How to communicate: babies teach the way

My sister posted these on Facebook and I could not resist sharing them with you!

Look at the body language, facial expression, voice tone, laughter.

What are they talking about?

10 Commandments re-released (the ones by De Mille) for 55th anniversary with new features


Paramount released the 55th anniversary edition of “The Ten Commandments” in DVD and Blu-ray today. For my capsule review click here and scroll down.

Did you know that Charlton Heston’s son Fraser played the baby Moses? Son Fraser narrates the new documentary included in the new release – and says he was born just in time to play this key role!

Here’s an interview with Fraser by James Plath Fraser Heston talks about the making of The Ten Commandments

As one of the best movies ever made, if this film is not in your DVD collection, it would make a nice gift for the family.

What I enjoyed was learning how much of the film was shot on location in Egypt – I thought it was all on a sound stage or in the Mojave.


Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Image via Wikipedia

Rembrand’s Ten Commandments


Religious Education Congress 2011: A vibrant human mosaic

The labyrinth


ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Ask anyone who participated in the Religious Education Congress March 17-20 how they would describe the event in terms of art, and they will tell you: It’s the people. Ask author/speaker Jesuit Fr. James Martin and he will tell you that the congress — not Disneyland across the street — is the happiest place on earth.

Charity Sr. Edith Prendergast, who heads the Los Angeles archdiocese’s Office for Religious Education, told me that she loves the congress for its poetry and beauty. “It is an authentic expression of the life of the church and people come to be enriched.”

At the opening ceremony, people from various cultures and costumes processed in the arena that holds 6,000; there was a lovely liturgical dance, and the music and singing engaged everyone. Prendergast presented our new archbishop, José H. Gomez, “the chief catechist of the archdiocese,” with the illuminated Gospels and Acts of the Apostles from the St. John’s Bible from Liturgical Press. After Gomez opened the congress in prayer, he introduced Prendergast. When she got to the lectern to give her presentation, she said, “You will hear from the archbishop later.” Then she paused and turned back to the archbishop and said, “That is, if it’s OK with you.” It brought down the house.

Click here for the entire article: Religious Education Congress 2011: A vibrant human mosaic.

Mirtha Vespi talks about Congress and Magnificat Ministries



When a nun dies

Sr Cecilia Paula Livingston in April 2010 in Charleston, SC - RIP

When a nun dies

The Rite premieres at the Vatican


Sir Anthony Hopkins as the exorcist in The Rite that premiered at the Vatican last night.


It is so exciting that The Rite premiered at the Vatican! I think it is only the second film to ever do so (the first was The Nativity in 2006). Click on the link and you go to Vatican Radio for the news report and you can hear the broadcast.

Congratulations. This is a wonderful film for Lent.

“Death of the Critic” Panel April 2, 2011, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena

National Film Retreat 2011 – At Sea! Oct 7 – 10, 2011


The Catholic Media Group of Southern California, with the Partnership for Spirituality & Film invite you to the


Our film retreat group from 2009 - and a wonderful time was had by all!


Theme: Peace Making

Film Slate: TBD

Date: Friday, October 7 – Monday, October  10, 2011

Long Beach, CAEnsenada, Mexico – Long Beach, CA


Columbus Day weekend Prices:

Oceanview Double Cabins: $461.63 total pp

Deposit 100.00 PP due  March  18, 2011

Includes $50.00 onboard ship credit

Includes donation to Daughters of St. Paul/National Film Retreat;

To be matched by Carnival. Includes all film seminars, port charges and fees.

Includes taxes and tips.  (no envelopes needed on last day!)

Reserve your cabin at click on the group link in the upper right, scroll to Catholic Film Retreat, click the Details link

Or contact Ann-Marie Blaney by e-mail:

phone:  949-632-7155


Optional Insurance: Click on Extras, then click on; don’t forget insurance, Aprox. 6.5% of cost

Passengers must have a valid passport.

Film Retreat Directors:

Rev. Ron Schmidt, SJ, Hope Media Productions, Los Angeles

Sr. Hosea Rupprecht, FSP, Pauline Center for Media Studies, Los Angeles

Retreat questions call: Nanciann Horvath 714-394-4989



The Adjustment Bureau: A cry for freedom

See my review of

The Adjustment Bureau: A cry for freedom.