Horror of horrors! Why is JesCom sponsoring a suspense-thriller?

*Horror of horrors! Why is JesCom sponsoring a suspense-thriller? *

by Dit Sablan

Yes, Jesuit Communications is sponsoring *The Rite*, Warner Brothers’
newest film on exorcism which stars Academy Award winner Anthony
Hopkins. But the film is not your run-of-the-mill exorcist B-movie. It
is based on journalist Matt Baglio’s book, “*The Rite: The Making of a
Modern Exorcist,”* which tells the real life story of Father Gary Thomas
and how he trained and became the official exorcist of San Jose,
California.  In a recent interview with /Zenit News Agency/, Father
Thomas mentions that he and Baglio were not only consulted in the
production of the film but were physically present in the shooting as
well — an assurance of the film’s orthodoxy.

But why should *The Rite* be a relevant film for us?

First, although there are admittedly very few official exorcists around,
the rite of exorcism continues to be a ministry in the Church, following
Jesus Christ who expelled demons from people during his time. There was
a time when, before ordination, would-be priests were ordained to the
minor order of exorcism. And although this practice is no longer
observed in most seminaries, perhaps due to the advent of the scientific
age, the Church nonetheless continues the ministry of exorcism, even as
it maintains its teaching on the existence of the Devil!

Second, in the /Zenit/ interview, Father Thomas reveals a sense of
urgency within the Church as regards this sensitive matter. He cites for
example that months before John Paul II died in 2005, the Pope requested
that each diocese in the Church be equipped with a trained exorcist.
Likewise, recently, the US Bishops met in Baltimore over this issue.
Significantly, Father Thomas as the bishops’ resource person, pointed
out that the youth today are at risk of demonic influences and even
possession, because of their interest in the occult, now widely known as
the new age phenomenon. (Parents beware!)

Finally, the movie is relevant because as Father Thomas says, more than
a suspense-thriller, *The Rite* is a movie about our Faith. Indeed it
deals with our unending daily struggle to win over our demons and our
unending fight against the forces of evil in this world. Surprisingly,
this horror movie may yet inspire us towards greater faith!

/The Advanced Screening of *The Rite* is on Friday, 28 January 2011,
7pm, SM Megamall, Cinema 9. Father Joseph Syquia, official exorcist of
the Archdiocese of Manila will start the event with a brief talk.
Tickets are sold at P500.  Available at the following Tanging Yaman
Outlets: 1. Sonolux Building, Seminary Drive, Ateneo de Manila
University,   2.  Loyola House of Studies, Ateneo de Manila University,
and  3.  5th Floor, SM Megamall Building B, Mandaluyong City.
/

/For more information, call 426-5971 local 111 – 113.

/

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Catholic Apologist Steve Ray visits Manila and Davao

From Bro. Marwil N. Llassos, O.P. of the Knight of Mary blog:

My dear friend, MR. STEPHEN K. RAY (popularly known as STEVE RAY) a Baptist convert to Catholicism and now a world-renowned Catholic apologist will be in the Philippines for a series of talks. This author and producer of the series FOOTPRINTS OF GOD will arrive on July 9, 2010.

Steve Ray will speak to the seminarians of San Carlos Seminary on July 10, 2010 (8:00 a.m.). He will then be the main lecturer during the Apologists Forum on the same day at Virra Mall from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On July 12, 2010, Steve Ray will talk about Mary from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the chapel of Megamall.

The next day, July 13, 2010, Steve Ray will talk at San Pedro Poveda College from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and to the Couples for Christ from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On July 14, 2010, Steve Ray will preach at Rosehill at 8:00 a.m.

From July 15 to 17, 2010, Steve Ray will have a series of talks in Davao City.

He will be back in Manila on July 18, 2010 to talk before a large crowd at the Philippine International Convention Center from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Then on July 19-21, Steve Ray will give talks at St. James the Great Parish in Ayala Alabang, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. He will also give a talk at De La Salle Zobel from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 19-21, 2010.

For schedule of the series of talks of popular preacher Mr. Steve Ray, please call Totus Bookstore at (02) 7234326.

Update: Steve Ray talks about Mama Mary on DZMM this Sunday at 8:30 pm. You can listen to him on radio, or you can watch him on DZMM Teleradyo on Skycable or you can watch the video stream live at http://www.dzmm.com.ph/dzmm-stream.html. Mark your calendar.