Media Center Pick of the Week: Who Cares About the Saints?

During a recent Adult Faith Formation session at St. Maximilian Kolbe, second graders paraded through the room wearing costumes of their favorite saints. There were quite a few portraying Teresa of Liseux and Francis of Assisi. What marvelous companions we have among the saints – the canonized ones as well as those Christian witnesses in our families and circles of friends! In honor of our celebration of the Communion of Saints on November 1st, we feature: “Who Cares about the Saints?”
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During a recent Adult Faith Formation session at St. Maximilian Kolbe, second graders paraded through the room wearing costumes of their favorite saints. There were quite a few portraying Teresa of Liseux and Francis of Assisi. What marvelous companions we have among the saints – the canonized ones as well as those Christian witnesses in our families and circles of friends! In honor of our celebration of the Communion of Saints on November 1st, we feature: “Who Cares about the Saints?” Admirers of Jesuit Father James Martin’s bestselling book, My Life with the Saints, will enjoy this DVD. But you don’t have to be familiar with the book to appreciate this 2009 documentary from Loyola Productions. Presented in English with Spanish subtitles and running 2 hours and 19 minutes, this DVD lends itself to a variety of uses. In the introduction, Fr. Martin speaks about the role of saints in Catholic Christian spirituality. Ten minute segments feature such canonized saints as Joan of Arc, Francis of Assisi, and Ignatius Loyola, in addition to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Father Thomas Merton and the American laywoman, Dorothy Day. In the Merton segment, Fr. Martin shares the role of this American monk in his own priestly vocation. “Merton shows us that we can be flawed but still be holy.” In his concluding remarks about St. Therese of Liseux, he pinpoints the Little Flower’s enduring appeal. “She shows us that one of the most difficult things to do – loving – loving our neighbors – loving our families – sometimes is heroic.” The “Insights” category contains a number of 1 to 3 minute shorts. The process of canonization is highlighted in “Becoming a Saint.” “Constant Conversion” points to the simplicity at the heart of holiness – an awareness of our need to continually turn toward God. Order this DVD during your visit to the Media Resource Center @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897). Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.