Pope John Paul II (2005)

Overview: Touches on the important parts of his early life and character, leading up to his election as Pope John Paul II. Shows the persecutions he went through by the Nazis and Communists in Poland. The second half is about his papacy through his death.

Review: Interesting, exciting, and inspiring and moving at times.

Caveats: Not family friendly! Shows a graphic murder and other violence. I have absolutely no idea how accurate any of this movie is, and if it’s mostly fiction, or rewritten history, then that would be bad at worst, or useless at best. There is one scene in which John Paul II’s childhood friend tells a story of how young Karol said that it doesn’t matter whether a person is Jewish or Catholic, a conversation which may not have actually happened, and has strong potential to lead to serious and damaging indifferentism in impressionable viewers.

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  • The Spirit of the TimeJanuary 13, 2022 • 4 min

    I appeal to you, do not read Catholic news. It is very much not good for you. And avoid listening to those who call themselves Traditional Catholics, to their commentary on Catholic news and events.

  • Glory BeJanuary 11, 2022 • 6 min

    This is actually one of the most underrated prayers, and one of the most helpful and beautiful. I would have you understand it a lot better if you would love God all the more, so I will tell you some things I have learned about it (after resolving to make it not my least favorite prayer anymore).

  • Hail MaryJanuary 10, 2022 • 8 min

    I explained one perspective of the Our Father yesterday, and I think I have some useful thoughts on the Hail Mary too, that I’d like to share with you. And some more examples of how to meditate on the Rosary which I thought of today.

  • Our FatherJanuary 9, 2022 • 6 min

    After reflecting for a long time on these prayers, I have some thoughts on them that I think will help you to understand our basic prayers better, and to pray them better. I’ll explain some of the Our Father today.

  • SinJanuary 6, 2022 • 6 min

    Imagine you’re lined up in a race, and it’s about to start. 3… 2… 1… GO! You all run! But one guy… he takes off his shoe and throws it at his own foot!

  • How to pray the RosaryJanuary 4, 2022 • 7 min

    You already know how to pray the Rosary. And those of you who are younger can learn from the older ones. But there are more or less useful ways to pray it. I promised you before I would explain to you some of the useful ways, and I finally can steal a little time to do so.

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