The Narrow Path

 

Jesus calls us to renew our lives in the purifying fire of the Gospel. This Sunday, we hear Jesus say: “I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing!”

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Jesus calls us to renew our lives in the purifying fire of the Gospel. This Sunday, we hear Jesus say: “I have come to set the earth on fire and how I wish it were already blazing!” Benedictine Abbot Jerome Kodell teaches that the Gospel will always run counter to human culture until we live in the reign of God. The Gospel indicts our 21st century American cultural values with the same gravity as 1st century Palestine. This challenge comprises the thesis of “The Narrow Path.” Featuring Jesuit Father John Dear, this DVD examines our cultural acquiescence to violence in light of Gospel peace. Fr. Dear’s vocation began with his initial encounter with the Beatitude: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9).” Sharing his understanding of Jesus as the incarnation of peace, the cost of Fr. Dear’s discipleship has been incarceration and dismissal as a pastor. With 25 brief segments, this 108 minute DVD offers rich content for formation groups of older adolescents and adults. Fr. Dear locates nonviolence at the common core of the great religious traditions. The word, Islam, means peace. He similarly invokes the call to peace as foundational for Christianity. Upon Jesus’ arrest, Peter draws his sword and violently strikes the high priest’s slave. Fr. Dear hears Jesus’ words to Peter: “Put your sword into its scabbard” as an admonition to the universal Church. Jesus calls us to live in the beatitude of nonviolence. This film is one of a series from the San Damiano Foundation (http://www.sandamianofoundation.org). This foundation distributes the documentary films of Gerry Straub. Mr. Straub abandoned a Hollywood career in order to share the stories of Catholic Social Teaching. Order “The Narrow Path” @ click here. Please call Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895) for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups. (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Resource Center.)