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Eucharist: A Journey of Transformation, Healing, and Discipleship

Eucharist A Journey of Transformation, Healing, and DiscipleshipShortly before the holidays, we were contacted by Dr. Mary Amore from Mayslake Ministries. She had a DVD she thought we might like to review. Upon finding out the DVD was on the Eucharist, I jumped at the chance to review it. Before I knew it, the video arrived at my house. Eager to view it, I set it on my dresser so that I could watch it later that day. But, as many days go, time got away from me, motherhood called, and I wasn’t able to watch the video. With the holidays closing in on me, I put the video aside for a time when I could devote my full attention to its contents. I’m so glad I did!

Eucharist: A Journey of Transformation, Healing, and Discipleship claims to “forever change your experience of the Eucharist”. I dare say they are right! With beautiful imagery, intimate conversation, and history lessons that are easy to understand, Dr. Amore brings the importance and beauty of the Eucharist to the forefront and she challenges us to allow the Eucharist to forever change not only our lives, but also the very essence of who we are.

Divided up into three 20 minute segments, the videos are the perfect length for those of us who are so busy that we struggle to set aside extra time and yet we wish to continue learning about our faith. Because the videos are only 20 minutes in length, you can watch and re-watch to absorb all the details Dr. Amore presents. Using the questions presented for each of the segments, journaling is sure to enhance the spiritual gains you will receive by watching the videos. Of course, this is not a necessity, simply an added benefit. If you are using the videos within a group setting, the short length provides ample time for discussion afterward.

The DVD includes thought provoking questions for each segment of the video. Additionally, there is a printable user guide that encourages and helps small group leaders facilitate discussions and lead guided mediations and prayer rituals. I found this to be a tremendous asset as I contemplate forming a small group to view the videos, discuss our thoughts, and watch our lives be transformed by the power of the Holy Eucharist.

As we approach Lent we often look for ways to transform our lives. Many of us take this time to sacrifice, to contemplate, and to dive deeper into our prayer lives. If you are looking for a way to understand Christ’s gift of the Eucharist, instituted at the Last Supper, I highly recommend this video. It is the perfect way to come to understand how the Eucharist is the source and summit of our beautiful Catholic faith.

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The Revolution of John XXIII: The Second Vatican Council (Review)

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Second Vatican Council but didn’t feel you had the time to read up on all the documents?

Have you ever wondered why the Church held the Second Vatican Council?

Are you interested in learning more about one of our most recent canonized saints?

DVD John XXIII and IIVCIf you answered yes to any of the above, then I have the documentary for you! At just under an hour long, The Revolution of Pope John XXIII: The Second Vatican Council is a great overview of both the Council and Pope St. John XXIII.

This film consists of original footage interspersed with interviews with several cardinals, a journalist, and a historian. I especially loved hearing the first hand accounts from some of those interviewed who witnessed the Council themselves. This documentary had an overall positive outlook on the Second Vatican Council but did not overlook the challenges of implementing the new norms and some of the failures that resulted.

There is a lot of information packed into this 55 minute film and I learned a lot while watching it. I had no idea how long it took just to prepare for the start of the Council (3 years!), how many people attended (roughly 4,000),and the number of topics originally slated to be discussed was also overwhelming (70 to be exact) with no clear theme or connection between many of the topics. And this librarian’s heart was warmed at seeing the walls of card catalogs and rows of book stacks where the more than 2800 topic proposals were organized and analyzed (it took two years just to do that!).

I enjoy learning about history and this film appealed to my interest in viewing historical events in the context of larger world events. I was pleased that this documentary did just that addressing the influence of World War II, the increasing secularization of the world at the time, the growth of Communism and rejection of religion, and then looking at how the world changed following the Council and how the Church has been equipped to deal with the ever growing secular world.

I really liked the positive vibe I got from this documentary. It did address the problems and challenges, but the overall tone was optimistic and this made for an excellent account of the Council and it’s influence on the modern Church. As a lay person, and one who grew up knowing only the Novus Ordo Mass, it became even more clear to me just how important the lay person is to the Church, all a result of the Second Vatican Council. That was my biggest takeaway from this documentary.

I definitely learned a lot, more than I expected actually. The film met my expectations and actually exceeded them in many ways. I feel like I have a clearer picture of the man that Pope John XXIII was (the second time I watched the film, I started thinking of him as a lovable grandfather) and a good overall understanding of the Second Vatican Council. This film would make a great intro to the Council for any group study on the Second Vatican Council documents or an academic class on the Council and its documents. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning more, especially if you enjoy history.

The film can be purchased through Ignatius Press.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this DVD from Ignatius Press in exchange for an honest review. I received no compensation for this review.