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Director discusses forthcoming film on Opus Dei founder

Catholic World News - January 03, 2011

Roland Joffé, twice nominated for the Academy Award for best director, discusses his forthcoming film There Be Dragons, in which St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-75), the founder of Opus Dei, is featured as a main character.

“I was struck by Josemaría's statement that God is found in ‘everyday life,’ and that everyday life, in his case, was the Spanish Civil War,” says Joffé, who describes himself as “not religious.”

“Josemaría also claimed that ordinary people were quite capable of being saints-- and I think this kind of heroic forgiveness is what he was talking about. The inexhaustible possibility of forgiveness is what offers room for hope. But the price is high: It takes a deep sense of what it is to be fully human, a deep feeling for compassion-- and a firm, individual, and yes, heroic resolve not to be caught up in prevailing hatreds, but to fight them with unremitting love.”

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