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“As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents.”–George Orwell.

Biography: After several epiphanies in Hollywood, California in 1970 I placed my full trust in 1 John 2:27, “You need not that any man should teach you.” From that moment I accepted God and God alone as my teacher. Today I find myself recognized as one of the fifty greatest male speakers of all time. The credit for that lies with God.

St. Paul writes three things are important: faith, hope, love. He states the greatest of these is love. Years ago a dog I had raised from a pup came down with a disease that left him unable to swallow his food nor to drink water. The best authorities said, “No dog in this country (Canada) has survived with what he has. You should put him down.” I said, “What about outside this country?” I was told, “Two in The United States did.” I replied, “Then one in Canada will.” One in Canada did. This is the power of faith and hope. It was a long, hard struggle which ended the day I prepared food for my dog. I heard a voice in my head that said, “I’m okay now, you know.” “Are you,” I said. I placed his food and water on the floor. He was. That is the power of love.

I was brought up to believe that Buddhists, gays, Hindus, Jews, all non-Christians are damned unless they accepted Jesus. Careful study of THE NEW TESTAMENT shows that is a lie.

After seeing a BBC Documentary on THE SHROUD OF TURIN followed by the first episode of JESUS: FAITH, FACT AND FORGERY I got in touch with Barrie Schwortz to order a full size replica of The Shroud. Then I ordered every book and DVD I could find. I have read, re-read and re-re-read the books. I have viewed the DVDs and videos. I have made the material mine.

THE SHROUD has been called The 5TH Gospel. It is. My understanding of Jesus has been increased beyond measure by my study of THE SHROUD OF TURIN. For the last twenty years I have been and continue to be the target of a personal attack meant to cause me violence. My knowledge of the intense suffering of Jesus gained through study of the Shroud continues to be the abiding source of strength while this storm beats against my house.

Two years ago a cat came here to live. He bit, clawed, hissed and scratched. Clearly, he had been hurt. He bit me three times. My hand puffed up. I had to take medication. The third time he bit me I said to him softly, “You know, its okay.” In that instant he experienced a complete change of heart for the better. Now he spends every moment staring at me with love. That is miracle enough for me. That healing is the power of the greatest of the three, love.

Some say the man on the Shroud is not Jesus. Let them. Clearly it is. Some say that for them Jesus is not the Messiah. Let them. He’s Messiah enough (and more than enough) for me.

One of the more delightful things I learned reading Ian Wilson’s work is that Galileans dropped their aitches. The historical Jesus was a dirt poor carpenter from the boonies who dropped his aitches when he spoke. Pretty far from Mel Gibson’s Jesus. Or anyone else’s Jesus for all that.

When my cat, after that third bite, experienced a complete change of heart for the better I thought of the Man on the Shroud. We live in an angry world made violent by the wounds it has suffered.  The only way to heal this world is like Jesus to allow the world to do its worst to us. We are, I am, called to pick up my cross and walk up Calvary’s Hill with a song on my heart.

You do not need me or anyone else to teach you. You need to see God and God alone as our teacher. Do that and miracles happen.

I am not saying I have not learned from other people. I have and that beyond measure. Reading and viewing these works on the Shroud has been incredibly enlightening. So, yes turn to God as our teacher but never forget that we are the instruments through which God teaches. Had not Moses written down what he heard from God we would not be able to argue about it.

Don’t despair that so many are losing faith. Said Jesus in Luke 18:8, “Do you think when I come back I will find as much as one person believing?”

This growing lack of faith is the final sign the climax of history is near.

Be joyful.

Acquiring an authorized replica of THE SHROUD OF TURIN from Barrie Schwortz was the most important thing I did. I have learned much from this 5th Gospel which, unlike the other four written by human hands, has no errors.

If it has no errors this means it came from God.

Some people run from church to church looking for the church in which they feel right. This is wrong. We are called to make the church in which we feel uncomfortable right. The oyster makes a pearl only when a grain of sand makes it uncomfortable. We are pearls of great price.

This is why Jesus calls divorce a sin. It is and a grave one. Nonetheless, if you have been divorced the fault is not yours.

Kurt Vonnegut was an atheist. He spoke often of the twelve words of Jesus which are the antidote (and the only antidote) to the poison of The Hammurabi Code and Leviticus. Those twelve words are, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

When in Toronto come by. Pick up a couple of beers from THE BEER STORE across the street or bring a bottle of wine. Jesus was not called a friend of academics, priests and scholars. He was called a friend of drinkers and sinners. He changed not wine into water but water into wine. Have a beer with Jesus. Drink a glass of wine as you contemplate the mystery of  The Man on The Turin Shroud.

Doing that remember that that wine is the blood of Jesus.

Where two or more are gathered in his name he is.

He is here.

He is where you are.

We do not have to search for him.

I am eager to meet you.

 

–Reg Hartt

“Reg Hartt teaches like Neal Cassady drove a bus.”—Joe Fiorito, THE TORONTO STAR.

Equipment: The Cineforum/The Public Enemy has been described by Brit painter Peter More as “the most perfect place on earth in which to see a movie.” Perfection comes only from God. A writer in The University of Toronto’s VARSITY newspaper said, “I have seldom felt a film’s greatness in film class. I often feel it at Reg Hartt’s Cineforum.” For those who would like to see THE FABRIC OF TIME in 3-D The Cineforum has the best set up for viewing 3-D motion pictures in the world.

Fees: Admission to The Cineforum is by donation. Suggest $20. $10 under 24. The meaning of the widow’s mite (the coins reputedly found on the eyes of the man on the Shroud—how apt) is that the widow gave her all in the knowledge her all was not enough. No one who gives merely what duty demands can ever know that. 10% is nothing. We are called to give our all in the knowledge our all is not enough.

Note: I decided in 1970 to trust God for my living. I considered the grass of the fields and the birds of the air. “His philosophy as a teacher…? ‘My programs are designed for people without money.’ Yeah, but how does he earn enough to pay the rent? ‘The Lord said, ‘I will take care of you.’ The I Ching says the same thing.” A long time since I met anyone who throws those bones.”—Joe Fiorito, TORONTO STAR https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2010/09/15/fiorito_we_gotta_have_hartt.html

 

Travel: At the moment I am not travelling.

Library: Books, DVDS, Blu-rays and videos may be read/viewed on the premises. This is not a lending library.

Contact: Reg Hartt, The Cineforum/The Public Enemy, 463 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 2S9.

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https://www.lonelyplanet.com/canada/toronto/images/cineforum-19624-67

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-alternative-theatre-founder-stands-up-to-bullying-threats/article549053/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg_Hartt  http://reghartt.ca/cineforum/      reghartt@gmail.com

 

 

 

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