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Unlocking and opening hearts to Jesus Christ

TREASURED AND TRANSFORMED: VISION FOR THE HEART, UNDERSTANDING FOR THE MINDBy Daniel J OíLeary, Columba Press 2014 (paperback) Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC  IRISH-born Father Daniel J O’Leary, a priest of the Diocese of Leeds, has exercised his priestly ministry in parishes and academia for more than fifty years. The award-winning author of thirteen books and a frequent contributor ... Read More »

Film tribute to lost actor

FAST & FURIOUS 7. Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and Djimon Hounsou. Directed by James Wan. Rated M (Action violence). 137 min. By Kurt Jensen TRUE to form, exotic settings, stale dictums and always-murky moral values characterise Furious 7 (Universal), the latest installment in the Fast and Furious series. In this go-round, ... Read More »

Prophetic teachings for use in parishes

SCRIPTURE: GOD’S HANDBOOK FOR EVANGELISING CATHOLICS. Stephen Binz; Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. Huntington, Indiana, 2013 By Barbara Flynn STEPHEN Binz, a dedicated biblical scholar with wide experience in parish work, believes Catholic Christians in recent decades “have shied away from speaking about spreading the Gospel and thus from evangelisation”. Inspired by documents from the Second ... Read More »

Oh, what a holiday treat

HOME: Starring (Voices of) Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez. Directed by Tim Johnson. Rated PG (Mild threat) 90 minutesBy John Mulderig PARENTS looking for acceptable holiday entertainment for the kids will probably be satisfied with the lightweight animated adventure “Home”. Whether viewers young or old will remember anything about this merely passable picture for too long, however, is ... Read More »

Paul sheds light on today’s challenges

SAINT PAUL AND THE NEW EVANGELISATION Ronald D. Witherup; Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota 2013 Reviewed by Barbara Flynn SUPERIOR general of the Sulpician priests Fr Ronald Witherup, a highly respected Pauline scholar, invites readers to consider the work St Paul expresses through his letters, as offering “a biblically based conception of evangelisation as suited to present times”. During the pontificate of ... Read More »

Family bonds endure in tale

THE BOOK OF LIFE: Starring (voices of) Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum, Ron Perlman, Christina Applegate. Directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez. Rated PG (Mild themes and animated violence) 95 minutes. By Joseph McAleer WHO knew the Day of the Dead could be so much fun? The Mexican method of observing All Souls’ Day, November 2, is the backdrop for ... Read More »

New life for Cinderella

CINDERELLA: Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Rated G (Very mild themes) 113 minutes  By Joseph McAleer CINDERELLA injects vibrant new life into a venerable fairytale. The result is an exuberant live-action retelling of the oft-filmed fable, the most famous screen version of which is Disney’s classic 1950 animated feature. Opting for ... Read More »

An enjoyable, fun and relaxing family film

Shaun the Sheep:  Starring Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Omid Djalili. Directed by Mark Burton & Richard Starzak. Rated G. 85 mins Reviewed by Liam Webb A STAPLE of kids’ entertainment since his inception in 2007, Shaun the Sheep has finally made the leap from the silver screen to the red carpet in Shaun the Sheep Movie. Shaun is the same ... Read More »

Vast pool of veteran talent

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL: Starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Sonny Kapoor, Richard Gere. Directed by John Madden. Rated PG (Mild coarse language and sexual references). 122 minutes. By John Mulderig BASED on its ingratiating surface, the comedy sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel might be categorised as the sort of film that, while safest for ... Read More »

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