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The beauty of Christian witness expresses the beauty of Christianity and provides for its future. How can we be credible in announcing the “good news” if our lives are unable to manifest the “beauty” of this life? From the meeting of faith with Christ, springs forth, in an interior dynamic action supported by Grace, the holiness of the disciples and their capacity to make “beautiful and good” their common life and that of their neighbours. It is not exterior beauty and superficiality, a façade, but an interior beauty that is painted under the action of the Holy Spirit. It shines before men: nothing can hide that which is an essential part of its being. (The Via Pulchritudinis, III.3, emphasis added)

Dear Visitors,

In all that I do, I seek to let shine before all people the beauty of Christianity. I do this first by “walking in the footsteps of Saints” and look to their numerous examples for inspiration on the pilgrimage of life. Additionally, I desire to use my artistic talents for the greater glory of God and for the building up of an authentic Christian culture. I have devoted myself to these two avenues of beauty, as I firmly believe that in the end, “Beauty Will Save the World.”

Here on this website there are many articles that are meant to inspire and act as little lamps in a culture of darkness. You may search them using the “Archives” feature on the sidebar, or you may read my most popular articles featured on my “About” page.

Also, I encourage you to read my published articles and books by going to my “Writing” page. There you will find a few articles as well as updates regarding my upcoming publications. Currently I am busily working on my book on John Paul II’s visit to Central Wisconsin, entitled: “In The Footsteps Of A Saint: John Paul II’s Visit to Wisconsin.” I expect to release this book by October of this year, if all goes as planned. In the mean-time, there will be few articles posted here on my website in order that I keep on schedule.

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In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

Philip Kosloski

New Film to Focus on the Faith and Friendship of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis

After the immense success of film adaptations of “The Lord of the Rings” and the ”Hobbit” trilogies, it is now time for J.R.R. Tolkien to be the focus of a full-length feature film about his personal life. While Chernin Entertainment is currently developing a biopic called “Tolkien,” a smaller independent film company will take a different spin on his life by focusing on his friendship with author C.S. Lewis.

The film is called “Tolkien & Lewis,” and director Simon West has been selected produce the $18 million drama for London-Brisbane based Attractive Films. West is best known for directing ”The Expendables 2” and “Con Air,” and so will be shifting from his typical action genre to direct a movie about two Oxford dons. Also on the team are Jacqueline Cook and Mark Cooper (“Saving Mr. Banks”).

Read the rest of my article at Aleteia

Kolbe: Patron Saint Of Our War-Torn Century

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Kolbe is the patron saint of our difficult century. – St. John Paul II

While St. John Paul II was referring to the previous century, I believe Saint Maximilian Kolbe can be said to be the patron saint of the 21st century as well. Especially in this time of war and violence, we need to have the example of a “martyr of love.” He shows to us how an act of selfless charity can truly inspire and teach us how to live the Gospel. Coupled with his complete trust in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Kolbe presents to us a blueprint of how we are to conquer the dark forces of this world.

It is through Mary’s most pure and loving heart that the hearts of all can be changed. If we want to pray for peace in Iraq, Ukraine or the Holy Land, let us look to the “Immaculata” and entrust our cares to her. She will remain victorious and will conquer our foes through her Immaculate Heart.

Three Ways Marvel Produces Entertaining Movies With A Human Heart

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Marvel Studios is doing something right. Guardians of the Galaxy raked in about $94 million on its first weekend, making it the largest opening for any movie released in August, even beating out the opening weekend of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is not their first success and it won’t be their last. What began as a simple set of comic books has turned into a multi-billion dollar movie industry. The lucrative business of making comic book movies has no end in sight and appears only to be on the rise. In fact, Marvel has plans for many years to come and will continue to produce movies as long as they can be successful. 

But why are their movies so popular? What makes these comic book movies stand out? While Marvel’s films attract many teenagers because of its numerous fast-paced, action-packed sequences, they also draw in people of all ages because they showcase true heroism, human characters and simple fun. Marvel provides a rarity nowadays; entertaining movies with a human heart.

The Merciful Heart of Blessed Edmund Bojanowski

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 [Blessed Edmund Bojanowski] is remembered as a good man with a big heart, who for love of God and neighbor was able to bring different sectors together, effectively rallying them around a common good. In his many-faceted activity, he anticipated much of what the Second Vatican Council said about the apostolate of the laity. His was an exceptional example of generous and industrious work for man, the homeland and the church. – John Paul II at the Beatification of Blessed Edmund Bojanowski, June 13, 1999

August 7th was the feast day of Blessed Edmund Bojanowski, a courageous and merciful man who was born into a noble family in Grabonog, Poland.  From an early age Edmund had a particular love of the sick and the many poor children in the city and countryside. He sought to spend his life working to serve their needs and was a pivotal member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Poland. 

Edmund was a very active layman who founded a “home for orphans and health services to the ill including during outbreaks of cholera, day nursery shelters for neglected children, libraries for the needy, and further activities to develop the religious, moral and cultural values of the people” (Source). He would also visit the sick in their homes and promoted the “Living Rosary.” 

How Closely Should We Follow The Saints?

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Yesterday we celebrated the great feast day of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and today we celebrate the life of another great saint, Saint Alphonsus Liguori. In the context of the liturgy, the celebration of both saints remind us about the importance of following in the footsteps of the saints who have gone before us.

For example, Saint Ignatius of Loyola is famous for his conversion that was the result of reading the lives of the saints. Here is a brief description of it taken from the Office of Readings for yesterday: