Friday, November 24, 2017

The Cure D'Ars - St. Jean-Marie-Baptiste Vianney

This is an amazing book.

It was written in 1927, so the language is dated. It was probably also also translated from French. But this saint was amazing, and the book is worth the read. St. Jean Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.

Jean Vianney could read souls. He was tormented by the devil. He was well known for his time spent in the confessional. He barely ate and he barely slept. He was a very holy man.

Below is the story of one women who went to Ars. Vianney had never her before. The woman was traveling with another priest who was making a pilgrimage to Ars (people did this all the time). 

The last word on the above page, that appears on the following page, is "saved".

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Same kind of different as me - a movie worth watching

Yesterday Fred and I wanted to see a movie. I checked all the ratings of the movie that were playing and was intrigued by this movie: Same kind of different as me

I wondered why the critics obviously panned it (29%) but the audiences loved it (92%). Five of the only seven critics rated the movie "rotten". But 2,804 viewers obviously loved it.


After watching the movie and then reading what the critics said about it, it's pretty clear that their dislike of the film probably had little to do with what they used as their reason.

So what was the real reason they didn't like it? Well for starters there was no killing, no sex, no profanity and no special effects. And there was a faith component, and yes, even references to God in it. Of course in "progressive" Hollywood, God is persona non grata. But the critics couldn't say that could they? So instead they say because it was racist blah blah blah.

But here's the kicker. The story is based on real human beings Denver Moore, Ron and Debbie Hall, and based on a real story with references to spirituality and dare I say it, God. The book was also on the New York Times best-seller list for 12 weeks. The story happened and the people loved it.

I guess the elitist critics are just so much smarter than the plebs like you and me.

My advice? Go see the movie. It's pretty darn awesome. And yes. You may cry.