• Reel Life Journeys

    Search for life’s meaning leads us to the Hereafter

    Meet Marie. Life is easy for Marie, a television journalist in Paris. She searches for the truth in every interview she conducts. She is passionate about her job, which makes her very successful and popular in her community. One day while vacationing in a seaside village , Marie walks through the market, shopping for gifts from street vendors. A little girl tries to sell her a bracelet. They both turn toward the ocean to see a tremendous tsunami wave destroying everything in its wake. They run away but are quickly swept up in the tumultuous water. Marie slams into the debris, hitting her head on a bridge. Slowly sinking and…

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    Stick together as a family, even through tough times

    In 1965, 20th Century Fox released the film John Goldfarb, Please Come Home. A comic spoof on the Cold War, the film depicts the mad-capped events after a spy plane flown by John Goldfarb, a former Notre Dame football player, crashes in the fictitious Arab country of Fawzia. The King (Peter Ustinov) keeps Goldfarb (Richard Crenna) prisoner, forcing him to teach a group of Fawzians how to play American football. Jenny Ericson (Shirley McLain) is a reporter who goes undercover as a member of the king’s harem. Ambitious to make Fawzia known around the world, the king blackmails the U.S. State Department into arranging a game between his team and…

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    Rudy: “Work hard to achieve your dream”

    Three months after Rudy Ruettiger graduated from Notre Dame, I arrived on campus as a freshman. I remember hearing comments about a walk-on who got to play during the previous season, but not much was made of it at the time. Thirty years later, the film Rudy is now as much a part of the lore and legend of Notre Dame football as the stories of Knute Rockne, the Gipper and the Four Horsemen. And since it is a contemporary story with endearing qualities that transcend football, more people probably know more about Rudy than the Notre Dame legends listed above. That’s a good thing, because the film’s message of…