p.s. You’ll notice that one of central leaders of the radical feminist movement was Canadian. The Lord has a lot of work to do to redeem our national brand. But I hope and expect great things from Him as far as raising up fearless Canadian women to recapture what was stolen, eh? I predict a Canadian woman will be front and center at the start of the restoration. God doesn’t forget details. He conquered death by using Satan’s victory against him. So he can raise up Canadians to take the battle to the culture of death. Pray that he raise up a Canadian Joan of Arc. The nation that gave the world the Winnipeg Statement is due for some relief.
Lots of jelly tots happening these days at Socon or Bust. Would really appreciate your support in all of these worthy ventures. I know it’s a lot to ask, but you won’t be disappointed. Thank you for all your support during the years. God bless you all.
1) Ignite TV – We have ignition! – This Thursday November 1, feast of the Holy Saints, @ 4PM, a cyber spark is going to be lit on the internet. The flame from it is going to burn through all of the liberal underbrush which has covered the truth from being revealed. This flame is going to provide the light in this cultural darkness that envelopes and suffocates us. It’s going to melt the winter in Narnia and that witch is going to get what’s coming to her.
Be part of that ignition. Help us spark the conversation.
2) Action Life Fundraising Dinner with Michael Coren. Talk: ” A Journalist for Life“ - Sat. Nov.2 - Hottest ticket in town!
Why should you come? Because we really need your financial support to continue our life-saving, educational work here in Ottawa-Carleton as the premier pro-life educational organization in the region. Lots of tickets still available. We need your support.
What do you get? A wonderful, uplifting evening with benefits!
….Great food (Penne, Chicken Parmigiana, Salad, Dessert, Coffee/Tea) from La Botega!
….Great talk by one of the foremost and prominent journalists for the Pro Life cause in Canada
…. Great fellowship with fellow pro-lifers and social conservative activists, including yours truly and Andy Pocrnic (who is holding the Ottawa Catholic School Board to account to uphold to basic moral principles)
A lot of people are excited about this great venture…adventure!…that we’re about to embark on. I hope you all tune in for the first episode this coming Friday @ 4PM.
We’re gonna start in a modest way…although there has already been a lot of work and money pumped into this idea.
There’s so many great things about this initiative, it’s hard to count them all. One thing we can kiss good-bye is the secular establishment media’s lock on the culture war and the churchy-establishment media’s liberal tint in refusing to deal with the real issues of the Church.
There’s a new kid on the block, boys and girls. This isn’t officially the motto of IgniteTV (which is “Spark the conversation” by the way – pretty slick, eh?), but it could just as well be:
Christian movie-makers are taking to the Silver Screen
Hollywood hasn’t seen a Bible blockbuster since 2004, when “The Passion of the Christ” raked in $600 million world-wide, but there has been a robust market for several studios cheaply producing Christian-themed movies on DVD. Now, the producers behind low-budget faith-based films are trying their hands at limited theatrical releases.
If current schedules stay in place, as many as 15 faith-based movies could be released in U.S. theaters over the next year. A couple of them are being distributed by well-known studios, such as Roadside Attractions with “Grace Unplugged,” starring Christian singer-songwriter AJ Michalka. And a small division of Sony Corp. recently released “Unstoppable,” a sermon-style movie with former “Growing Pains” actor and evangelical Kirk Cameron about finding God amid human struggle. (Source, may require a subscription)
At least one upcoming movie has a superstar actor lined up. Twentieth Century Fox is planning to release a movie next year called “Exodus”, where Christian Bale (of Batman fame) will play Moses and Ridley Scott (Prometheus, Gladiator) will be either directing or producing. (I really like Christian Bale, but I have trouble seeing him as Moses.)
Many stories in the Bible are grandiose and impressive. A good movie-maker should be able to make really impressive flicks with a number of those stories. The life of David, for example, was filled with battles, man hunts, family struggles and episodes of loyalty, betrayal, lust, murder and repentance. It could be made into a great movie featuring action, drama and suspense. (I could certainly see Christian Bale playing David).
Here is the trailer for a short film called “The Fay” which my friend and film-maker (and one helluva Catholic Apologist, by the way – check out some of his stuff at The Catholic Legate), has put together:
Not bad for a shoe-string budget. Imagine if he had some money? I can tell you, after reading the script for one of his other movies, if it ever saw some real dough, it would be one huge draw….no doubt about it.
I am more and more convinced that we Catholics have to start to “kick it up a notch” and start to develop our own heavy artillery. That means building the infrastructure that can reach millions with a Catholic world-view and the associated mythology in film in order to win the culture back.
Please pray for the success of IgniteTV…that it can become a means of mass conversion by engaging the culture and winning the hearts of minds of people.
On November 9 at St. Paul’s University, I had the great pleasure of watching For Greater Glory. It was a chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); a war by the people of Mexico against the atheistic Mexican government. The protagonists were called the “Cristeros” - the courageous Catholic men and women of Mexico who laid down their lives for the freedom of the Church.
There were around 120-130 people at the screening by my estimation, including a number of people who found out about it through Socon or Bust. Shout out to all the Busters who came out! Archbishop Prendergast also came out. Not sure if he found out through Socon or Bust
Normally “pro-Church” English-speaking movies are mediocre at best. RAI (the Italian outfit), for instance, who is responsible for many great Church movies - movies about the Saints – do really top notch movies, but it’s rare to find a North American producer who puts out a first class film. I’m happy to report that For Greater Glory did not fit the mold. They got really good actors and hired a Hollywoood Script writer, and the quality showed in the product. It was an amazing, heart-wrenching movie that goes down in my books as one of the best ever made for Catholic audiences. Read the rest of this entry »
Every year, my family and I venture out to our rented cottage for a week of some relaxation and fun. It’s also the week that I have available to actually read a novel. For me, it’s a nice break from the madness in society and in the Church.
This year, I chose to read a novel by a local writer and journalist, Deborah Gyapong (pronounced ”japong”). Deborah writes for a few Catholic publications like TheCatholic Register and other Christian publications. She’s even a convert from the CBC religion, having spent more than 25 years in TV, print and radio, including 12 years as a producer for the CBC’snews and current affairs programming.