Fulton Sheen once said there is “too much talk about religion and not enough action.” St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, would probably agree.

Monsignor Escriva began Opus Dei in 1928 — guided by the Holy Spirit — to help people understand and live lives more fully united with God, as children of God. For Monsignor Escriva, the fruit of living “unity of life” is sanctity and a divinization of the ordinary, in all spheres of human affairs.

The film, “There Be Dragons” starring Charlie Cox (top photo) as St. Josemaria Escriva, is based on the life of the saint, with particular emphasis on the period during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).

While attending the U.S. Premiere, I had a chance to speak with Charlie Cox, Olga Kurylenko and Wes Bentley about making the movie. Each had their own story of how making this film had helped them to grow as actors and people. The combination of working with Director Roland Joffe and being immersed in the life of Josemaria Escriva had been “transformative.” When asked if making the film had helped him to grow as a person/actor? Charlie Cox said “massively.” Wes Bentley said the film is about “redemption and forgiveness — what I needed in my life.” Olga Kurylenko commented that Roland Joffe brought “passion and love” to the project, adding “you can’t be bad with him.” She said “it’s a smart movie.” They all said they would like to work together again.

“There Be Dragons” offers a rich, even meditative, film experience — especially in the theater.

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