Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Human Experience - Dignity in the Midst of Poverty


Two young men from Brooklyn, New York set out to find out what it means to live the gospel in misery and poverty.  From the homeless in New York, to the forgotten orphans of Peru, to modern day leper colonies in Africa, we are presented with the powerful drama that is "the rest of the world".  The masses living on the outskirts of the comfort zone that we know as modern daily life. 

The creators of The Human Experience attempt "By spotlighting heartwarming stories from around the world, (to) show viewers that every single person, no matter his or her lot in life, is beautiful."

This award winning documentary is brought to us by Grassroot Films, which also produced Fishers of Men, to inspire vocations to priestly service and God in the Streets of New York City.   Grassroots Films strives to "make great films that inspire true change".  The Human Experience has won over 30 awards since its release last year and emphasizes this year's Catholic Campaign for Human Development theme:  Fight Poverty. Defend Human Dignity

A truly inspiring film for private or group viewing, highly recommended by Catholic Traveller's A Simple Catholic.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fulton Sheen's Cause - Victim Of Another Bishops' Snafu?

Rocco Palmo's latest update to Whispers In The Loggia today, cites yet another incomprehensible move by our "hierarchy".  I can only hope that it is just a miscommunication that got out of hand.  According to the website for archbishop Sheen's cause for sainthood, the Diocese of Peoria is passing the buck for Sheen's beatification, because the Archdiocese of New York won't release Sheen's remains for reinterrment in his home diocese.  OH PULEEEZ!!  Are we little boys on the playground fighting over territory?  Do we need to stand in the corner until we can play nice?! 

Excuse my ignorant little backwoods version of common sense, but I think that the BIG BOYS need to talk it out and get back to the cause.  Fulton Sheen took Catholicism to the modern world even before Mother Angelica, through his writings and his television series "Life is Worth Living".  His humor and advice are still timely, and I think we deserve a modern day saint to inspire us. 

Now that I have had my rant, I truly hope that Archbishop Dolan (no relation) will take up the cause for Archbishop Sheen, and that we will soon have another official example of how to live for Jesus in the midst of this world's insanity.