the Latino Center is presenting Verastegui and helmer Alejandro Monteverde with its award for emerging talent. Pic doesn’t see release until August, but because of the increasing buzz, the Mexican Embassy wanted
to sponsor a private screening as part of its Cinco de Mayo bash.

-William Triplett, To read entire article visit this link.

AFI (American Film Institute) Movie Review – Dallas
Life is really, really hard; thank god it’s so beautiful – it’s one of those rare films that catches you by the emotional short hairs and refuses to let go. By the time the final reel plays, you’re going to be weeping tears of commingled sadness and joy – unless you happen to have blocked tear ducts. (And, if you do, you might consider a viewing of this movie as a possible cure.) Bella is really not so much a love story (in the sense of two people falling head over heels) as it is a story about love and how it can heal psychic wounds and enrich our lives.

-John P. Meyer, AFI Dallas. To read article visit this link.
“Bella” marks the debut feature of Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, a truly humble man in awe of the fact that he’s actually made it here. It’s better to know as little as possible about this film before going into it but let me tell you that it feels both sincere and loving. It’s great to see a film that legitimately moves the viewer without being drowned in sap. And it does this in just 90 minutes. If it comes your way, see it. You won’t regret it. You can read the article by going to this link.

CNN – Ana Maria Montero
“Powerful and moving… a true inspiration.”

“Bella is a romantic drama full of heart, soul and beautiful messages. It’s a film that will stay with you forever! Powerful, passionate and unpredictable, Bella is a rare gem, a true surprise. A movie that can transform your life and keep you thinking. Bella is a cinematic jewel. One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time”.Watch out for its extraordinary cast, especially Mexican leading
man Eduardo Verastegui, truly the “Brad Pitt of Latin America”.

— Maria Salas, NBC-Miami

The last film with Bella’s momentum was the Passion of the Christ.”

-Stephen McEveety Producer (The Passion, Braveheart)