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Friday, May 9, 2014

May 9, 2014: Del Rio News-Herald Letters to the Editor "Thank you Cinemark for faith-based movies"

 Letter to the Editor,

Thanks to Cinemark 8 and to all in our community for supporting Faith-inspired and Bible-based movies that have recently been shown in our movie theatre: Son of God, Noah, God’s Not Dead, and Heaven is For Real.

Given that these movies might have been flawed and fractured, we must remember that God utilizes everything, including frail and feeble instruments like films to manifest the transforming power of His Love and Mercy.

Unfortunately, we do not always get to see the theatrical release of some major movie presentations, but with these movies we were afforded the opportunity of enjoying the movie-going experience.

Of course, now movies are available for viewing in DVD, On-Demand and Online formats; but seeing movies in the theatre is a totally unique experience:  sitting in the audience engulfed in darkness, thoroughly enchanted and enthralled by the majestic, mesmerizing sights and sounds of the larger than life story creatively portrayed on the wide screen eliciting thought-provoking or cathartic emotional responses. 

It was truly edifying and heartwarming to see the theatre filled with multi-generational audiences of the young and the young-at-heart.

Faith-inspired and Bible-based movies have been few and far between; however, it now appears that we are witnessing a revival given the enthusiastic support shown by their status as box-office hits.

Hopefully moviemakers will continue to make faith and family friendly movies so we will continue to be encouraged and uplifted in our journey on this earth towards eternity.

Light shines brightest in the darkness and the Light of God’s Beauty, Goodness and Truth shines beautifully and brilliantly; not only in the darkness of the movie theatre but more importantly in the darkness of our world.

Movies have the potential to transmit their cinematic charisma for the greater glory of God, with the inspirational power to truly touch the hearts, minds and souls of people everywhere with the grace of God.

See you at the movies! 
Marian Casillas, Ed.D.