April 20, 2013


During the bloodless EDSA, "People Power," "Rosary Revolution" in the Philippines in the 80's, which ousted the dictator Marcos, this picture of two DAUGHTERS OF ST. PAUL became famous, as they knelt in front of the tanks and prayed.

THEN: Sister Ping is on the left in the black and white picture. NOW: Sister Ping is the tall one with the dark belt buckle on the far right in the color picture!

April 13, 2013


Here's the news story video:


P.S. Teen girls: you don't even need to be drunk yourself. Just hang out with drunk boys. Or boys who use porn (oh wait, that would be a lot of boys). I mean, where are they even getting the idea to rape you and how to do it? And thinking it's cool?




April 3, 2013 (Boston) — Pauline Books & Media is excited to announce the release of a new translation of Love and Responsibility, masterfully completed by native Polish speaker Grzegorz Ignatik. Grzegorz, who holds a Sacred Theology Licentiate from the International Theological Institute in Austria, teaches at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio and is a PhD candidate in Theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC.

Originally published in Polish in 1960, Love and Responsibility is Karol Wojtyla’s (now Blessed John Paul II) groundbreaking book on human love that explores relationships between persons, especially concerning sexual ethics. This new translation contains extensive, helpful notes on language nuances, major concepts, and key terms that open Karol Wojtyla’s thought to an even wider audience in a time of continued relevance. The text used is the 2001 version published in Polish, which includes revisions of the original 1960 edition made by Blessed John Paul II himself. The first English publication of then-Cardinal Wojtyla’s article On the Meaning of Spousal Love is also included.

Mary Shivanandan, STD, Professor of Theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America, acclaims: “...it is impossible to do justice to the richness of this new translation...his [Ignatik’s] philosophical and theological background gives him a depth of interpretation and elucidation of the text.” Its release will be celebrated at a book launch held at the Institute on April 22, 2013. For more information on the event, please visit: http://www.johnpaulii.edu/events/view/love-and-responsibility.

For additional information on this new translation, please visit our Love and Responsibility webpage:
www.pauline.org/love. Review copies can be requested by contacting Ariana Tantillo, Marketing Assistant & Copy-writer, at (617) 676-4490 ext. 4179 or atantillo@paulinemedia.com.

Pauline Books & Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international Congregation of women religious whose mission is evangelization through the means of social communication. They operate thirteen retail book centers in North America and a publishing and distribution facility in Boston, Massachusetts.  

April 5, 2013


This review is dedicated to memory of Roger Ebert,
one of the movie reviewer greats (he made movie reviewing virile
 and something to be reckoned with!) who died on
Blessed Fr. James Alberione’s 129th birthday, April 4, 2013.
After over 100 years of cinema, film has no patron saint.
Many have been proposed, but the Church has rejected them all.
We are hoping it will be James Alberione who was a filmmaker himself
and wrote much about the power of film.

A new film on the sports career of major league baseball color-barrier-breaker, Jackie Robinson, is a must-see! The film is simply called “42,” for Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers’ number. Forty-two is the only number in baseball that has been retired, and is now worn by all MVP players in commemoration of Robinson’s achievements.

This film should be seen—if possible—on the big screen. It is a lush, grand period piece with an Aaron Copland-style Americana orchestral and muted brass soundtrack. BUT this is not a trite, simplistic “let’s project 2013 on 1948” message-film with feel-good, righteous messages about equality. The concepts and the dialogue are fresh and original. It’s the story of a reluctant hero (Robinson is played by lookalike Chadwick Boseman*) who just wanted to play baseball, and a major league baseball executive who just wanted to win (Branch Rickey is played by Harrison Ford). Writer-director Brian Helgeland is a genius filmmaker-artist. Check out his eclectic, prolific résumé on www.imdb.com. Oh, and he graduated from Jesuit Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (considered one of the country’s top 10 film schools), and he’s a New Englander. You know him from the uber-brilliant “L.A. Confidential,” “Mystic River” and much more.

The cinematography (Don Burgess of “Flight,” “Spiderman,” “Forrest Gump,” “Enchanted”), color-palette, lighting, etc., is impeccable. If you like Technicolor and the expansive feel of Hollywood films from the 50’s and 60’s, then “42” is for you. “42” is baseball’s “Sound of Music.” Without the music. Even most of the mammoth crowd scenes (in the bleachers) appear to be real people and not blow-up extras (like “Seabiscuit” used). This film manages to be grandiose and intimate at the exact same time.

The well-cast ensemble of characters are interesting, and the whole story is consistent and cohesive. A gracefully-aged Harrison Ford carries a big part of the drama as the risk-taking Rickey who hires Robinson. The dialogue is rich and ordinary, surprising and funny, really has something to say, utterly quotable while avoiding clichés. The dialogue feels like, well, LITERATURE. Must be because Helgeland is a well-read, well-spoken New Englander. The time is post-war 40’s, but Helgeland doesn’t indulge in quippy, overly-stylized, of-the-times banter.  Instead, he employs plain talk, and never falls into anachronistic blunders of using modern-day lingo like so many screenwriters.

Nothing drags in “42.” Just when things seem most peaceful, discord erupts. Just when things are most heated, they are resolved, or simmer down.

A ton of expository information is thrown at us in the very beginning (this seems to be a trend these days—exactly what “Argo” did), with voice-over and montages. I would rather have jumped into and gotten invested in the story, the characters, baseball (yuck), and then done some backing up to explain the state of the Union and the sport.

There are so many organic moments of tension, and the myriad forms of prejudice, bigotry and downright cruelty manifest exactly what Robinson was up against from the get-go. There is a slow build of the levels of conflict and the obstacles he faced. And yet, the overriding tone of the film is one of joy and success peeking and peering through the lives of determined people who stuck their necks out and went against the grain. As Rickey muses: Laws can be broken and people may even think you’re clever if you get away with it, but break a code, an unwritten law and you’ll never be forgiven. We need to keep reminding ourselves that the civil rights movement of the 60’s was still a long way off. Ingrained racist customs (especially, but not exclusively, in the South), segregation and other discriminatory laws were firmly in place and enforced.
One of the film’s many sources of humor is the fact that Rickey is a devout Methodist (like Robinson) and has no problem beating people up with religion.

Everything about this film feels like it’s coming from a truly noble and good place.
*Boseman has managed to keep his birth date off of www.imdb.com, something many actors have been trying to do. Somehow he has managed to commandeer his own page on imdb—it looks like his own promotional set-up. Smart guy. And a really cute smile. His current residence is Brooklyn. J Studied at the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford. It shows.


--Best film of 2013.

--Even the typeface choice for the subtitles is perfect.

--Does the trailer look all Hallmark-y? It ain’t. NOT SAPPY. I repeat: NOT SAPPY.

--Robinson has a great character flaw in the film: his temper. But so does his perhaps even more feisty wife.

--I really, really dislike baseball, but this film made me care about it intensely, at least for the duration of the film. J

--This makes me wanna make my hockey movie now more than ever.

--How did Helgeland light this so well (even the indoor scenes)? Seems like he used lots of natural light streaming through windows....

--All the actors are superb, but Christopher Meloni ("Law & Order: SVU") is a total scene-stealer as Leo Durocher, the Dodgers' manager, who barks out one of the best short tirades against racism ever. :)

--Everything is so well-dramatized. Lots of “showing not telling,” and nothing is “on the nose.”

--Bring the kids! Especially the boys—so they can see what real men are made of (and not made of). It’s PG-13 because of language (but no F-bombs). The Dad in my screening just kept leaning over to his 7-year-old son each time saying: “That’s a bad word.”

--There are a few false notes, but very few. Like when Robinson is talking to his newborn son. For our sake.

--In some ways, this film is a study in non-violence. Creative non-violence. Very creative non-violence. Or rather: “non-violent action.”

--I’ve always wondered how people of color can STAND being so maltreated to their faces, especially Black men. I really think it would make me perpetually angry, bitter, and probably violent. This film will make you feel that. You will feel all the silent outrage that Robinson feels. AND also how he chooses to overcome.

--Lots of mini-Oscar moments. Every actor shines. But is it too early for the Academy to be thinking of 2014?

--I went to Robinson’s alma mater, UCLA!

--The excessive use of the “n” word is really hard to take.

--Things do not just happen “magically” in this film. Things don’t just work out all hunky-dory.

--Grown-ups made this film.

--Well-crafted. Mature but accessible. Satisfying. Enriching. Entertaining. We get to spy on how good, quality people think and act and react behind closed doors. Not facile.

--OMGosh. The CYO! But this is EXACTLY the moralistic clout the Catholic Church had over sports, films and all kinds of stuff in the public arena/public life at the time. One of our elderly Sisters talks about letter-writing campaigns Catholic schools all across the country would have students do to protest stuff.
--Such unfair PRESSURE Robinson was under as a trailblazer….

--Good for EVERYONE to remember, and kids to learn, the dismal depths of racism in this country not long ago.

--It’s amazing how far filmmaking has come. “Brian’s Song” can’t even begin to hold a candle to “42.”

--Interesting article on why not as many Blacks in baseball today: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2139711,00.html
(A negative side-effect of the dissolving of the “Negro leagues” meant less community investing/viewing/enthusiasm. Also mentions that initiation into baseball tends to be a father-son thing, and the African-American community is sorely lacking in fathers that are present. Also, with the professionalization/travel in children’s sports, baseball has become expensive. There are also fewer safe outdoor spaces for kids to play/learn to play.)

--Chicago Tribune's Kass wants u to take your kids/teens to "42" (Jackie Robinson):

--Jackie Robinson's Widow, Rachel, Says "42" Gets It Right http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-42-jackie-robinson-20130407,0,2311900.story

April 1, 2013


"Fulfillment in life isn't having sex, it's leading a life of love."

I would just correct Chris by saying most of the CANONIZED saints were celibates.
Hopefully, that gonna change. :)