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It’s been awhile since I’ve seen any good news coming out of Hollywood, so I was pleasantly surprised to find this gem of an article linked over at New Advent.   The Irish actor Pierce Brosnan, known to many as James Bond (and to me as Remington Steele), openly shares his faith with an interviewer, attributing good in his life to God and telling how his prayer life sustains him.  He credits his Catholic upbringing.

In an interesting new interview with RTE.ie to promote his patronage of the new Irish dramatic art academy The Lir, which will debut this fall at Trinity College in Dublin, Brosnan credits the power of prayer with guiding him through life’s ups and downs. 

“(Prayer) helped me with the loss of my wife to cancer and with a child who had fallen on tough times. Now prayer helps me to be a father, to be an actor and to be a man,” Brosnan told the Irish website.

“It always helps to have a bit of prayer in your back pocket. At the end of the day, you have to have something and for me that is God, Jesus, my Catholic upbringing, my faith.”

Pierce’s first wife, Cassandra Harris, died of ovarian cancer 20 years ago. The son they had together, Sean, was in a serious car crash a few years back in California, but luckily he survived and is thriving again.

Brosnan and his mother left his hometown of Navan, Co. Meath in 1964, when he was 12 years old, for greener pastures in London.  His father left the family when he was only two, so times were tough.

“In a way (my life) all leads back to a little boy in Navan, my home town on the banks of the Boyne.

Sometimes, it has been painted in melodramatic tones but it was a fantastic way to be brought up. The Catholicism and the Christian brothers, those are deep-rooted images and the foundation for a person of some acting skill,” he says.

“God has been good to me. My faith has been good to me in the moments of deepest suffering, doubt and fear. It is a constant, the language of prayer … I might not have got my sums right from the Christian Brothers or might not have got the greatest learning of literature from them but I certainly got a strapping amount of faith.”

Brosnan also feels that faith will help the Irish people escape the gloom and doom of recession.

“But there is one thing that the people of Ireland know how to do and that is to survive. You have to keep your faith and stay optimistic,” he feels


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From FAILBlog, a Star Wars funny: 

I think these misconceptions are limited to George Lucas…



The answer to the second question, which regrettably is cut off: 

The cause of friction is the gap between Star War fans expectations and the ultimate product which George Lucas produced with Episode 1.  

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Meet the Robinsons

You should meet the Robinsons!

Those who know me know that I pretty much think Disney is evil (I have thought it for decades) and recently I’ve gotten some agreement with my opinion.  I did, however, sit down to watch a movie tonight with my son, by whose strong recommendation we were watching Meet the Robinsons, an animated Disney film from a couple years back.  I watched it and…and  I was pleasantly surprised at the pro-family message of the movie!  Yep, pro-family AND pro-adoption.

One of the two main protagonists is an orphan who was raised in an orphanage.  Wait!  don’t jump to that conclusion!  Turns out that the young fella has been treated lovingly and well in the orphanage, and for an added bonus, the orphanage matron is a black woman.  Double positive message!  Although the youngster, whose name is Lewis, is relatively happy, he can’t seem to get adopted because he’s a whacky science whiz.  This leads him to wonder about his birth mom, and he wants very much to see her, even going so far as to invent a device to recapture his infant memories.

Later, Lewis will have an opportunity to meet his mom, through the machinations of a youngster who turns out to be Lewis’ son (did I mention that the movie is about time travel?  no?  er…sorry.  The movie is about time travel!).  I won’t spoil it for you but I will just say that Lewis’ birth mother is portrayed sympathetically and the scene where he sees her is very touching and again, pro-family. 

The Robinson family of the title is a delightful mix of oddball characters who love and support each other, and Lewis quickly falls in love with them.  Lewis finds himself wanting to stay in the future with the Robinsons.  The quirky characters are respectful of each other, encouraging mistakes as “learning opportunities” and nurturing each other’s unique gifts and contributions.  The youngsters are not smart alecky.  Even the ‘bad guy’ has an opportunity to repent.

I guess if you start with good material it helps.  Disney based the movie on the whimsical children’s book, A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce.

Meet the Robinsons did terribly at the box office.  I may not be a Disney fan, but I still pay attention to kids movies coming out, and I don’t even remember it being released.     I don’t know why it did so poorly;  it’s a good film.  I really enjoyed it, I LOVED the family message and the positive values (it’s nice to see that Disney can make a movie with a mom AND a dad).

Oh, and the soundtrack is another Danny Elfman winner.  I’m recommending this one.

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My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I beg pardon for those who do not believe, nor adore, nor hope, nor love You. Prayer taught to the Fatima visionaries by the angel in 1916

The 13th Day official movie poster

The 13th Day official movie poster

Tonight was the worldwide premiere of The 13th Day — attendees at 13 locations throughout the US and at the Fatima shrine being blessed to see the movie about the visits of Our Lady at Fatima on the 92nd anniversary of the miracle of the sun.  I had the great privilege to see the film tonight at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth, MI (a church I have mentioned before).   What can I say?  It was profoundly moving.  Very faithful, and faith-filled, beautifully filmed, artistic yet inspiring, reverent, touching (I cried lots!), and poignant. 

I did not know much about the Fatima visits before this movie (other than the revelations of the secrets, particularly as applied to Pope John Paul II).  When I realized from Catholic radio and media that this movie was being released, I deliberately avoided learning more.  I’m glad that I didn’t, as the Miracle of the Sun and the exposition at the end were a great visual and emotional surprise. 

The child actors were incredible, and I do mean that.  (I heard more than a couple comments about them on the way out.)  The expressiveness of each youngster captured the radiance and peace that truly encompassed these children, as the monthly visits progressed and troubles mounted for them and their families.  I think I shall be haunted by memories their luminous eyes, in a good way:  in the way that some movies seem to reach deeply into our psyche and stay there days after the movie credits have rolled.  

The other-worldly gaze of the young, burdened Lucia

The other-worldly gaze of the young, burdened Lucia

You can see trailers of the film at the website and read the review of the movie from the incomparable Steven Greydanus at Decent Films.   Also, Carl Olson at Insight Scoop blog for Ignatius Press ( the U.S. distributor) is asking for comments if you saw the film.  And Ignatius would like you to know that you can arrange a showing of this awesome film at your church or school.  Please consider this, as this film would greatly bless all who watch it.  (Click here for details.)  I know I felt blessed.  May we each be blessed with a fraction of the faith and courage that these children had. 

So, my recommendation is that you see The 13th Day film as soon as you can, bring all your Catholic friends and family and be prepared to be inspired.  I myself said a rosary before bed and again this morning when I learned some of the power that comes through these prayerful meditations and that in fact, Mary has asked it of us with a specific goal in mind.

Finally, I want to give a shout-out to Ave Maria Radio, which sponsored the event (and which is still short of its annual fundraising goalhint hint!) as well as Sr. Ann Shields of Renewal Ministries who had the good sense to end the event with a wonderful (and wonderfully direct) prayer–as only Sr. Ann Shields can do it.  If you do not listen to her Food for the Journey program on your radio (click for the schedule!), I advise you to download her podcasts at the Renewal Ministries website or by subscribing the podcast at ITunes.  Her pithy, no-nonsense, call-it-like-it-is Bible study show will bring Scripture alive for you and help you see how even the most obscure Old Testament passage can shine a light on our modern lives and attitude. 

To recap: 
The 13th Day –see it!  host it!
Ave Maria Radio–help it!
Food for the Journey — hear it !


O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have most need of your mercy. — Prayer added to the Rosary at the request of Our Lady of Fatima

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