Catholic Carnival XVIII is up at DeoOmnisGloria.com.
Aristotle Esquerra of "Confessions of a Recovering Choir Director" is raising funds that himself and four other young adults can take part in World Youth Day 2005. As for me I am still waiting for World Middle Age Day.
Ignatius Press is now distribution a new film on Bernadette from French filmmaker Jean Delannoy. Here is some more info.
From Jean Delannoy, one of France’s foremost filmmakers, comes this top quality feature film production of the story of St. Bernadette and the apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes. Actress Sydney Penny gives a beautiful performance as Bernadette, and the rest of the cast is equally superb. Also stars Roland Lesaffre and Michele Simonnet. It is highly recommended by the Vatican as a “sensitive portrayal of a very moving story that deserves a wide audience.” Shot on location in France with outstanding cinematography and a beautiful music score, this is the film that was chosen to be shown daily at the shrine in Lourdes.
World Middle Age Day! picture it:
– everybody brings lawn chairs to sit on, forget the ground.
– an audible mass grunt when everybody gets up off the ground after kneeling after Communion.
– the bishops and cardinals don’t seem very old, when you get right up on them.
– rotator cuff injuries from waving national flags. Competing and inventive solutions to attach them to the lawn chairs.
– an inspiring display of our Universal Church, featuring people from every country, wearing colorful but slightly dumpy native dress.
– an epidemic of sunburned scalps.
I love it. Sign me up. I’ll find my comfy shoes and my rosary.
OK, how does one get in on the Catholic CArnival?
That “gala premier” of the Bernadette movie is at my church, Our Lady of Peace.
I want to go with Therese and Jeff to World Middle Age Day — no midnight Masses though, we hit the hay at 10:00 p.m (the spirit might be willing, but the flesh is weak!). Guest speaker would include: Fr. Flossio, special meditations to say now that you have an additional 10 minutes to your nightly dental hygiene. Large print flyers will be distributed: St. Bifocal, martyr, killed by a dissident when she failed to see that “hymns” was changed to “herms.” Break out discussion groups on: Pope Lumbar the 5th and how his tough spine helped “throw out” heretics.