October 24, 2007
It’s Catholic Carnival time, hosted by Play the Dad? No, be the Dad! this week. It’s his 100th post.
Favorite posts this week:
October 23, 2007
Several news updates on the Bella opening this weekend found at Catholic News Service.
- “I decided to have the archdiocese arrange a private screening to help promote the success of ‘Bella’ because of its powerful message about the sanctity of life, as well as the desire to support the efforts of talented individuals attempting to use modern means of communication for the promotion of positive values,” Archbishop Naumann (Kansas City) wrote in a note to those who attended the screening.
- The back story of Metanoia Films, opening its first feature film, “Bella,” nationwide Oct. 26, could be called The Miracle on Bedford Drive.
That’s where former 20th Century Fox entertainment lawyer Leo Severino met Mexican pop singer/telenovela soap opera star Eduardo Verastegui — outside Good Shepherd Church in Beverly Hills after attending mid-week Mass in 2004.
Severino, 35, couldn’t help but notice Verastegui, 33. Besides being the only other young person at church, he was unabashedly devout, praying after Mass with head bowed and raised hand touching the church’s indoor statue of Christ near a side exit.
“I was really moved by that,” said Severino, who was struggling to reconcile his Catholic faith and new job responsibilities requiring that he draw up contracts for programs “not exactly what the Blessed Mother would be watching on her television.
“I was going to daily Mass just praying for deliverance and guidance from the Lord. I didn’t know it was going to come in the shape of a 6-foot-1-inch, ridiculously good-looking Mexican superstar,” said Severino. Not wanting to interrupt Verastegui during his private devotions after Mass, he passed by without saying a word on his way out to the parking lot.
It is uncommon for a film to make a clear, confident moral statement from which audiences of all demographics can benefit. It is even less common for a film that does make such a statement to be good.
“Bella” (Roadside Films/Metanoia Films), which will be released Oct. 26, does just that — it takes a moral stand and exhibits the qualities of excellent filmmaking.
October 23, 2007
Would you like to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee, made with fresh roasted beans of the finest quality, and support a great Catholic cause at the same time?
We knew you would say “YES!”
We’re very pleased to now offer Mystic Monk Coffee from the Carmelite Monks in Wyoming to our customers. If you haven’t heard about this new community of cloistered monks in Wyoming, read about them right here. The coffee, proceeds of which supports the monks in their efforts to build their new monastic compound, is available in 12 oz. bags, whole bean only, and many blends are available in decaf and well as “full strength.” You might want to try the Pumpkin Spice blend or the Rum Pecan blend – both are absolutely delicious and seem to us like the perfect match for a brisk fall day!
You can browse through the entire Mystic Monk Coffee assortment here.
October 22, 2007
We have compiled an article on the history of All Saints Day for your reading pleasure. You may also want to read up on how a saint is made and peruse our selection of saint medals or our Patron Saint Index.
We have also posted an article on the history of All Souls Day.
October 22, 2007
If you are in the Dallas area, there is a great conference on the Theology of the Body there. More information here.