Author Archive: John Darrouzet

John Darrouzet is a successful Hollywood screenwriter, an accomplished lawyer, a student of decision-making, and a deeply committed Roman Catholic layman who is FINDING FAITH AT THE MOVIES. Read more about John here.

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Surprised by The Real Present

Surprised by The Real Present

| 03-26-AD2014 | [1]

I am listening to Father Reuben’s homily about Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well with her earthen vessel when it begins to happen. Father Reuben paints a word picture of their encounter from the point of view of the woman. I find myself there, watching the two of them interacting. I see her […]

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How to Find Faith at the Movies:  The Road Back

How to Find Faith at the Movies: The Road Back

| 01-15-AD2014 | [2]

In this series of posts HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES, John invites readers to take a hero’s journey in search of faith through watching movies. As seen in our ordinary world, John has us first encounter The Fool’s Quest to Understand and asks “Where are you coming from?” Next we consider how each […]

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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AND JESUS:  Face-to-Face Encounters

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY AND JESUS: Face-to-Face Encounters

| 11-15-AD2013 | [41]

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7) I have always been a visual learner. So early on I was intrigued by this seeming dilemma; What does it mean when someone says, “When you don’t see it, but claim […]

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THANK YOU, WENDY DAVIS! I Join You in Prayer

THANK YOU, WENDY DAVIS! I Join You in Prayer

| 11-04-AD2013 | [5]

Surely Wendy Davis has been saying her prayers and with the latest Federal Judge ruling the Texas anti-abortion law unconstitutional in key parts, perhaps she feels her prayers are being answered. I join Wendy Davis in prayer, but I am praying for something else. We have Wendy Davis to thank for another opportunity for the […]

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“Do You See Miracles?” Our Ruby Story

“Do You See Miracles?” Our Ruby Story

| 10-16-AD2013 | [14]

Stacy Trasancos entitles one of her recent posts “Do you See Miracles?” An excellent read. It prompts my response. To answer Stacy’s question “Do you see miracles?” I say “Yes!” Let me briefly describe one that happened right in front of me in a most unexpected way, of course. When my wife, Lynne, and I […]

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“Truth in Religion: The Plurality of Religions and the Unity of Truth”

“Truth in Religion: The Plurality of Religions and the Unity of Truth”

| 09-30-AD2013 | [29]

This is my 12-stage, decision-maker’s summary of philosopher Mortimer Adler’s argument found in his book Truth in Religion: The Plurality of Religions and the Unity of Truth. When he wrote it, he was still on his hero’s journey of decision-making, as you will see. For purposes of this post, Dr. Adler is the hero. 1. […]

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BUILDING A GLOSSARY FOR CATHOLIC DECISION-MAKERS

BUILDING A GLOSSARY FOR CATHOLIC DECISION-MAKERS

| 09-19-AD2013 | [1]

Here is an alphabetized list of words and phrases that I find helpful during a decision-making process. I have drawn the words from many sources and will continue to add terms I find helpful and that you may want to suggest. Below the list is a separate set of words from The Syntopicon of The […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Seizing the Sword

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Seizing the Sword

| 09-09-AD2013 | [6]

In this series of posts HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES, John invites readers to take a hero’s journey in search of faith through watching movies. As seen in our ordinary world, John has us first encounter The Fool’s Quest to Understand and asks “Where are you coming from?” Next we consider how each of us is called to adventure through […]

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Books for Catholic Decision-Makers

Books for Catholic Decision-Makers

| 08-12-AD2013 | [5]

Below are links to books for decision-makers organized by relevant questions and answers that relate to particular milestones along the Decision-Maker’s Path ™. Books for Catholic Decision-Makers 1. Where are you coming from? Your Life as Story Leisure The Basis Of Culture The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community When God […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Your Supreme Ordeal

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Your Supreme Ordeal

| 07-18-AD2013 | [5]

In the series HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES, I have invited you to take a hero’s journey in search of faith through watching movies. As seen in our ordinary world, we first encountered The Fool’s Quest to Understand and asked “Where are you coming from?” Then we considered how each of us is called to adventure through well-drawn questions that […]

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Socrates or Jesus?

Socrates or Jesus?

| 07-01-AD2013 | [6]

     In his book, Socrates: A Man for Our Times, the author Paul Johnson suggests that getting to know Socrates better might help us through our current struggles.     While I agree with the suggestion of getting to know him better, I also sense that getting to know Socrates may better help us understand Aquinas and […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Your Real Agenda

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Your Real Agenda

| 06-17-AD2013 | [5]

In the series HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES, John has invited us to take a hero’s journey in search of faith through watching movies. As seen in our ordinary world, we first encountered The Fool’s Quest to Understand. Then we considered how each of us is called to adventure through well-drawn questions that present a true issue: Issuing the Call […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: The Power of Love and the Love of Power

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: The Power of Love and the Love of Power

| 05-20-AD2013 | [6]

In the series HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES, we have been taking a hero’s journey in search of faith through watching movies. As seen in our ordinary world, we first encountered The Fool’s Quest to Understand. Then we considered how each of us heroes is called to adventure through well-drawn questions that present a true issue: Issuing the Call […]

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: Playing with a Full Deck

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: Playing with a Full Deck

| 05-01-AD2013 | [13]

Early on in my encounters with Stacy Trasancos, through her blog called Accepting Abundance, I often found myself troubled by some of the arguments being hurled her way. Often their fallacious quality was readily apparent, but sometimes the fallacies were more subtle. Given my background in law, I was often and happily drawn into the fray. But […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Crossing Your First Threshold

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Crossing Your First Threshold

| 04-22-AD2013 | [7]

Previously in his series HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES, John has invited readers to join him on a hero’s journey, with the following posts:  The hero is seen in his ordinary world: The Fool’s Quest to Understand The hero is called to adventure: Issuing the Call to Adventure The hero is reluctant: The […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Encountering Your Wise Ones (Part Two)

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Encountering Your Wise Ones (Part Two)

| 03-27-AD2013 | [7]

Previously, in John’s series of posts, HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES, he described the ordinary world of the person seeking to decide about matters of faith in The Fool’s Quest to Understand. In Issuing the Call to Adventure, he invited us to begin one’s faith journey by stating the issue of faith to […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Encountering Your Wise Ones (Part One)

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Encountering Your Wise Ones (Part One)

| 03-27-AD2013 | [8]

Previously, in John’s series of posts, HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES, he described the ordinary world of the person seeking to decide about matters of faith in The Fool’s Quest to Understand. In Issuing the Call to Adventure, he invited us to begin one’s faith journey by stating the issue of faith to be decided. […]

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HIDDEN MESSAGES FOR CATHOLICS In Shakespeare Movies

HIDDEN MESSAGES FOR CATHOLICS In Shakespeare Movies

| 03-10-AD2013 | [7]

Catholics who want to take a stand in our current, apparently threatening, political environment may want to read two books, Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of William Shakespeare and Shakespeare the Papist, watch some movies and then rethink how best to deal with religious persecution.     During William Shakespeare’s time, surely the religious […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: The Role of Reluctance

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: The Role of Reluctance

| 03-01-AD2013 | [8]

Previously, John invited readers to join the quest for Catholic Stands in his blog Where to Start the Quest. In his first post called HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: The Fool’s Quest to Understand, he described the ordinary world of the person seeking to decide about faith and in Issuing the Call to Adventure, he […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Using The Decision-Maker’s Path ™

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Using The Decision-Maker’s Path ™

| 02-15-AD2013

    The Cumulative, Ordered List of Themes, Questions, Musical Warm-Ups, Movie Links, and Meditations No. Theme Question Musical Movie Meditation       Warm-Up     HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: The Fool’s Quest to Understand 1.1. The Fool WHERE ARE YOU COMING FROM? Foolish Heart The Rookie The Annunciation 1.2. Wealth […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Issuing the Call to Adventure

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES: Issuing the Call to Adventure

| 02-14-AD2013 | [12]

Previously, John invited readers to join the quest for Catholic Stands in his blog Where to Start the Quest. In his first HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES post, he described the ordinary world we are coming out of when we come upon as issue in terms of being like The Fool (The Rookie) and understanding wealth […]

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Pope Benedict and the Holy Grail

Pope Benedict and the Holy Grail

| 02-11-AD2013 | [5]

  With the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, this image was being shown on the ABC Special Reports. What struck me most, aside from the announcement itself, was the chalice the Pope was raising. Written about in St. Laurence & the Holy Grail, it appears to be the Holy Chalice of Valencia, depicted in this […]

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HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES:The Fool’s Quest to Understand

HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES:The Fool’s Quest to Understand

| 01-31-AD2013 | [34]

Simply put, I want to show how to help others find faith by watching movies. “Wait!” I hear you say. “Not with the movies so popular today. How is that possible?” Believe it or not, it is possible when we consider the following four steps. A. Link the Hero’s Journey to the Decision-Maker’s Path ™ While […]

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Where To Start the Quest

Where To Start the Quest

| 01-17-AD2013 | [15]

UPDATE: The quest has begun in earnest now with a series of posts called HOW TO FIND FAITH AT THE MOVIES. Please see: (1) THE FOOL’S QUEST TO UNDERSTAND; (2) ISSUING THE CALL TO ADVENTURE; Encountering the Wise Ones (Part One) (Part Two); and watch for more to come.   When our moral lives are understood as forms of spiritual […]

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