"Maximilian Schell stars as "the flying friar", St. Joseph of Cupertino, in this heartwarming and amazing true story of the humble Franciscan friar who literally rose to sainthood. In the impoverished village of 17th century Cupertino, Italy, Joseph’s peasant mother convinces the reluctant Abbott (Ricardo Montalban) to accept her son into the monastery. With the support of the kindly local Bishop who sees in him a great deal more than others, and by a series of miraculous incidents, the simple but pious Joseph is ordained a priest. Yet some are convinced that it is the devil, not God, who is responsible for Joseph's miraculous powers – until a final miracle reveals to all his true sanctity.
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My children and I really enjoyed it. Sure, there are some hokey scenes but lives of the saints are still and always inspiring. Our saints are mocked and mistreated and yet they go on, living lives for Christ.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, an unlikely subject for sanctity was mistreated but he had a great and simple devotion to Mary. For him, Mary and the Mass were...uplifting! One of my favorite scenes is below, with Ricardo Montoblan . The regret, the epiphany, the shame, the humility,the conversion that he experiences is not unlike how we may remember our own conversions. I know it touched that heartstring for me.
And it reminded me of another, similar scene in another movie. Joshua.
F. Murray Abraham lets out such a plaintive cry when Joshua moves his heart. This film is not Catholic (review) but I love how Joshua calls the Pope, Peter. Have any good movies to recommend? I have more under my FILM tag.