Thursday, October 04, 2007

Vocations Vid

from Roman Catholic Vocations

5 comments:

WhiteStoneNameSeeker said...

Stunning!
We have 'Fishers of Men'

Benfan said...

Is this about Catholic vocations? I know it's quite hip but I think it could just as easily been labeled humanist vocations (apart for the Corpus Christi procession). Maybe they did not mean vocations to the priesthood or religious life or any other catholic vocations??? Am I being too critical? I can't see how you can talk or present a piece on Catholic vocations without mentioning Jesus Christ. Is this the natural trap you fall into when "we are the body of Christ" loses it's meaning and lapses into worldliness?

Anonymous said...

What point were they trying to make? A bit too clever for me.

Brad Watkins said...

No it's not a vocations video. Not in the sense that it's directly related to priestly or relgious vocations, but the film is about the dignity of the human person, and of course the fact that every person has a vocation.

I suspect this got posted as a "vocations vid" in part because it was on my site "romancatholicvocations".

But I would say from what I've seen in the trailers that this is, at it's core, a pro-life film. Nuanced, but absolutely pro-life. It seems to be very much based in the writings of Pope John Paul II, and his work on the human person - particularly in our current culture of death. I actually think this film has the potential to be a brilliant effort towards reminding people of the dignity and potential of every human life. In my own pro-life efforts, especially in working with teens who consider them selves "pro-choice" (pro-abortion), those efforts have been overwhelmingly successful when I come at the discussion from the point of getting them to look at the wonder of their own lives. Asking them to think about all of their friends and family members, the memories they have with them (good and bad), and then ask them "at what point after conception, would it have been ok to terminate your best friend's life? At what point would it have been ok for your mom to terminate your brother or sister's life? How about if they had denied you all the incredible experiences of your own life? With kids who have been well formed by secular culture and the main stream media, this approach works, as opposed to telling them it's "wrong" because...

The folks at Grassroots films (who brought us the "Fishers of Men" video), and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal whom they work with closely, have a very keen sense of the culture of death. In my opinion this film will potentially affect the way many people view the state of humanity - and might, just might, inspire some people to consider whether they might be called to something bigger than themselves - a call to the priesthood or religious life. If so, this in fact has the potential to be a "vocations vid".

Fr Ray Blake said...

I think it is a vocations video, for me it sums up that amid all the sin, violence and pain of the world Christ alone, made present through the priest (and therefore the Church) is of relevance.