A joyfully Franciscan view of Catholic life, inspired by St. Clare (Santa Chiara) of Assisi!

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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"The Nativity Story's" St. Joseph's Day DVD Release!

Wow! I am very pleasantly surprised at how The Nativity Story is coming to DVD the day after St. Joseph’s Day, since I thought that the mainstream media was completely oblivious to Catholic Feast Days! That is, St. Joseph’s Day is March 19th, and The Nativity Story will be in stores on March 20th.

Needless to say, I probably wouldn’t be writing these series of “St. Joseph Countdown” posts had it not been for this movie. The film deeply delves into the characters of St. Joseph and Our Lady as they struggle to accept God’s plan for both of them. This movie paints a very three dimensional portrait of St. Joseph, which was a wonderful supplement to the Gospel’s portrayal of him. His sacrificing demeanor is nothing less than Saintly….yet he is stubborn, initially irascible, and altogether very human. In a word, the film caused me to “fall in love” with him and truly appreciate how God chose for me to be born on St. Joseph’s Feast Day! For a more in-depth look at how the movie impacted me, read this blogpost from December.

It’s too bad that it comes out on DVD one day after the Feast Day! I had given up watching TV and movies for Lent, with the exception of Sundays and Feast Days. For those of you who are “allowed” to watch movies, go and take advantage of those 99-cent Tuesdays at the video stores and rent The Nativity Story!


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