The Case for Christ is a compelling love story

10 Apr

Starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway
Run time: 112 minutes
Rated: PG
In theaters April 7

After reading Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Christ a few years ago, I attempted to contact him by email. In his book, the former investigative journalist recounts his journey from atheism to Christianity. He set out to prove that Jesus was a hoax and the resurrection never happened.

In my email, I challenged Strobel to write a sequel: The Case for Catholicism. I asked him to apply the same passion and take the same approach — turning over every rock, probing every historical crevice to prove that the Catholic Church is not the church founded by Jesus Christ. I’m not sure if my email got through. I didn’t receive a response.

Mike Vogel stars as Lee Strobel in The Case for Christ

Strobel’s best-selling book is now a full-length motion picture — a very important one at that. The film — produced by Pure Flix, the studio behind God’s Not Dead (and its sequel) and Woodlawn — cracked the Top 10 last weekend. It should be a massive hit, entering the box office race right before Easter.

The story is compelling, well-acted and better written than most Christian (or even mainstream) films these days. In the movie, Strobel (Mike Vogel, The Help, Cloverfield) is frustrated that his wife Leslie (Erika Christensen, Parenthood, Flightplan) finds Christ and gets baptized. He sees Jesus as his rival and sets out to prove that Christianity is a sham. In the process, Strobel uncovers massive amounts of evidence, but none of it backs up his own worldview. He discovers that it takes more faith to disbelieve in Jesus than to embrace the historic truths that back up everything about the Lord, his death and resurrection.

“In the end, The Case for Christ is a love story.” ~Patrick Novecosky.

In the end, The Case for Christ is a love story — Strobel’s love for his wife, his wife’s love for him and Jesus, and, ultimately, Jesus’ love for each and every one of us. In our age of rapid secularization and indifference to facts and the truth, The Case for Christ is one of the most important films of the past decade. Strobel’s book is powerful and compelling. The film version captures it perfectly. Let’s just pray he takes up my challenge. It would be a riveting sequel!

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is the editor of this blog. His review appeared in the April issue of Legatus magazine.

 

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EWTN Radio: Legatus’ 30th anniversary

8 Mar

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 8, 2017) — Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky, editor of this blog, was an in-studio guest on EWTN Radio’s Morning Glory program this morning.

MorningGloryAlso in-studio were Morning Glory host Brian PatrickDr. Matthew Bunson, Amy McInerny of Human Life Action, producer Alyssa Murphy,  and Dominican Fr. Thomas Petri.

During the 10-minute segment, the hosts asked Novecosky about Legatus’ 30-year history, the ethical challenges facing presidents and CEOs, and Legatus’ formation of Catholic business leaders. Both Bunson and McInerny both talked about their own experiences speaking to Legatus chapters across the country.

CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (10 minutes 28 seconds)

At EWTN’s Washington, DC, studios (L-R) Dr. Matthew Bunson (EWTN Senior Contributor), Catherine Szeltner (Host, EWTN Pro-Life Weekly), Patrick Novecosky (Editor-in-Chief, Legatus magazine)

Catholic Answers: Faith, work and the New Evangelization

24 Feb
Patrick Novecosky takes a turn behind the host's mic in the Catholic Answers studio

Patrick Novecosky takes a turn behind the host’s mic in the Catholic Answers studio

EL CAJON, California (Feb. 24, 2017) – Legatus magazine editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky was an in-studio guest on Catholic Answers Focus this afternoon, broadcast across the United States on various Catholic radio networks, including Immaculate Heart Radio.

Catholic Answers host Cy Kellett asked Novecosky about Legatus’ efforts to form Catholic business executives in the faith. Legatus is a membership organization of Catholic business leaders. Kellett also asked Novecosky about the evolution of Catholic media over the past 25 years, the influence of Opus Dei, and the importance of allowing one’s faith to shine through at work.

Kellett also asked Novecosky about his public speaking on topics like fatherhood, Divine Mercy, and Pope St. John Paul II. Novecosky worked for the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy for five years, and he met the saint four times. CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (31 minutes).

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Jennifer Fulwiler Show: Can you bring your faith to work?

7 Feb

the-catholic-channel-logoNEW YORK (Feb. 7, 2017)–Legatus magazine editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky was a guest on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show this afternoon on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel. Fulwiler asked Novecosky about the challenges about sharing one’s faith in the workplace. In a post-Christian culture, there is a debate about the best way to live between those who have a daily walk with Christ and those who live a secular life, he said.

They discussed how business owners and other leaders can live their faith at work — and also how regular workers can be more overt about their faith at the office. Novecosky talked about praying for those we work with and waiting for an opportunity to share our faith as St. Peter wrote: “Always be ready to give a reason for our hope.” CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (17 minutes).

Walking the walk: Finding faith and friendship at work

18 Jan

morningshow31-trans800FORT WAYNE, Indiana (January 17, 2017) — Legatus magazine editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky was a guest on The Kyle Heimann Show this morning on Redeemer Radio. Host Kyle Heimann asked Novecosky about how to find friends who can support us in our work and in our faith.

Novecosky relayed some good advice from St. John Bosco about finding friends who will help us grow in holiness and virtue. He stressed the importance of daily prayer and listening to the Lord to discern his will for our lives. They also talked about how to find faith-filled friends at work by listening and by being forthright about our faith in all aspects of our lives. CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (First 14 minutes).

Jennifer Fulwiler Show: Business leaders can be saints

28 Dec

the-catholic-channel-logoNEW YORK (December 28, 2016) — Legatus magazine editor-in-chief Patrick Novecosky was a guest on The Jennifer Fulwiler Show this afternoon on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel. Fulwiler asked Novecosky about Legatus–what it is, how it was founded, and whether or not business leaders can be saints. Can one put God first and at the same time seek excellence in the business world?

Novecosky highlighted the work done by Legatus members and how they–and all of us–are accountable for how we use our talents and material blessings. CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview (First 23 minutes of audio).

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The general and the cardinal: Separated at birth?

18 Nov

AVE MARIA, Florida (November 18, 2016) — In scanning the news this morning, I noticed that President-elect Donald Trump has asked Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Army, Retired), 57, to be his national security adviser. I also took note that Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, 67, will receive his red hat from Pope Francis this weekend. It’s a monumental weekend for both men.

And I couldn’t help but notice that from a certain angle they look very much alike. A Google search for them pulled up zero mentions that they are brothers or perhaps twins separated at birth. The cardinal-elect should be flattered. He’s a full decade older than the general. Further, no one else has pointed out the striking similarity. Your thoughts?

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