New Movie Depicts Life of Saint Augustine, Famous for "Coming Home" to Catholicism

A new movie, “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine,” is coming Fall 2012.  Saint Augustine, famous for “coming home” to Catholicism, continues to inspire hope in many today who have loved ones away from the faith.

St. Augustine of Hippo is one of the Christian world’s most beloved and well-known saints.  However, his amazing conversion and heroic life have not been told on the big screen…until now.  According to the movie’s website (www.RestlessHeartFilm.com), “in this stirring and epic new film of the life of St. Augustine of Hippo, follow the great saint as he rises from his reckless days as a youth to his accomplishments as renowned but dissolute orator.  Though worldly success and riches come his way…satisfaction and peace elude him.  It takes a confrontation with Christian bishop Ambrose and the countless prayers offered by his patient mother, Monica, to break through his intellectual pride.”

Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago offers his reflection about the movie: “Many generations of Catholics have turned to the Confessions of Saint Augustine for encouragement and sustenance in living as disciples of the Lord.  Restless Heart invites even more people to discover the power of this spiritual classic. This film brings the words of the Confessions to life by enabling us to more fully understand the relationships and the culture that shaped Augustine, and to better grasp his talents and ambitions, sins and struggles and, ultimately, his sanctity.  Restless Heart draws us to appreciate the magnitude and the totality of Augustine’s conversion of mind and heart. It invites us to consider how the Lord, whose merciful love is active in every time and place, is drawing us to give our own minds and hearts more completely to Him.”

Check-out the movie trailer and theater information.

To view inspirational modern day “coming home” stories, visit the CatholicsComeHome.org Real People. Real Stories video testimonials page.

Feast of All Souls

“If we had no care for the dead, we would not be in the habit of praying for them.” -St. Augustine

Today is the Solemnity of All Souls, during which we remember to pray for the faithful departed, for all the holy souls in Purgatory. Do you know the origin of  this feast day (and the origin of the Solemnity of All Saints)? Read this article by Fr. William Saunders to understand more clearly these holy days we celebrate this week.

“Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.” -St. John Chrysostom

Meeting Christ in the Saints

“Devotion to a particular saint always means that the saint in question is held in high personal regard. Not only do we have particular reverence for the saint, but we are spiritually fascinated by his life, works, and virtues. Somehow weSBernard_BR2 are able spiritually to enter into his life: we seem to understand and grasp something of his unique spiritual genius. Not only that, but we want to be influenced by this saint, because the way he lived and practiced virtue on earth is viewed as a thing of compelling beauty.” (Father Michael D Griffin, O.C.D, Saint Joseph – A Theological Introduction)

Which saints do you hold in high personal regard? What about their sainthood most makes them so beautiful to you? Which of their virtues compells you to work toward your own sanctity with more fervor and devotion?

“Ah! from how great bitterness of soul have you often delivered me, O Good Jesus, coming to me!… How often has StAugustineprayer taken me on the brink of despair, and restored me to the state of soul of one exulting in joy and confident forgiveness. Those who are afflicted in this way, behold they know that the Lord Jesus is truly a Physician Who healeth the broken of heart and bindeth up their bruses” (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Canticles ch.XX)

“Late have I loved you, Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you, and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed headlong – I, misshapen. You were with me, but I was not with you. They held me back far from you, those things which would have no being, were they not in you. You called, shouted, broke through my deafness; you flared, blazed, banished my blindness; you lavished your fragrance, I gasped; and now I pant for you; I tasted you, and now I hunger and thirst; you touched me, and I burned for your peace.” (St. Augustine, Confessions X:27)therese

“I have never wished for human glory, contempt it was that had attraction for my heart; but having recognized that this again was too glorious for me, I ardently desire to be forgotten.” (St. Therese of Lisieux)

Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten Message 2010

Lent is quickly arriving…Ash Wednesday is tomorrow! In preparation for this holy season, take some time to read Pope Benedict’s beautiful Lenten reflection on God’s justice. He reminds us all that “the justice of God has been manifested through faith in Jesus Christ.”

Pope's Lenten MessageOur Holy Father also focuses our attention on our need for God:

“Just as man needs bread, so does man have even more need of God. Saint Augustine notes: if ‘justice is that virtue which gives every one his due … where, then, is the justice of man, when he deserts the true God?’ (De civitate Dei, XIX, 21).”

Read the rest of the Pope Benedict’s Lenten message here.

Dive into your Catholic Faith this Lenten season! Learn more about Church teachings at CatholicsComeHome.org.