Habemus Papam; we have a Pope!
We are of course a book club of 10 women who read only Catholic Women Authors, and we’re all very excited by the news of Pope Francis I!
Celeste attended the Denver Rally for the Pope!!
Celeste even made it to the Rally for the Pope even though it was only 3 hours after the Holy Father made his first appearance.
Whatever could we have in common with the new pope?
Why we’re Catholic of course!
Well yeah but beyond that—I found out from NewAdvent that the new Pope’s favorite movie is also a favorite Book & Movie Night combo of ours.
We first read the novella by Karen Blixen (aka Isak Dinesen) and then watched the movie Babette’s Feast, directed by Gabriel Alex.
Truth be told we do not really know for sure if Blixen was Catholic, but we do know from her autobiography Out of Africa that she loved the Mass and attended often while living in Africa. We hoped she had converted before her death during a long and painful illness.
I’m unfortunately not a movie critic, but fortunately for all of us, Stephen Greydanus is! And he explains so perfectly that this is a deep and powerful movie full of Eucharistic and sacramental symbols; it is not just a foodie movie about food or an art movie about the sacrifices of artists!
Authored Babette’s Feast
I love how the setting of the movie of an isolated protestant sect (now cut off from their founder after his death) in an isolated Danish village conjures up the feeling that outside the Church one can dream up his own religion without limit and yet with each re-invention become increasingly alone; cut off from the Source of Truth.
And then…..how Babette returns with the rich makings of a feast to find the deceased pastor’s daughters alarmed and yet…..willing to allow her to serve them even in their fear. Also, the movie is funny! The old spinster sisters nearly faint at the site of the bottle of excellent wine at which Babette gazes longingly.
So, for a celebration of Pope Francis I and a Lenten sense of Christ’s Passion & Sacramental presence, download Babette’s Feast and watch while you plan your Easter Dinner!
Read more about it at Patheos: