One of the many riches of the Catholic Church is her trove of aids to the spiritual life, including prayers and papal wisdom, exhortations and exegesis. Books that draw on these aids can likewise help us grow closer to God. During this Lenten season, there is a wealth of books available to those who choose to make a Lenten practice of spiritual reading. No matter what one’s style of spirituality may be, there is a guide to help him or her along on his or her journey to Easter. Read more here.
The year is 1989; the scene, an airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
Although Irishwoman Christina Noble (played by Irish comedienne Deirdre O’Kane) was never in Vietnam, she did visit it about 20 years earlier — in a dream.
Christina believes that Vietnam is where she belongs, even though she knows so little of the country that she wouldn’t be able to “find it on a map.” She has no money — and no plan.
Noble’s fascinating story is told in Noble, a biopic that traces the life of its eponymous heroine from her childhood in Dublin to her heroic work among the orphans of war-torn Vietnam.
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A barren hillside in Mexico. A humble peasant named Juan Diego. A beautiful lady. A painted tilma.
The facts surrounding the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe are known to most informed Catholics.
Or are they?
“Ask just about any educated Catholic where Guadalupe is, and the answer you’re likely to get is ‘Mexico,’” says movie director and producer Tim Watkins. “But, in fact, Guadalupe is in Spain.”
It’s a surprising piece of information, one of many revealed in the fascinating documentary The Blood and the Rose.
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