Movies with a Message
In our series Movies with a Message, we feature movies that convey a meaningful spiritual or ethical theme. Following the movie, participants have the opportunity to enter into discussion and reflect upon the meanings and implications of the movie.
Movies with a message begin at 6:15pm and are viewed in the Dominican Sisters of Peace Great Bend Motherhouse Auditorium.
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Winter – Spring 2018 Movies with a Message
The Case for Christ – Friday March 23
An investigative journalist and self-proclaimed atheist sets out to disprove the existence of God after his wife becomes a Christian.
The Jewish Cardinal – Tuesday April 10
The Jewish Cardinal tells the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II – and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies from both groups. When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities – and may be forced at last to choose his side.
Edith Stein: The Seventh Chamber – Tuesday May 8
This is a moving, artistic portrayal of the life of Jewish philosopher, Catholic convert and Carmelite martyr, Edith Stein, capturing the interior struggles of this extraordinary woman, as well as the great conflicts from her decision to convert to Catholicism. Deeply influenced by the writings of St. Teresa of Avila, she joined the Carmelites and took the name of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, and was put to death in Auschwitz in 1942, and canonized by John Paul II in 1998. This film shows how two worlds were united within her, the Jew and the Christian, in absolute coherence in her search for truth. She has become one of the most beautiful symbols in a horrifying period of history who sought to transform her sufferings under the Nazis into a journey through the “interior castle” as the way to mystical union with God. One phrase, “Love Conquers Fear” embodies her philosophy of life. Shot in a kind of a rich expressionist realism, it’s backed by poignant chant music that makes every frame haunting and alive.