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I was thinking out loud the other day. I wrote a limerick about the possibility we might be taking the wrong course of action by shutting down everything.

My grandkids (son and brother too) jumped in and went on a roll. Proud of these smart and savvy homeschoolers — enjoy!

I started out with this one:
“China started a sickness contagious,
The countries responded outrageous,
They locked us away
so we all lost our pay,
And the cure was disadvantageous.”

My brother Tim:
They say that it started in Wuhan.
On the skin of the rats, it grew on.
They ate them fried,
and most of them died
Now the world has gone to ruin.

Grandson Damian (15 years old):
Corona has wreaked a pandemic,
It causes the countries to panic.
It shortens the breath,
and all men fear death
cause God is not known in the havoc

Grandson Dominic (17 years old)
“Freak out and run for your lives
Only congregate in fives
Buy all the sanitizer,
and you’ll be the wiser”
On these things the media thrives!”

“In the midst of delirium
Bow before the imperium
beg and plead,
hope they’ll concede
To quickly find a serum”

My son Jesse:
“The virus made everyone scared,
except for those who prepared.
But it won’t matter much,
cause we’re all sitting ducks
When those who have less become flared.”

Granddaughter Maria Faustina (15):
What is More Dangerous than Coronavirus?

“Many dangers are written down on this list
let’s cut it short and get to the gist:

When men are afraid
they’ll trade freedom for aid
and that’s when things turn communist.”

“While some fling their hands up in despair,
feeling powerless in the general scare,
there are those who hold strong
though the storm rages on
for they know the Power of Prayer.”

Grandson Joshua (17 years old):
“This catastrophe must be Trump’s fault,
“He screwed up his job” they all cry.
But Trump fights day and night
To secure all our rights,
Fake news can do nothing but lie.”

My conclusion:
“I’ve got the smartest grandkids ever,
Perceptive and wise and exceedingly clever,
The look on the scene
The lines read between
And we stand in the truth altogether!”

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Janet and I have always loved good movies that are of high quality with good acting. But it must also be entertaining, redemptive, inspiring and challenging us to the good, the beautiful, the human.

As St. Paul says, “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, [watch and] think about these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Most families are being forced to spend time together during this pandemic of the Chinese virus. What a wonderful time to read together and watch great movies. Enjoy and be edified (and entertained)!

You can see our list here with all movies linked to sources and resources: https://catholicconvert.com/resources/recommended/movies-videos-dvds/ If you have favorites not listed here, let me at sray@me.com.

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Screen Shot 2020-03-13 at 11.42.00 AMWords cannot describe this movie and words escape me. I would put this masterpiece on the level of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ. The videography is gorgeous and plays a significant role in the story. The script is minimal but the facial expressions and images provide and deepen the gut-wrenching drama.

Based on true events, it is the story of a man living in the majestic Austrian mountains refuses to swear allegiance to Hitler due to his devout Catholic faith and his trust in God. His wife and three young daughters suffer the consequences of his decision, as does he.

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

The movie is three hours long but it is worth the investment of time since it draws you in and continually challenges the viewer about their own commitment to God and to truth. What really matters to us and what are we willing to silently suffer for our commitment to Christ and the truth.

Well, I wish to say more but will eave it at that. I don’t want to spoil the movie. But this is a cinematic masterpiece in my mind and Janet and I encourage every Catholic to watch this movie soon.

See IMDb reviews and trailers here. Has to be one of the BEST Catholic movies ever made!

“…for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric [unreported or known] acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

? George Eliot, Middlemarch

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Outstanding Catholic Gal Decimates the Feminist “Men-haters”

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On EWTN TV this week with three time slots

January 30, 2020

I will be on EWTN’s Bookmarks show this week during three-time slots. The show is hosted by Doug Keck, EWTN’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Doug interviews me for 30-minutes as we discuss my new book “The Papacy: What the Pope Does and Why It Matters” published by Ignatius Press. You can join the shows at: […]

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Peanut Butter Falcon – funny, redemptive, and my kind of movie

December 22, 2019

My son wrote last night and said, “Dad, we are are all watching a movie we think you and mom would love. It has a lot of swearing in it but the movie is great. The kids are enjoying it too.” So we decided to watch it this afternoon and never laughed so hard in […]

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THAT Does It! If you haven’t cancelled Netflix yet, now is a good time…

December 13, 2019

UPDATE: Bishop Strickland of Tyler Texas denounces Netflix as blasphemous over gay Jesus movie. My Message to Netflix by Twitter, Facebook and US Mail: “Our whole family has decided to cancel Netflix. Your “gay Jesus” Christmas special was just too much. This is blasphemous! We can no longer support a company that promotes trash that alienates […]

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Fr. Mitch Pacwa SJ of EWTN Condemns the Pachamama Idol

November 6, 2019

On Nov. 5, 2019, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., condemned idolatry on his weekly program on EWTN, Scripture and Tradition. He spends about 10 minutes talking about the idols that were praised and blessed at the recent Synod on the Amazon in the Vatican.   He says the introduction of the pachamama idol at the synod on the […]

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Set a Date for the Family – Watch this Movie

September 7, 2019

Janet and I have never been busier, so this Saturday afternoon we took time to cook Janet one of her favorite dinners and watch a favorite old movie – black and white no less. After two hours of laughing, singing and even a tear or two we thought we should share it with you. Janet, […]

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Woodstock 50 Year Anniversary. I Wasn’t There but Al Kresta Was!

August 20, 2019

Very few events shaped America like Woodstock 50 years ago this week. Al Kresta was there and he shares his memories and thoughts on this watershed event. Click here to hear his comments.

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Do They Know the Cause of the Fire at Notre Dame? Only Speculation…

April 18, 2019

Update: Another article along the same vein in the Catholic World Report: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/04/18/notre-dame-isnt-the-only-french-church-imperiled-this-year/ ******************************************* Veteran broadcaster Lou Dobbs noted Tuesday that the decision to dismiss any notion that the Notre Dame fire could have been a deliberate act was based on politics, rather than any investigation of the facts. “One thing authorities are ruling out, however, […]

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My New Book “Papacy”: National Catholic Register’s Nice Review (and my response to 2 points)

April 1, 2019

First, I want to thank John Grodelski and National Catholic Register for deeming my new book worthy of a book review. It was fair and balanced review for which I am grateful. You can read his review and my response below or here on my website documents page. ****************************************** An Introduction to the History of […]

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Does the Bible Contain Errors, or is it Inerrant?

March 10, 2019

An e-mail I received today with a very important and pertinent question. It involves the inerrancy of Scripture. In short, this means that the Scriptures do not contain errors. I decided to answer the e-mail and share my response. Pope Leo XIII wrote, “For all the books that the Church receives as sacred and canonical […]

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Trump’s Brilliant Speech

February 7, 2019

I’ll just say it… [by Brian Birch] That was a helluva speech. President Trump delivered one of the best speeches of his presidency last night, weaving together aspirational rhetoric with raw, emotional personal stories, as well as a focus on key issues of deep concern to Catholics. And Americans agreed… A snap CNN poll showed […]

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Trailer released for “Unplanned” – movie about Planned Parenthood’s Abby Johnson’s pro-life conversion

January 31, 2019

Pure Flix, the distributor for God’s Not Dead, is releasing “Unplanned” on 800 movie screens March 29, the Hollywood Reporter (THR)reports. Unplanned is a dramatic film adaption of Johnson’s best-selling 2010 autobiographical book of the same name. It tells the story of Johnson’s journey from Planned Parenthood facility manager to pro-life activist. “I thought I was helping […]

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Who Chose the Books of the Bible? Are the Books “Self-authenticating”?

January 8, 2019

Are the Books of the New Testament “Self-Authenticating” or was the Catholic Church Necessary to Define the Canon of Scripture? By Steve Ray Hello Protestant Friend: I was very happy to receive your twenty-five-page letter which claimed that sola Scriptura (Bible alone) and sola fide (faith alone) were the faith and teaching of the Apostles. […]

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