I have been quite sleep deprived lately. Baby A wakes up about every 1 1/2 -2 hrs at night, so I am a bit blurry eyed by 9 PM. So when Pete put in a movie called Saint Anthony at 9 PM on Saturday, I was less than interested. I was sitting reading a book called Why Gender Matters and I did not want to watch a movie, plus I just wanted to go to sleep. I had every intention of leaving Pete to watch the movie by himself. But, within about 15 minutes, I was hooked. Maybe it was the fact that the movie was in Italian and I had to read the subtitles to know what was going on, but, whatever it was, I go very involved in the movie. By the end of it (and we stayed up way too late to finish it that night), I was surprised at how much I liked it.
I am usually not one for movies about saints' lives. Maybe, I have not seen enough of them, but the ones I have seen depict the saint as too "saintly" and not real enough.
(They are cheesy . . . Brother Sun, Sister Moon is at the top of that list). Saints were real people, they were just extraordinarily holy.
St Anthony depicted the saint, his incredible holiness, ability to preach and perform miracles, but also his struggles. His struggle to remain humble. His struggle to really know what God wanted from him. His struggle with obedience.
It was a great film about a great Saint. If you ever get a chance to see it, watch it.