The Reluctant Saint

The Reluctant Saint

Born like our King and Savior Jesus Christ in a stable, Joseph of Cupertino (1603 – 1663) is one of the most famous Catholic saints ever known. The supernatural gifts that God has endowed him with are the clear fulfillment and proof of one of the most paradoxical sayings of the Gospel:

But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.1 Corinthians 1, 27,
Although he learned the “sacra doctrina”, theology, with great difficulty despite his saintly zeal, Joseph acquired an extraordinary understanding of both earthly and heavenly things through God’s direct intervention.

The film depicts with a good dose of humor the life of this saint for whom levitation – and other mystical gifts – was as common as breathing.


  • Original title: The Reluctant Saint
  • Authors of the script: John Fante and Joseph Petracca
  • Original language: English
  • Starring: Maximilian Schell (Saint Joseph of Cupertino)
  • Genre: Historical movie
  • Release date: 1962
  • Public: Adults, teenagers, children
The Reluctant Saint


Robert Kmita Lazu (Ph.D., Philosophy) is a writer and philosopher. In the last twenty years he published many philosophical and theological books and hundreds of essays and studies. As a father of seven, he developed a special interest in cultivating the virtue of "eutrapelia". Consequently, he wrote many reviews and essays about fiction books, movies, cartoons and computer games.

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