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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Advent Spiritual Reading

Pauline Books & Media has a great selection of Advent books, which are detailed here, but I'd like to highlight one of our newest. Advent Grace is a daily book of reflections on the Gospel readings during Advent. These are all written by our Sisters, whose thoughts are the fruit of a prayerful search into God's Word. Below is an excerpt from the book.

Book excerpt:
Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent
Sr. Karen Marie
Lectio:
Matthew 11:28–30
Meditatio:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Who cannot relate to this passage? The feeling of being tired and burdened can last all year for many of us, and is simply more intense these weeks before Christmas. Yet Advent is the one time we really long to slow down and appreciate the season. We know that we celebrate at Christmas the mystery that holds for us great joy—the birth of our Savior. Children are innately happy in this season, filled with eager anticipation—even the secular world celebrates this season of joy. We long to savor the gift, to get away from the frenetic pace so often connected with this season…
In the midst of this hectic season, Jesus invites us to take his “light” and “easy” yoke upon our shoulder. But to take up his yoke, we shall have to lay down our own—there is no room for two. We shall have to lay down those “unnecessary anxieties” that weigh on us and squelch our joy. Jesus invites us to let go of whatever weighs us down…
Advent Grace is available at our Pauline Center. A trim book at 128 pages and $7.95, this is the perfect Advent companion!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Faith & Film Night: The Long Walk Home

Tomorrow's film presentation is The Long Walk Home. The film, which stars Sissy Spacek and Whoopi Goldberg, centers around a white family in Montgomery, Alabama, during the beginning of the civil rights movement. The following is a great treatment of the film from Amazon.com:
"This underrated 1990 film directed by Richard Pearce (Country, Leap of Faith) features exceptionally nuanced performances by both Sissy Spacek (Coal Miner's Daughter) and Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost).... Spacek plays a Southern socialite who becomes gradually enlightened by the plight of her housekeeper, played by Whoopi Goldberg, as she struggles to raise her family amid the increasing turmoil, prejudice, and violence around her. A well-done treatment of an important period of American history, The Long Walk Home is an effective and accurate period drama. It is also an opportunity to see fine, understated performances by two very popular actresses in an earnest and socially conscious setting." --Robert Lane
I can't embed the trailer here, but you can see it by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post. This is going to be a great film to discuss, and we look forward to viewing it with you. Please join us tomorrow, Friday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi955646233/