St. Joseph of Cupertino Movie, The Reluctant Saint

You can watch this whole movie on YouTube and it is one to watch!
"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.

Another review can be found HERE.

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.


Laura said...

So funny...I have never seen this movie before last night. I've had countless people reprimand us for not having seen it so last night friends came over and MADE us watch it! It was a good movie...funny, and yes, not always the greatest acting, but a lot of good messages in it!

Chris said...

Thanks for the tip, Allison!

Mom2Seven said...

Hey Allison... I am about an hour into it and am thoroughly enjoying it! I will most definitely finish it either later tonight or maybe tomorrow. His mother reminds me of my sister-in-law who is foreign and a tad animated! ;) Thanks for sharing!
Happy weekend! +JMJ+

A Secular Franciscan said...

We own a copy of "The Reluctant Saint" - we watch it regulalry. A delignhtful film!

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