This documentary features two programs. First, St. Clare of Assisi reveals the extraordinary life of St. Clare, a woman who reached the highest summits of Christian mysticism, who knew how to defend her decisions alone and who built a social reality that still challenges the centuries. The second program, included as a bonus, is Poor Clares: A Hidden Presence. More than twenty thousand women today follow the example of Clare of Assisi in monasteries scattered throughout the world - the cloistered convent, a city in prayer and a hidden presence with a love with reserve for all of humanity.
Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages—an Abbess and woman of God, a visionary, naturalist, playwright, political moralist, and composer. Born in 1098, she was beset by the most extraordinary religious visions from the age of eight-visions which she wrote down, painted, dramatized, and set to music. This substantial legacy of her visionary writings and songs are unique for their mystic power and beauty. They serve as some of the most radiant and illuminating accounts of religious experience ever.
John Wesley set 18th-century Britain on fire with his open-air preaching. Join Mark Topping as John Wesley in this action-packed docudrama as we follow Wesley around the English countryside, meeting the people and preaching the Gospel. Filmed on location at the New Room, Bristol, the oldest Methodist chapel in the world and at Charles Wesley’s House, also in Bristol.
This four-part documentary explores the history of The Salvation Army. Host John Cleary traces the path of this powerful movement from its origins to the present day.
How did Martin Luther, who sought only the quiet of monastery, become a pivotal figure in Western history? Why did he object so strongly to indulgences? How did Gutenberg's new printing press spread his influence? Who did Luther marry? How did he respond when his young daughter died in his arms? These and many other topics are addressed in this captivating on location documentary with the late Dr. Roland Bainton, Dean of Luther scholars, longtime professor at Yale University, master storyteller, and author of the award winning Luther biography "Here I Stand".
Steve Saint leads a group out of their comfort zone and into the jungles of the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. The group includes many who are related to one of the most famous missionary stories of our time—the five men who were killed in Ecuador in 1956 by the tribe then known as the Aucas.
An historical documentary on one of the most fascinating episodes in American religious history. In the fall of 1844, hundreds of thousands of Americans were inspired by the teachings and predictions of Baptist preacher William Miller and feared that the world would be destroyed by fire as he predicted at the second coming of Christ on October 22, 1844.
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story shows how she served New York's poor and became a voice for the voiceless. The film shows Dorothy’s struggle as she establishes the Catholic Worker movement and commits herself to a lifetime of peacemaking, battling for justice, and hands-on service to the poor.
Evangelist Billy Graham is known around the globe. He has preached in remote African villages and in the heart of New York City, and those to whom he has ministered have ranged from heads of state to the bushmen of Australia. Millions have responded to Billy Graham's message to follow Jesus Christ. Whether old or young, rich or poor, celebrated or obscure, from around the world they find themselves spiritually on Common Ground.
Filmed on location in Assisi and other places where St. Francis lived and died, this feature film vividly tells the story of this greatly beloved saint from childhood through his death. Beautifully filmed with outstanding cinematography and fine acting talent, it stars Italian actor Raoul Bova as Francis and is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michele Soavi.
In a lavish period production, comparable to Merchant Ivory's "A Room with a View," Therese tells the true story of Thérèse of Lisieux, the most popular saint of modern times. It's a story of struggle and tragedy, and the greatest of all romances -The story of an ordinary girl with an extraordinary soul.
Unbroken is the inspiring and true story of American World War II hero Louis Zamperini. This powerful film was produced and directed by Angelina Jolie. It’s the story of stamina and courage in the face of unbelievable human cruelty. Louis Zamperini: who survives in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in World War II, and was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.
Opening the Door To Luther -- Public television travel host Rick Steves takes us to areas of Germany known as Lutherlands, from Eisleben, where Luther was born, to Wittenberg where he taught and preached, and to several other areas, we learn about the tumultuous events of the Reformation and the monk at the center of it all. Morning Star of Wittenberg: Life of Katie Luther -- This documentary provides an intimate look at Katharina von Bora, former nun, 16th Century entrepreneur and wife of Martin Luther, father of the Protestant Reformation.
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This outstanding movie is unique among films on St. Francis because of the historical accuracy of the story and its authentic spirit of joy and piety Francis was known for, as well as the major role played by Clare who is given equal stature with Francis.
Two DVDs on the life of George Frideric Handel.
One of the most popular saints of all time, St. Philip Neri was known for his great charity, deep prayer life, and tremendous humor. Philip was guided by Providence to seek out the poor and abandoned youth of Rome to catechize them in faith and help them find a better life.
This powerful new feature film is a modern look at the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called ‘The Saint of Second Chances.’ As a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain in the 1500’s, the young Ignatius went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church.
430 A.D. The Roman Empire is beginning to crumble. The Vandals and other marauding tribes spill through the gaps in Roman defenses. And one of the greatest saints of the Christian church stands between his flock and the barbarian invaders. As he attempts to negotiate between the proud Roman authorities and the implacable Vandal king, Bishop Augustine recalls his own life before Christianity...