Media Center Pick of the Week: Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi is one of the great saints of Catholic Christianity. Think Paul, Augustine, Benedict, Dominic, Aquinas and Saints Ignatius (Antioch and Loyola). Francis stands brightly in their company! Particularly in this time of disconnection between the human and natural worlds, we do well to revisit his charism of gospel poverty.

 

Francis of Assisi is one of the great saints of Catholic Christianity. Think Paul, Augustine, Benedict, Dominic, Aquinas and Saints Ignatius (Antioch and Loyola). Francis stands brightly in their company! Particularly in this time of disconnection between the human and natural worlds, we do well to revisit his charism of gospel poverty. Francis calls us into the vibrancy of sacramental living. We are thankful, dear Lord, for your sustenance in Sister Water and Mother Earth! There are quite a few selections about St. Francis in our collection but, I guess, that’s no surprise when you let a secular Franciscan manage the inventory! In honor of his October 4th feast day, we feature the 1972 Franco Zeffirelli biopic, “Brother Sun, Sister Moon.” Beginning with Francis’ return from his foray into knighthood and subsequent disillusion, Zeffirelli sets the story of Francis’ conversion within the romantic overtones of the Italian countryside, muted dialogue and medieval styled ballads. Brilliantly photographed and costumed throughout the two-hour running time, Zeffirelli’s concluding set design and staging of Francis’ encounter with Pope Innocent III is a tour-de-force! Sir Alec Guinness’ performance as the Pontiff lifts the film above its romantic beauty and allows us to really see Francis, who, in the words of Pope Pius XI: “appeared like Christ reborn to his contemporaries.” This DVD also features a French language track. Use the on-line Order Form and request this classic or search with the key word: Francis @ https://www.orlandodiocese.org/media_center/media_center.php . Select related titles as diverse as Roberto Rossellini’s 1950 “The Flowers of St. Francis,” the 30 minute animated “Francis, Knight of Assisi” or the 2008 documentary “Assisi Pilgrimage.” For assistance, or a conversation about St. Francis, call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).