Movie Nights at St. Thomas's
In 2009, St. Thomas's hosted a series of movie nights. Four movies were viewed over four weeks and each screening was followed by a discussion led by Nadia Delicata, a doctoral candidate in theology at Regis College. The movies were discussed in the context of the Spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The dynamic of the Spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola moves through four "weeks," or periods of reflection, to allow us to enter ever more deeply into our relationship with God. The information below was Nadia's description of the "weeks" and the movies that were watched.
Week ONE: C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
Wednesday, April 14th
The first week asks us to transition from our somnambulistic lifestyle of busyness, noise and inattention to become aware of God's ongoing presence within us and in all things. Through this first movement of "conversion" from being oriented to the world to becoming attentive to God, we discover how we are irrevocably and unconditionally loved, notwithstanding-indeed even through-our deep experience of sin.
C.R.A.Z.Y. is a story of two love affairs: a father's love for his five sons and one son's love for his father, a love so strong it compels him to live a lie. That son is Zac Beaulieu, born on the 25th of December, 1960, different from all his brothers, but desperate to fit in. During the next 20 years, life takes Zac on a surprising and unexpected journey that ultimately leads him to accept his true nature and, even more importantly, leads his father to love him for who he really is. A mystical fable about a modern-day Christ‐like figure, "C.R.A.Z.Y" exudes the beauty, the poetry and the madness of the human spirit in all its contradictions.
Week TWO: The End of the Affair (1999)
Wednesday, April 21st
The second week of the exercises asks us to contemplate the life of Christ and to become "disciples" or lifelong students, of the one Teacher. Christ is the perfect image, form and inspiration for our hoped-for completion. Accordingly, to learn to imitate Christ is to embrace the fullness of humanity. This careful study and attentiveness to the life of Christ, from his birth to his ministry, is thus an important path of ongoing purification and transformation to become evermore like Christ in the Spirit.
The End of the Affair: On a rainy London night in 1946, novelist Maurice Bendrix has a chance meeting with Henry Miles, husband of his ex‐mistress Sarah, who abruptly ended their affair two years before. Bendrix's obsession with Sarah is rekindled; he succumbs to his own jealousy and arranges to have her followed.
Week THREE: Dancer in the Dark (2000)
Wednesday, April 28th
The third week of the exercises presents to us the culmination of Christ's love as well as of the cost of our discipleship. Ultimately, to become like Christ is to learn to love as he loved-all the way, to the absolute sacrifice and self-emptiness of the cross. The passion narrative is not merely the tragedy of meaningless violence: rather, Christ's death annihilates death itself. Free self-offering love is the dynamic of greatest creativity giving new life to all. It is the very life of the divine.
In Dancer in the Dark, Selma is a Czechoslovakian immigrant, a single mother working in a factory in rural America. Her salvation is her passion for music, specifically, the all‐singing, all‐dancing numbers found in classic Hollywood musicals. Selma harbors a sad secret: she is losing her eyesight and her son Gene stands to suffer the same fate if she can't put away enough money to secure him an operation. When a desperate neighbor falsely accuses Selma of stealing his savings, the drama of her life escalates to a tragic finale.
Week FOUR: Children of Men (2006)
Wednesday, May 5th
The fourth week celebrates that new life of the resurrection culminating in the descent of the Spirit. It therefore invites us to reflect on the mission of the church in and to the world at every moment in history. Even more crucially, as we experience transformation in Christ, each one of us receives their unique call to beautify the world through their experience of the Kingdom. Yet even in the experience of the resurrection, we are still required to continue in vigilance, to discern the spirits and consequently, to persevere in the path of purification of our hearts and the world.
Children of Men: The world's youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth.
Nadia Delicata's specialization is Christianity and culture, and her doctoral dissertation focuses on the challenges to Christian identity and formation in the contemporary "global village." She holds a Master of Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Regis College, and a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.) from the University of Malta. Since moving to Canada, Nadia has presented lectures, offered workshops and facilitated various types of formation sessions in parishes and Christian communities. In Malta, she worked in youth ministry and with various communities of people with special needs. Nadia is married and has a daughter.