Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Feast Day of St. Augustine

From Ignatius Press --
430 AD. The Roman Empire is beginning to crumble. The Vandals and other marauding tribes spill through the gaps in Roman defenses. And one of the greatest saints of the Christian church stands between his flock and the barbarian invaders. As he attempts to negotiate between the proud Roman authorities and the implacable Vandal king, Bishop Augustine recalls his own life before Christianity...

In this stirring and epic new film on the life of St. Augustine of Hippo, follow the great saint as he rises from his reckless days as a youth to his accomplishments as a renowned but dissolute orator. Though worldly success and riches come his way, including a position in the imperial court of Milan, satisfaction and peace elude him. It takes a confrontation with the Christian bishop Ambrose and the countless prayers offered by his patient mother, Monica, to break through his intellectual pride.

Starring Alessandro Preziosi, Monica Guerritore, Johannes Bandrup, and Franco Nero.

Coming Fall 2012. Find out more at RestlessHeartFilm.com

Note: The upcoming release Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine is an edited version of the Italian miniseries Augustine: The Decline of the Roman Empire

Saturday, August 25, 2012

From The Earth To The Moon . . . and Now on to Heaven

For most of man's technological accomplishments, I should think that the Almighty God is probably fairly ho-hum about it, given that He created the entire Universe. But when man stepped foot on the Moon, I have to believe that He was beaming with pride, saying "them's my boys!"

From the HBO miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon."

The landing of Eagle, a Lunar Module that was really not much more than a tin can wrapped with foil, actually very came near to ending in disaster, what with the expected landing area being filled with boulders and then coming within mere seconds of running out of fuel. But thanks to the skill of mission commander Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, man's greatest technological achievement in history was accomplished.

Earlier, Armstrong had served as Command pilot on Gemini 8, which also nearly ended in catastrophic disaster, but was saved by Armstrong's skill and calm demeanor under pressure.

Now that he has landed at Heaven's Tranquility Base, let us say, "Thank you Neil Armstrong!"