The Priesthood

The Priesthood

 

The video (The Priesthood) was created by one of Catholic Trailers followers and submitted to me! I really like this video the music is inspiring and the pictures of the priesthood are moving. The only thing I myself would change and do differently would be to animate the pictures instead of just fading them in and out. I think that by animating the pictures it draws more attention and will hold the viewers interest longer. Comment on what you think of The Priesthood!

Vatican’s Greatest Films #10: Francesco

The film Francesco is an Italian film production which portrays the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Film director Liliana Cavani  depicts St. Francis as a spiritual agitator challenging the accepted values of his 13th-century contemporaries by embracing a life of utter poverty and simplicity.

Francesco


Francesco
 was released in 1989 it is a sort of docu-drama which depicts the life of St. Francis of Assisi transformation from a rich man’s son to a poor humble religious servant for God. In the video clip above we see when St.Francis receives the stigmata, the wounds that Christ suffered at the crucifixion. This is a powerful scene and shows the true love Saint Francis of Assisi had for God. Francesco  won three awards and was nominated for a fourth. Danilo Donati won the 1989 David di Donatello Award for Best Production Design, and the 1989 Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon also for Best Production Design. Fabio Bussotti won the Syndicate’s Best Supporting Actor Award. Director Liliana Cavani was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

More “Francesco” Resources

USCCB & MPAA Ratings

  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
    • A-III:     Adults
  • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
    • PG-13:  Parents are strongly cautioned that some material may be inappropriate for
      children under 13

What Do You Think?
-Have you seen this film?
-Did this film help you better understand who St.Francis was?
-Should the director have cut out the brief nudity in order for a wider audience to watch (children)?

Did You Know? St. Joan of Arc (Feast Day: May 30)

Did You Know? St.Joan of Arc (Feast Day:may 30)

 

St. Joan of Arc’s feast day was Monday May 30. Joan recieved visions from St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret in which she was instructed to recover France from English domination. Joan did just that she was sent on a relief mission to the Siege of Orléans. Ignoring the dismissive attitude of the officers there, Joan led a campaign that lifted the months-long siege in just nine days, she then went on to win many more victories over England.  Joan was soon captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English, who were in alliance together. After an unfair trial on May 30, 1431, in front of a crucifix, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake for heresy. After her death, the English burned her twice more and threw her ashes in the Seine river. Just twenty-five years later, in 1456, Pope Callixtus III re-opened an investigation into Joan’s case that concluded she was innocent and a martyr. She was beatified in 1909 and canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920.

For the books shown in the video above, please visit:  https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/page/shop:flypage/product_id/77

My next Did You Know release will be on June 13 the feast of St.Anthony of Padua!

- St. Anthony of Padua (June 13)

If you have a suggestion for the next Did You Know video, leave a comment or send me an email! And as always, if you know someone who would be interested in Catholic Trailers please send them a link to my blog Catholic Trailers!

Did You Know? Fatima (Feast Day: May 13)

Did You Know? Fatima

Kevin Knight with NewAdvent.org was kind enough to once again post my Did You Know video on his site! If you don’t know his site, get out from under your rock, it is a fantastic resource for us Catholics and pretty much everything you can find in the Did You Know videos can also be found on his site.

The feast day of the first appartion at Fatima is this Friday May 13th. In 1917 three children were tending sheep near their home village of Fátima, Portugal. There, the children saw a beautiful woman
they described her as “brighter than the sun” and when they asked her name, she called herself “Our Lady of the Rosary”.

For the books shown in the video above, please visit: https://www.TANBooks.com/Fatima

I’m really enjoying these Did You Know? videos! Mark you calendars because I have some more videos rolling out!

- St. Joan of Arc (May 30)
- St. Anthony of Padua (June 13)

These upcoming videos will join St. Catherine of Siena, St. Joseph, and St. Bernadette Soubirous as the first 6 Did You Know videos. I hope that I will be able to continue with even more videos, but we are doing alot of exciting new things at work and DYK may be put on hold after these first six videos. Unless you all let us know how much you like them by commenting below, sharing with your friends and your family!

If you have a suggestion for the next Did You Know video, leave a comment or send me an email! And as always, if you know someone who would be interested in Catholic Trailers please send them a link to my blog Catholic Trailers!

Vatican’s Greatest Films #09:Offret Sacrificatio (The Sacrifice)

The film Offret Sacrificatio or The Sacrifice was  made in Sweden in 1986. This Swedish production was directed by a Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky who died shortly after completing the film.  Alexander is an aging atheist he and his wife have a teenage daughter, and a young son who they call “Little Man”. On the night of Alexander’s birthday, a nuclear third world war occurs.  Alexander is troubled by his extraordinary dreams he begins to have he is informed by the postman that he (Alexander) has the power to redeem the world. In Alexanders despair he turns to prayer offering to God everything he possess his family, his home, and all that he loves in order for the war not happen at all.

Offret Sacrificatio (The Sacrifice)

Offret Sacrificatio takes place mostly inside and around a house. This house was specially built for the film, at the end of Offret there is a climactic scene (above) which is a long continuous shot that last for many minutes.  Alexander has decided to burn his house and his possessions down to the ground. This specific shot was very difficult to achieve as you can imagine when burning down a house you only get one shot! Unfortunately while the house was on fire there was a camera malfunction and the film became jammed inside causing it to be ruined. At this point all of the shots had been filmed with only one camera but after this very expensive house was burned to the ground and not captured on film the crew used two cameras for the next take. It took two weeks to rebuild that exact house a very costly mistake. This time for the second take two cameras were set up on tracks that ran parallel with each other. The footage in the final version of the film which can be seen above is the second take. It’s said that the cast and crew broke down in tears after the second take was completed!

More “Offret” Resources

USCCB & MPAA Ratings

  • US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
    • A-III: Adults
  • Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
    • PG – Parental Guidance Suggested

What Do You Think?
-Do you like Andrei Tarkovsky’s style of long takes?
-Why do you think the Vatican chose this film to be one of the greatest in cinematography?
-What should all Catholics know before watching this film?

Did You Know? Saint Catherine of Siena (Feast Day: April 29)

Did You Know? Saint Catherine of Siena

I want to say a special thanks to Kevin Knight with NewAdvent.org for being the first to share this video with his readers. If you don’t know his site, get out from under your rock, it is a fantastic resource for us Catholics and pretty much everything you can find in the Did You Know videos can also be found on his site.

Saint Catherine of Siena’s feast day is this Friday April 29th. Saint Catherine is most known for her miraculous visions of Our Lord, Our Lady and several other angels and saints, as well as her stigmata and firm disposition. Saint Catherine was a fantastic writer, and was well known even in her own day for her writing ability (although she dictated most of it, even though she knew how to write).

For the books shown in the video above, please visit: https://www.TANBooks.com/StCatherine

I’m really enjoying these Did You Know? videos and we have already scheduled 3 more:
- Our Lady of Fatima
- St. Joan of Arc
- St. Anthony of Padua

These three videos will join St. Catherine of Siena, St. Joseph and St. Bernadette Soubirous as the first 6 Did You Know videos. I hope that I will be able to continue with even more videos, but we are doing alot of exciting new things at work and DYK may be put on hold after these first six videos. Unless you all let us know how much you like them by commenting below, sharing with your friends and your family!

If you have a suggestion for the next Did You Know video, leave a comment or send me an email! And as always, if you know someone who would be interested in Catholic Trailers please send them a link to my blog Catholic Trailers!

COR AMORIS: Help Build the Poor Clares Monastery

I’m very proud to be making videos for this very special project that TAN Books is undertaking. As the videos will tell you, a small monastery of Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration moved to the Diocese of Charlotte last year and have been living in a temporary home since then. They are in big need of funding for their new monastery, which I have seen the plans for. It will be beautiful and will allow them the silence and solitude they need to fulfill their vocations.

These women pray for all of us everyday, and we should be willing to help them in return. This set of leather books, is high-end and well worth the price considering all of the money will go to Mother Dolores, Sr. Marie Therese, Sr. Mary Immaculata, Sr. Mary Raphael and Sr. Mary Gabriel. Please consider purchasing a set (perhaps for a loved one’s library) to help these holy women in their time of need.

If you have 4 minutes, watch the first video…if you have 7 minutes, watch the second…and if you want the whole story (and want to “meet” these women), the third video tells it all:

4-Minute Version

7-Minute Version

15-Minute Version

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