Liebter Award




My friend at The Silver Screen Savant nominated me for the prestigious Liebter Awards! Well, as with all of these awards, they served as a great opportunity to get to know people around the blogosphere and introduce blogs to new audiences. Thank you for this great and fun opportunity!!!

I hope that the few dozen friends that visit me take the opportunity to visit his blog at The Silver Screen Savant. He has smart and unique commentaries on movies and documentaries that are not only easy to read but also are fun to read.

Before I take on this Challenge let me leave you with a quote from Dr. Peter Kreeft about the power of movies:

“The imagination is the most powerful force in human nature for good or for evil. Of all the art forms in our culture cinema is the one that most powerfully uses the imagination. Therefore cinema has the most power the most potential for good or evil of all art forms in our culture.”

Peter Kreeft


The Liebster Award is an award for bloggers. It helps to discover new blogs and to build a sense of community in the blogging world! Also it allows me to ramble on about things that aren’t movies.

Okay, so here are the rules:

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
• Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
• Nominate 11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
• Let the bloggers know you nominated them
• Give them 11 questions of your own

If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what genre would you choose?

The Classics…a lifetime will hardly be enough time to immerse oneself in the richness of authors like Plato, Virgil, Augustine, and Aquinas…

What is your favorite book and why?

To say one or another would feel as if I am betraying a friend…so I dare not say.

Which writer inspires you the most?

The saints by a long, long shot…

What was the first book you ever read?

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Who is your favorite character from any book, movie, tv show etc. and why?

Tough one…but I have to say William Wallace from the movie Braveheart…Freeedom!!!

What is your favorite literary/poetic quote?

Probably anything written by GK Chesterton…

What’s your favorite movie?

The Passion of the Christ…best movie ever made.

What is your favorite place in the entire world? And why?

Home, because that’s where the heart is…

What place have you not visited but would you like to visit the most? And why?

The Eagle and the Child Pub (Oxford)…in order to have a pint in the playing grounds of CS Lewis and Tolkien.

What is your favourite time in history?

Very hard to say…

The first century because you have three events that changed history:

1. The fall of the Roman Republic
2. The rise of the Roman Empire
3. The emergence of Christianity and the early Fathers of the Church

Tell me a random fact about you!

My first doctor was David Tennant…

And my nominees are:

1. Mitch Teemly at The Power of Story
2. Crows Head Soup
3. Sincerely James
4. Hannas Walk 
5. Men of one accord 
6. Awkward Girl 
7. Mrs. Dessert Monster 
8. Pacific Paratrooper
9. John Coyote 
10. The Conservative Hillbilly 
11. Letter and Notes

Note to nominees…first, your blog is awesome. If you feel that an “award post” will break continuity with your post feel free to just respond to the questions…have some fun!

Here are the questions:

1. What is your favorite book and why?
2. If you could write a book what it would be about?
3. Who is your favorite contemporary author?
4. If you could meet someone in history who it would be?
5. What is your favorite movie/tv show?
6. What is the worst movie ever made?
7. What are your hobbies? Besides blogging!
8. What is your favorite place in the world and why?
9. What place have you not visited but would you like to visit the most? And why?

10. What is your favorite literary quote?
11. Tell us a random fact about you…


Never Again

Years after the end of WWII Josef Muller, ringleader of the German resistance against the Nazi regime and Hitler, pondered about the immense power that hatred can command under the banner of collectivism. That is the idea that the good of the group trumps the rights of the individuals or rather the need of one trumps the rights of the other. In his view the antidote for such reckless abdication of human dignity was a renewal of the concept of personhood, which is so often destroyed in totalitarian regimes.  That is the very basic Christian principle (grounded not only on divine revelation but also on natural law) that every individual has an intrinsic dignity and that is endowed with rights.

Personhood…today we look back at the atrocities committed in Nazi Germany at Auschwitz and with sadden heart we mourn at the lost of millions  but also at such moments when we reflect on our pass is when we are compelled to look at the present. What holocaust are we refusing to see?

Our consciences asked us to look at the modern holocaust of abortion. Whose rationalization is also based on the denial of personhood. May we look at our own history and acknowledge that right in front of our eyes we are repeating it, that for the sake of the “good” of one, we denied life to the innocent.

My Top 5 movies of 2015

Here are my top 5 movies for 2015:

5. Star Wars: Force Awakens – JJ thank you for re-kindling the excitement for a galaxy far away…

4. Bridges of Spies – This movie marks the return of Steven Spielberg to high form.

3. Inside Out – A brilliant and emotional screen representation of what goes up in our brains.

2. Mad Max: Furry Road – Probably the best action film ever. I was mesmerized not only by its nimble and sharp script but also by the fact that it is a story about redemption that plays against the backdrop of stunning visuals and exhilarating action sequences. Absolutely Brilliant!

1. The Revenant – This movie is an achievement in film making.


There are plenty of movies that were release in 2015 that I haven’t seen like Slow West, Creed, Sicario, The Walk, and in the Heart of the Sea among others…I just noticed that The Martian didn’t make my list but it was a fun movie to watch.

Happy New Year: 2016!


Happy New Year Everyone!

As we boldly embark into 2016 may it be a year full of blessings, hope and growth. As we welcome the New Year I will like to share this reflection from Divine Office:

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to Aaron and his sons, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel; you shall say to them, The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them”

Num 6:22-27


Today is the Octave of Christmas, the Solemnity of Mary – the Holy Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace. As we remember the ancient blessing God gave the Israelites, may we be reminded of the Incarnation. For through the Incarnation of the Son of God through Mary His Mother, the peace that the world cannot give begins to be among us. Mary’s “sorrowing heart was enlarged to make room for all men and women, whether good or bad,” she offers “her maternal affection to each and every person… a source of hope and true joy.”

-Written by Sarah Ciotti

Many Blessings for 2016,