Nathan Stone SJ reflects on the popular religiosity of Latin America that is often viewed with uncertainty by other Christians. Could this unfamiliar devotion be a truly orthodox expression of faith?
Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Alex Descas, Mati Diop, Nicole Dogue, Grégoire Colin
UK Release date: 9 July 2009
Certificate: 12A (101 mins)
At one point, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) makes a passing reference to the conflict between the light and the darkness, with just a hint of John 1: 5.
George Tyrrell was born into a Protestant family in Dublin in 1861 but later became a Catholic and then a Jesuit, a description that also applies exactly to the life of another man: John Sullivan.
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, StephenGraham, James Russo
UK Release date: 1 July 2009
Sullivan’s story has about it some vestiges of that of St Augustine: his estrangement from the faith of his mother who nevertheless greatly influenced his spiritual life; a somewhat bohemian, perhaps even mildly decadent lifestyle as a young man; a mid-life conversion followed by ordination to the priesthood; and a life of deep asceticism and devotion to the poor and the sick.
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