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Ignatius of Loyola

Starring Andreas Muñoz
Run time: 120 minutes
Rated: PG-13
In theaters now

For those of us not raised and educated by Jesuits, we may vaguely know of the order’s founder. His name probably bounces around in our minds with dozens of other Counter-Reformation saints like Francis de Sales, Phillip Neri, Francis Xavier and Charles Borromeo.

This new historical drama, based on the memoirs of St. Ignatius of Loyola, will help change that. Ignatius was a soldier, a man of vice and violence who, in his attempt to turn to the light, was forced to wrestle with his inner demons to the very brink of death.

Loyola’s leg was seriously injured during his valiant but futile defense at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521. While recovering, he reluctantly read the lives of the saints and the life of Christ. Thus began his transformation from a warrior for the world to a warrior for Christ. Imitating his newfound hero, Francis of Assisi, Loyola gave away his belongings to live a beggar’s life.

But God has other plans. Loyola developed his nowfamous spiritual exercises and became a brilliant teacher. He caught the attention of Church officials who brought him before an Inquisition. Despite his trials, Loyola remained committed to prayer, fasting and devotion to Jesus. “If you could hear the voice of God, would you want to keep it secret?” he asks.

Spanish actor Andreas Muñoz is exceptional as Ignatius in this Filipino production shot in Spain and the Philippines. He brilliantly captures the saint’s struggles with depression and near-suicide, his trial before the Inquisition, and his ultimate vindication.

There is so much to be learned from Loyola’s life and so many lessons to be gleaned from this film. Ultimately, this is a story of God’s grace and how, through tragedy, the Lord calls us to turn our gaze toward the only One who can save us.

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief.

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Directed by Stephen Payne
Not Rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
DVD and streaming

Since the 1960s, Saul Alinsky’s words and famous work, Rules for Radicals, have influenced political tactics and theories — especially on issues concerning social justice. Behind his thesis, however, lurks a deadly agenda that threatens the Church — and Christianity’s core beliefs.

This film is a powerful new docu-drama from the Catholic father-and-son team of Richard and Stephen Payne. It reveals how Alinsky, the father of community organizing, successfully pulled the wool over society’s eyes. The Paynes deftly examine Alinsky’s massive political influence, including the impact on his most famous pupils — Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The film, which aired on EWTN during the fall, is a lens into America’s cultural Marxism euphemistically called “progressivism.” The Paynes explore Alinsky and his movement juxtaposed with the classic teachings of the Church with insights from philosopher Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. (who was trained in Alinskyian organizing), Alinsky expert Stephanie Block, and others.

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing is a powerful attempt to sound the alarm for those not yet fully aware of Alinsky and the threat he still poses to the U.S. and the Catholic Church. It calls for a return to the Church’s social principles for the sake of saving society from the culture of death brought about by Marxism.

In Alinsky’s final interview just before his 1972 death, he said, “If there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell…. Over here, if you’re a have-not, you’re short of dough. If you’re a have-not in hell, you’re short of virtue. Once I get into hell, I’ll start organizing the have-nots.” Asked why, Alinsky states, “They’re my kind of people.”

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief.
LifeSiteNews.com contributed to this review.
For more, visit AlinskyFilm.com

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