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Is It Real?: Stigmata (2006)
The show is so-so. The stigmata is real and is in the hands, like Catholics believe, not on the wrist like some protestants say. Here's some public domain quotes that show it: John 20:16-31 King James Version - 19Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.20And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his---hands---and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD. 21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 23Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. 24But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his--hands--the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. 26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my--hands--; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Good biography of the nun who is the reason we have the Divine Mercy Chaplet
The movie is based on what we know about the life of Blessed Sister Faustina based on her diary. It's only in Polish though it does have English and Spanish subtitles. This is a good biography of her life. She's awesome and I pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet sometimes! It's nice to know a bit about the nun who had the visions last century that made it possible. I find it interesting to learn how Jesus appears to some people and how he gave us a devotion this wonderful. The actress who played Sister Faustina did a really good job. Overall I give the movie an A+. Good quality, actors, and acting. The only catch is you have to read subtitles.
The Middle: A Christmas Gift (2011)
They trivialized belief in God. How can you compare the importance of being a follower of Justin Bieber to being a follower of God? It was hardhearted to say it's fine not to believe in God. What about hell? We should care about our family's souls! Tim Tom was heartless! How can you stop trying to save someone from hell? From eternal torture? There are no consequences when I don't like Justin Bieber's music but when I do not believe in God the consequence is so monumental that it's scary to think about. This episode was crappy. It does not matter to God if I listen to Justin Bieber's songs but it matters to God if you reject his existence.
Make sure kids don't start role-playing witch and wizards!
The movie is a good fantasy. But watch out so your kids don't copy them or idolize wizardry otherwise the New Age religion might bring their love away from Christianity. Deuteronomy Chapter 18:9-14 9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee, beware lest thou have a mind to imitate the abominations of those nations. 10 Neither let there be found among you any one that shall expiate his son or daughter, making them to pass through the fire: or that consults soothsayers, or observes dreams and omens, neither let there be any wizard,
11 Nor charmer, nor any one that consults spirits, or fortune tellers, or that seeks oracles from the dead. 12 For the Lord abhors all these things, and for these abominations he will destroy them at thy coming. 13 Thou shalt be perfect, and without spot before the Lord thy God. 14 These nations, whose land thou shalt possess, hearken to soothsayers and diviners: but thou art otherwise instructed by the Lord thy God. (D-R public domain bible)
Don't let kids idolize sin. I wouldn't let them play witch and wizard after the move. It's not good.