This film is really not a film. It is more like a retreat, a retreat into the mystical heart of St. Francis of Assisi. Each of the two DVD’s are divided into chapters - 65 in all. While each DVD can be viewed in one sitting, the film is best consumed in smaller bites, perhaps not more than two or three chapters at a time...and then taking a little time to ponder the meaning of St. Francis’ spirituality for you own life. The “film” is a visual tool for transformation. It needs to be absorbed not merely watched. You need to allow the spirituality of the saint to enter into your inner being. Watch the four-hour fill in the lectio divina tradition: watch, pause, reflect, pray...and repeat. This film takes the viewer on a pilgrimage to Rome, to Assisi, and to all the places in Umbria and Tuscany which played a vital role in the life and spirituality of St. Francis. In each of the locations the film visits, we learn about the history and spiritual significance of the stories, reflections, and the art that graces the walls of the churches in Italy, the film gently traces the long, bumpy road of conversion that Francis traveled. The story of St. Francis of Assisi is an authentically human drama with universal appeal, a story of an ordinary man who accomplished extraordinary things while transcending his time and place on his way to becoming a true saint of incarnation. His life was a visible manifestation of the conversion process that was going on inside of him. His life was his sermon. His sermon still has something to say to us today. Gerald Straub provides a visual meditation on the invisible Spiritual world of the saint and how his sacred discoveries can help us as we move toward God in our own way, in our own day. Part One: 130 minutes. Part Two: 107 minutes.
Media ID: 62265
Length: 237
Publisher: PAX ET BONUM
Level: A

Grade Levels: EC=Early Childhood; P=Primary; I=Intermediate; JH=Junior High; SH=Senior High; A=Adult