Aspiring musician Evie Lee thought it would be a quick trip home: a funeral, a few well wishers, hang around for a couple days to help her grandfather and younger brother, then head back to Los Angeles. What she didn’t expect to find in tiny Balsam Falls, TN was an impending estate tax jeopardizing her childhood home and a large Christmas tree conglomerate with their sights on the family farm. Now, Evie must chose between two very different paths – go back to her “Hollywood” life and once again leave those who truly care about her or stay in Tennessee, face her fears, and rediscover her musical roots. With a hilarious cast of characters in tow, each day brings new adventures as she reconnects to country life and tries to make sense of a world that has been turned upside down.
The film traces Monsignor Sheridan’s childhood in Ireland, his youthful brush with death and decision to accept God’s call to ordination, his days as a young parish priest in Los Angeles, and his work as a writer and distinguished service as Director of the Catholic Information Center in downtown L.A.
His forty-five years of service as a parish priest and Pastor at Our Lady of Malibu are highlighted, where he embodied loving attention to others, humor and humility, and where he prayed daily the Psalmist “Quid retribuam? What can I give?”
Like a contemporary St. John Vianney – the only diocesan priest yet to be canonized, and patron of parish priests – Monsignor Sheridan touched the lives of countless people.
Through video, photographs, selected writings, and narration by his dear friend Martin Sheen, Radical Kindness asks and strives to answer the question: What does the life of John Sheridan teach us in our own calling to holiness, our calling to be fully human?
In 1224, a frail and nearly blind friar embarks on an arduous journey to his home in Assisi from the mountain town of La Verna, where he’s just received the mysterious stigmata. Along the way, he shares profound messages about love, war, and divine inheritance with his young guide, Masseo. As their path divides, Masseo realizes that ‘God’s hardest gift is choice’; he must choose between forging his own way forward or following in the footsteps of the man soon to become Saint Francis of Assisi.