• Profiles of Faith

    Bella explores love in the midst of the unexpected

    It’s a pleasant surprise to buy a ticket and a bag of overpriced popcorn at the neighborhood megaplex and then watch a film that beautifully illustrates the guiding principles of our faith. The value of life, sacrificial love, the bonds of family and friends, service, compassion, redemption – it’s all there in Bella, a low-key independent film that’s getting a lot of buzz. In the film, we meet: > Nina (Tammy Blanchard), an unmarried waitress dealing with an unexpected and unwanted pregnancy. She’s sick, confused and fears the future; and > José (Eduardo Verastegui) who used to be a popular professional soccer player with a multi-million dollar contract. After a tragic accident drains…

  • Profiles of Faith

    Jim Caviezel reprises role of Jesus in new audio bible

    In between long drags of his cigarette, Mel Gibson asked Jim Caviezel again if he wanted to portray Jesus in Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ, as Hollywood has a history of typecasting actors after high-profile roles. “Absolutely,” Caviezel replied. While he joked with Gibson that he was perfect for the role (being 33 years old with the initials of JC), it was Caviezel’s strong faith that led him to the acting profession. “I have no doubt that God put me in this business. When I was a teenager in a movie theater in my hometown, I felt this huge pain in my chest, like a voice saying, ‘Please get…

  • Profiles of Faith

    Author’s inspired stories reveal sparks of faith

    In love and work, you often have to make a choice. For best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, the choice was easy – create characters in his novels with many of his own faith-driven values. In Sparks’s novel The Notebook (also a film from New Line Cinema), Allie has to choose which man to marry. Does she play it safe and follow through with her engagement to Lon, a wealthy, powerful lawyer? Or does she follow her heart and go back to Noah, with whom she shared a romantic summer? These choices, says Sparks, are what life is all about. “Everybody confronts these issues on a daily basis – what kind of person we…