Pope Benedict XVI declared June 2008 to June 2009 “the Year of St. Paul.” At Easter, Paul becomes even more interesting, for me, as a man full of fire, love, hope and faith.
Key themes from Paul’s letters can be explored with films, themes that become especially meaningful in the Easter season. Paul experienced God in his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus, in his mystical experiences and in his understanding of the Incarnation and redemption. For Paul, everything in his life that followed was rooted in that life-changing Damascus experience, the ultimate, human “holy moment” when Paul beheld the face of God.
God’s transforming action
Many films, either fictional or based on real events, deal explicitly with God’s intervention in human affairs and the human response:
“Millions” (2005): A British film directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) about a little boy who has a unique relationship with the saints as he tries to find a way to use some unexpected cash to do good for others.
“The Third Miracle” (1999): Ed Harris plays a Chicago priest in the midst of a crisis of faith as he investigates miracles attributed to a local woman.