Media Center Pick of the Week: Xavier

In our 21st century world, we know the Gospel transcends culture. We know Christianity can be expressed in any language and lived by women and men in all cultures.

Xavier

 

In our 21st century world, we know the Gospel transcends culture. We know Christianity can be expressed in any language and lived by women and men in all cultures. But this understanding had an historical beginning. We trace this realization, about the authenticity of Christianity beyond European culture, to St. Francis Xavier. Before his enculturation of Christianity in 16th century Japan, the Church assumed that in order to be Christian, a person must first adopt a European cultural worldview. To celebrate the December 3rd feast day of St. Francis Xavier and his evangelical epiphany, we feature “Xavier: Missionary & Saint.” This documentary immerses us in the Age of Exploration when Japan and China were mere rumors in Western societies. The heroic figure of Xavier stands as an enduring inspiration to transcend our comfort zones and live the Gospel in its fullest expression. After viewing this highly entertaining DVD – produced, written, directed, filmed and financed by Jesuits – I wondered aloud if the narrator, Liam Neeson, had become a Jesuit. No doubt, Francis Xavier’s brothers imparted some measure of Ignatian spirituality to the Irish actor. This 2006 documentary runs 1 hour and the DVD includes 10 minutes of bonus material featuring separate interviews with the director, screenwriter and Cardinal Avery Dulles. Request this DVD with the on-line Order Form and search related titles with the key words: ignatius or jesuit @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).