September 23, 2008

Movie Recommendation

That which applies to books also applies to films: you can't judge one by the cover.

When I saw the title Padre Pio: Miracle Man I was thinking this was a movie about the miracles and healings, a sort of supernatural equivalent of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman".

Au contraire. It might be a stretch to call it a Lord of the Rings set in early 20th-century Italy but...it has that element of the display of heroism under conditions of constant temptation. It's also beautifully photographed.

The actor portraying Pio was very persuasive in displaying a spine of steel with a heart of love -- that which is so foreign to our modern view of love as license. The temptations he experienced were palpable, including a scene with his ill father who'd asked him to ask God for healing but Pio said no, that he had an arrangement with God to never ask for anything for himself, but only for others.

Today is the feast day of St. Pio of Pietrelcina.

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