Today's film shows us world that we have largely lost, but that we might, in the grace of God, recover. See it, and let your eyes mist with gratitude.
Prayers for Dr. Esolen and thank ful for his insight into things.y husband and I just recently watched the Inn of 6th happiness- loved it!
We are presently watching The Long Gray Line- half way through it! What a refreshing movie in our day and age to see. Wouldn’t know about those if it weren’t for Anthony’s posts!🙏
I hope Dr. Esolen is feeling better. We are very grateful for the work that you do, the spread of goodness, light, and what is beautiful.
May I add a comment about A Long Gray Line. Your observation that the firm depicts a world largely lost is terribly apt. I had recently watched this film and was struck by the elegaic quallity of the film's second half and a great sense of what we have lost since the film was made. In the end, the film is a love story above all -- love for country, love for the United States Army, love for family, and most of all the very mature and tender love between a man and wife who grow old together. It is difficult not to be moved by the end of the picture, when the living and the dead (the Communion of the Saints) are reunited at Marty's retirement parade. And a final Fordian grace note that is so easily missed when the senior general tries to inconspicuously wipe a tear from his eye with his glove.
Thank you, again, for your site and gifts you give your readers. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Esolen for a speedy recovery.
I hope Tony gets better soon. He is my role model in many ways and I am grateful for everything he says and does.
I want to let you know that I tried to open the link for “The Inn of the Sixth Happiness” but it says that the page is 'private'.
Also, our excellent young priest had a most challenging point in his homily this morning. Gratitude matters, to put it mildly. Not only am I called to say ‘Thank you’ for those things which please me, but also for the other sort. For thereby, I am given the grace of sharing in the sufferings of our Savior. My mother was a magnificent woman of prayer, and one of her most poignant prayers, spoken a year or so before her death at age 84, was this one: “Lord, help us to keep going.”
Thanks for another wonderful essay, I am so thankful for your family’s work for Truth and Joy. Just the other night, I pulled Sex and the Unreal City off my shelf ( I read books in a highly idiosyncratic order, so that I won’t pick favorites) and have a hard time not underlining something on every page. He writes like Chesterton! And you know what high praise that is. God bless us, every one.
On the short list of favorite movies, and that’s saying quite a bit as an Annapolis grad.
Debra, I am so so sorry to hear about Anthony. I will keep you both in my prayers today. So much to be thankful for and your posts are included in that ,
God bless you Debra and Anthony, and may you quickly recover from whatever ails Anthony. Thank you for all you share here and elsewhere
May Anthony's illness be brief and your family enjoy this gift that God bestowed on us our Country. I am 88 and have loved it all my life but have felt shame at politicians that use it. God Bless ùs all! With humble Thanks to Him!
This is a wonderful film as is the West Point graduation song “Army Blue.” It uses the same melody as “Aura Lea.” And even Elvis used that tune to sing “Love Me Tender.”
A Happy Thanksgiving to all, and especially the whole Esolen family! I know we are all unfathomably grateful to have the wisdom you all share every day.
Best wishes and prayers for Dr. Esolen's health! Hopefully, his recovery is swift and not too uncomfortable. As indomitable as he is, I'm certain he'll be back up and about in no time!