Video Divina

Video Divina 2018-2019 - Holy, Holy, the Holy One: The human journey to Wholeness

This year in his film series, theologian, film scholar, and Associate Pastor of St. Monica’s Parish, Fr. Lloyd Baugh, S.J. looks at films that consider how God, The Holy One, YHWH and the deities of Buddhism, invite their believers to risk undertaking the wonderful and mysterious journey towards the holiness which is wholeness.

This years movies are shown on Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 PM in the Parish Rectory. The dates for this years movies are:
  • 2018: September 21, October 19, November 9, and December 7
  • 2019: January 25, February 22, April 26, and May 17

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Friday, January 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

The film is set in Warsaw during the martial-law regime of Jaruzelski, but it reaches back 45 years to the Nazi occupation of the city, where we unknowingly witness an unspeakable sin/crime. In the present time of the film, the two protagonists of that terrible event – an aged professor of ethics, and a middle-aged writer and translator – meet, face each other in a powerful and painful confrontation, which at first seems to offer no hope. But grace visits the encounter of the two women, compassion brings them together: a powerful moral and spiritual victory is won.

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

Avraham Eidelmann, an old ultra-orthodox rabbi, has a young wife, Esther, and a young son, Menahem. He spends all his time praying and studying the Torah, and has little time to devote to Esther nor to Menahem, who is awakening to life. But today Menahem is happy. His father has accepted to go to the Dead Sea for their holidays. Once on vacation, adherence to the strictures of Torah do not end. Avraham herds the men out of the water for mid-day prayers. Always taking the longest to pray, he does not notice that Menachem, who slipped off earlier to catch more fish in an estuary, ran into the sea despite his not knowing how to swim. By the time he finishes his prayers properly, for Avraham, for Esther and for Menachem, it’s too late.

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

A beautiful model named Valentine crosses paths with a man, whose beautiful golden retriever she hits with her car. She nurses the dog back to health and returns it to its owner, a retired judge, who tells her she can keep it. He is beyond worrying about dogs. He occupies his days intercepting the telephone calls of his neighbors, and he watches them through his windows almost like God - actually, just like God - curious, since they have free will, what they will do next? After a lifetime of passing verdicts, he wants to be a detached observer.

A young boy lives in a small floating temple on a beautiful lake, together with a master who teaches him the ways of the Buddha. Years later, the boy, now a young man, experiences sexual awakening with a girl who has come to the temple to be healed by the master. The youth runs away to the outside world, but his lust turns his life into hell and leads him to commit a grievous crime. As an adult, he returns to the lake temple where, guided by the old master, he struggles to face his sins and limits, to make atonement, and to find spiritual enlightenment. In this original and fascinating narrative, Kim Ki-duk proposes essential dimensions of universal experience, the moral and spiritual journey all of us undertake and in which, with the grace of God, we achieve freedom, maturity and happiness.