Saturday, 18 November 2017

Jacinta of Fatima and Francisco of Fatima - two Catholic films about two of the Fatima seers

'JACINTA OF FATIMA'
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'FRANCISCO OF FATIMA'
DVDs


“[There] appeared in heaven a woman clothed with the sun”.
So the seer of Patmos tells us in the Book of Revelation (12:1), adding that she was about to give birth to a son. Then, in the Gospel, we hear Jesus say to his disciple,
“Here is your mother” (Jn 19:27).
We have a Mother! “So beautiful a Lady”, as the seers of Fatima said to one another as they returned home on that blessed day of 13 May a hundred years ago. That evening, Jacinta could not restrain herself and told the secret to her mother: “Today I saw Our Lady”. 


 They had seen the Mother of Heaven. Many others sought to share that vision, but… they did not see her. The Virgin Mother did not come here so that we could see her. We will have all eternity for that, provided, of course, that we go to heaven. Our Lady foretold, and warned us about, a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures. 


Such a life – frequently proposed and imposed – risks leading to hell.
Mary came to remind us that God’s light dwells within us and protects us, for, as we heard in the first reading, “the child [of the woman] was snatched away and taken to God” (Rev 12:5).
In Lucia’s account, the three chosen children found themselves surrounded by God’s light as it radiated from Our Lady. She enveloped them in the mantle of Light that God had given her.


According to the belief and experience of many pilgrims, if not of all, Fatima is more than anything this mantle of Light that protects us, here as in almost no other place on earth. We need but take refuge under the protection of the Virgin Mary and to ask her, as the Salve Regina teaches: “show unto us… Jesus”. 
We have a Mother! Clinging to her like children, we live in the hope that rests on Jesus. When Jesus ascended to heaven, he brought to the Heavenly Father our humanity, which he assumed in the womb of the Virgin Mary and will never forsake. Like an anchor, let us fix our hope on that humanity, seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father (cf. Eph 2:6). May this hope guide our lives! It is a hope that sustains us always, to our dying breath.


Confirmed in this hope, we give thanks for the countless graces bestowed over these past hundred years. All of them passed beneath the mantle of light that Our Lady has spread over the four corners of the earth so rich in hope. We can take as our examples Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta, whom the Virgin Mary introduced into the immense ocean of God’s light and taught to adore him. 


 That was the source of their strength in overcoming opposition and suffering.
God’s presence became constant in their lives, as is evident from their insistent prayers for sinners and their desire to remain ever near “the hidden Jesus” in the tabernacle.


 In her Memoirs (III, 6), Sister Lucia quotes Jacinta who had just been granted a vision: “Do you not see all those streets, all those paths and fields full of people crying out for food, yet have nothing to eat? And the Holy Father in a church, praying before the Immaculate Heart of Mary? And all those people praying with him?” 


God created us to be a source of hope for others, a true and attainable hope, in accordance with each person’s state of life. In “asking” and “demanding” of each of us the fulfillment of the duties of our proper state (Letters of Sister Lucia, 28 February 1943), God effects a general mobilization against the indifference that chills the heart and worsens our myopia. 


We do not mount the cross to find Jesus.
Instead it was he who, in his self-abasement, descended even to the cross, in order to find us, to dispel the darkness of evil within us, and to bring us back to the light."


(Words of Pope Francis at the Canonization Mass of Saint Jacinta and Saint Francisco, May 13th 2017 © Libreria Editrice Vaticana) Screenshots © Mary's Dowry Productions from 'Jacinta of Fatima' and 'Francisco of Fatima' DVDs available through Mary's Dowry Productions:


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Friday, 17 November 2017

What was Thomas Cromwell's role in the Protestant Reformation of England? A film for Catholics - Thomas Cromwell: The King's Architect

THOMAS CROMWELL
THE KING'S ARCHITECT
A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE


NEWLY released and available now is our film about Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII's collaborator and architect - A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE.
This film was previously available as The King's Collaborator which also proved very popular with secular viewers, but many secular viewers complained that it was very 'biased towards Catholicism' since it was not the usual production they encountered...
So, new cover, clear content description, same film.

If you have not seen our film production about Thomas Cromwell, which looks at the Protestant Reformation in England, King Henry VIII's break with Rome, the Martyrdoms of St Thomas More and St John Fisher, England's Catholic heritage, history and more, it is available through our online shop here:


We also have a NEW shorter version of the life of Thomas Cromwell under the previous title of The King's Collaborator which is specifically targeted for a more secular audience but with many Catholic Truths and facts in the history of England throughout.

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

One of history's powerful PRAYER WARRIORS - SAINT JOAN OF ARC - A Catholic Presentation

SAINT JOAN OF ARC
PRAYER WARRIOR


“Joan of Arc is like a shooting star across the landscape of French and English history, amid the stories of the Church’s saints and into our consciousness. Women identify with her; men admire her courage. She challenges us in fundamental ways. Despite the fact that more than 500 years have passed since she lived, her issues of mysticism, calling, identity, trust and betrayal, conflict and focus are our issues still.” (Joan of Arc: God’s Warrior, by Barbara Beckwith)


In 2016 Mary's Dowry Productions decided to produce a film about Saint Joan of Arc.
We were not too familiar with the intricate details of her life so set about researching and planning the visuals of her story that we would like to see. This meant that we needed armour and suitable clothing for Saint Joan as a young French woman. The costumes worked out very well, giving us lovely visuals that work perfectly with the narrative of her journey.



Saint Joan of Arc was a power house of prayer. She absolutely adored the Blessed Sacrament and made her soldiers pray before and after their battles. With her beloved sword she drove prostitutes from the camps and refused to tolerate offensive behaviour or language. Most of all she was renowned for her purity, not only purity of body, heart and mind, but purity of intention - her entire focus was upon pleasing God and bringing about the triumph of the French in the war for His Glory and in His Name, that all would come to love Him and remember Him and trust Him.


Making our films about the Saints can sometimes be tricky and we often come up against great obstacles, oftentimes with photographs of Saints we would like to use, such as the photograph of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face dressed as Saint Joan. From the beginning of our apostolate we wanted to recreate imagery of the Saints, particularly where there is literally only one portrait in existence (such as in the case of the English Martyrs). With Saints such as Saint Padre Pio and Saint Therese of Lisieux there are numerous photographs but there are copyrights attached. With Saint Therese the requirement for use by those holding the copyright was 100 Euros per minute per photograph which was a shame because we work on the smallest budget in the history of film-making - but not being able to use it directed us towards recreating our own imagery of Saint Therese dressed as her beloved Patron Saint Joan of Arc, so it worked out well in the end.


We love to share the imagery we recreate of the Saints with people who are equally as enthusiastic about the lives of the Saints and hope that our film about Saint Joan of Arc is able to inspire and touch many, especially by her amazing and heroic story, witness and example.
Our films have been internationally praised for not only presenting facts and biographical information but an authentically Catholic and prayerful film experience.
Our film SAINT JOAN OF ARC is available on DVD and promised exactly that.

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Saint Thomas More - Catholic Film, DVD, Tudor, Mary's Dowry Productions

SAINT THOMAS MORE
CATHOLIC FILM


“I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first.” 
These were among the last words of Saint Thomas More, one of the greatest Statesmen that England has ever seen. He was a Tudor lawyer who thought for a time that he was called to be a Carthusian. Instead, he followed his vocation to the married state where he raised a family in love of God and the Catholic Church. Renowned throughout Christendom for his great mind and deep humility, King Henry VIII appointed him Chancellor of England and hoped Sir Thomas More would support the King’s schism from the Church. When Saint Thomas More refused, the King stripped him of his position and titles and eventually had him incarcerated in the Tower of London. After an unjust trial and to the horror of the country and indeed beyond, Saint Thomas More was beheaded at Tower Hill in 1535. He was canonized a Saint and English Martyr. Saint Thomas More has left the Catholic Church not only a brave witness to the Faith but several notable works and prayers. 

 Mary’s Dowry Productions’ unique film style has been internationally praised for not only presenting facts and biographical information but a prayerful, spiritual film experience.

Length and Format: The film runs for 66 minutes and is available on Region Free DVD worldwide from:


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Friday, 3 November 2017

SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE - Martyr of Charity, founder of the Militia of the Immaculata - FILM, DVD

SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
A FILM BY MARY'S DOWRY PRODUCTIONS AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ON
DVD


It has been two years now since we filmed for three DVDs on the lives of three Catholic Martyrs during World War II; Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Edith Stein and Blessed Titus Brandsma.


Our film about Saint Maximilian Kolbe presents his life with facts and biographical information as well as an authentically Catholic and prayerful film experience. Saint Maximilian Kolbe was baptized Raymond at the Parish Church. Already proficient in virtue with a devotion to Our Lady, the Mother of God appeared to him in 1906 near the time of his first holy Communion. Our Lady offered Saint Maximilian two crowns representing the graces of virginity and martyrdom and asked  which he desired. Saint Maximilian asked for both, and was filled thereafter with the most ardent desire to love and serve this Immaculate Queen.


Saint Maximilian Kolbe joined the Order of Friars Minor Conventual at Lvov in Austrian occupied Poland, where he took the name Maximilian. After finishing his preliminary studies he was sent to the International Seraphic College in Rome to pursue doctorates in philosophy and theology. It was while in Rome that Saint Maximilian Kolbe encounter Freemason among the people, including protests against the Pope led by the Freemasons. Horrified by this Society and yearning for the salvation of souls, on the 200th anniversary of the founding of Freemasonry, 1917,  St. Maximilian was moved by divine grace to found a pious association of the faithful known as the Militia of the Immaculate. This beautiful association would include the conversion of Freemasons among their daily prayer intentions. Members consecrated themselves daily to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Maximilian made it his life mission to encourage devotion to Our Lady among the people.


Ordained to the priesthood in 1918, St. Maximilian returned to Poland to teach Church History in Cracow, where he organised the first group of the Militia outside of Italy. Because of ill health he was freed to devote his time exclusively to the promotion of the Militia, whereupon he founded the "Knight of the Immaculate," a monthly Roman Catholic Magazine promoting the knowledge, love and service of the Immaculate Virgin, in the conversion of all souls to Christ Our Lord.

St. Maximilian, heeding the call of the Holy Father to all religious, to come to the aid of the missionary efforts of the universal Church, volunteered to go to the Orient to found another city of the Immaculate, Mugenzai No Sono. He chose to build the city on a particularly difficult part of a mountain, despite advice to the contrary. When the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, the City of Mary was spared destruction due to its location.


St. Maximilian returned to Niepokalanow, as it spiritual father, in 1936. The number of the friars there grew above 900 in the months preceding World War II. His publishing apostolate was producing 1,000,000 magazines monthly as well all 125,000 copies of a daily paper for the 1,000,000 members of the Militia worldwide. Saint Maximilian Kolbe is invoked by those working in the Catholic media due to his own zeal and use of media to spread the Truths of the Catholic Faith and love of Our Lord and Our Lady.


After the invasion of Poland by the German Wermacht in September of 1939, the friars dispersed and Niepokalanow was ransacked. St. Maximilian and about 40 others were taken to holding camps, first in Germany, and later in Poland. By the mercy of the Immaculate they were released and allow to return home on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the same year. However, to incriminate St. Maximilian, the Gestapo permitted one final printing of the "Knight of the Immaculte" in December of 1940. In February of 1941, they came to Niepokalanow and arrested St. Maximlian. He was taken to Pawiak Prision in German Occupied Warsaw, Poland, and later was transferred to Auschwitz.




In the concentration camp, Saint Maximilian Kolbe gave counsel to all his fellow prisoners telling them,"Trust in the Immaculate!" "Forgive!" "Love your enemies and pray for your persecutors!" 


He was noted for his generosity in surrendering his food despite the ravages of starvation that he suffered and for always going to the end of the line of the infirmary, despite the acute tuberculosis afflicting him.


In the end, by the maternal mediation of the Virgin Mary, he received the grace to be intimately conformed to Christ in death. For on the night of August 3, 1941 a prisoner successfully escaped from the same section of the came in which St. Maximilian was detained. In reprisal, the commandant ordered death by starvation for 10 men chosen at random from the same section.
One of the condemned, Seargent Franciszek Gajowniczek, shouted out, lamenting that he would never see his wife and children again. In his stead, St. Maximilian Mary, who had remained standing all night long during the selection of the condemned, stepped forward and offered his own life in exchange for this man. 


Ten days later, having led the other 9 in prayers and hymns, St. Maximilian was given a lethal injection of carbolic acid, and passed into eternal glory.





Pope Paul VI beatified St. Maximilian in 1973 and Pope John Paul II canonised him in 1982 as a martyr of charity.

Our film about Saint Maximilian Kolbe not only presents facts and information but has been praised for its authentically Catholic and prayerful film experience.

SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
by Mary's Dowry Productions
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Images used in this post are from our film © 2015 Mary's Dowry Productions
Some text used in this post is from part of the Home Page of St. Francis of Assisi maintained by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.


MARY'S DOWRY PRESENTS - As seen on EWTN - The Martyrs collection, volume one - 6 Catholic films

MARY'S DOWRY PRESENTS
THE MARTYRS COLLECTION - VOLUME ONE


Visit our online shop for a selection of authentically Catholic film biographies on the lives of the English Martyrs, as broadcast on EWTN, now available in sets.
Volume One of the Martyrs collection is compiled of a set of 6 DVD on the lives of:

Saint Edmund Campion: God's Champion
Saint Anne Line: The Safe House Keeper
 Saint Polydore Plasden - Defender of the Eucharist
 Saint Edmund Gennings: The Hunted Priest
Saint Swithun Wells: The Secret Mass Room
and Saint Margaret Ward

An informative, detailed and factual account of these Martyrs of England in an authentically Catholic and prayerful film experience - set in the Elizabethan Era.

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Individual DVDs on the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs are also available.

Filming for Saint Padre Pio - New film from Mary's Dowry Productions PART TWO, DVD, Catholic films

FILMING FOR SAINT PADRE PIO
PART TWO - FILMING DAY ONE


Our first filming day for our new film about Saint Padre Pio took place on October 4th, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. We recreated some selected imagery from the later years of Saint Padre Pio's life with the help of our 'Young Saint Padre Pio' actor's father (see previous post), who is also a relative of ours and who has portrayed various Saints and historical figures for Mary's Dowry Productions since 2008, including Saint Thomas More.


We were on location locally again in a former Catholic Church now used by the Anglican Church. It still has many beautiful features including a rood, altar rails, solid wood pews and a high altar as well as many Catholic features remaining unused such as an area to the right of the former High Altar where water used in the purification of the Sacred Vessels at Mass was disposed of through the wall to the earth. We have used this church with permission for several of our films.


As well as showing Saint Padre Pio in prayer, particularly praying the Rosary, we showed him seated in the choir loft, reading, continuing his spiritual correspondence and in one moment we showed him with a rose which he took out of a bunch of roses given to him and asked for it to be sent to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii.




These images will feature towards the latter half of our film about Saint Padre Pio which we will have available on DVD through our online shops.


Filming for these scenes took about an hour and a half and our actor captured the humility and peace of Saint Padre Pio in his later life as well as his continued suffering, profound prayer and mystical life. We hope to have our film completed by the end of the year (2017) or early 2018.

'SAINT PADRE PIO: PRAY HOPE AND DON'T WORRY'
by Mary's Dowry Productions
will be available through our online shop:

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Filming for Saint Padre Pio - new film from Mary's Dowry Productions - PART ONE of two filming days, DVD coming soon

FILMING FOR SAINT PADRE PIO (part one)
NEW FILM COMING SOON 
FROM MARY'S DOWRY PRODUCTIONS


Over the past several weeks we have been working on a new film from Mary's Dowry Productions about Saint Padre Pio. We love to recreate photographs or paintings of Saints and Martyrs for our films and have been pleased with our two specific filming days out on location for our own film about Saint Padre Pio. Our unique style is specifically intent upon capturing both the spiritual atmosphere and impression of a Saint and, where possible, physical similarities. For Saint Padre Pio, we wanted to have imagery of his early life as well as his later life.


The most famous and recognisable images of Saint Padre Pio are mainly from his later life. We recreated specific images and important/inspiring moments from Saint Padre Pio's latter life first, but for the purpose of this post we will share images from our second filming day, which focused upon Saint Padre Pio's early life, and in our following post we will share images and information about our first filming day, which focuses upon Saint Padre Pio's later life.


Our actor for 'Young Saint Padre Pio' is a member of our family and has portrayed many Saints for us over the past ten years, including Saint Nicholas Owen: The Priest Hole Maker, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Benedict of Nursia, Saint Simon Stock, Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne and Saint David of Wales. Now in his mid twenties he looks similar to Saint Padre Pio in early photographs.


We spent a good solid hour on location inside a local church capturing specific moments from Saint Padre Pio's life as best we could. There was a beautiful atmosphere of peace which made the whole filming excursion very prayerful.

To begin with, we filmed our young Saint Padre Pio in prayer, preaching, hearing confessions, praying the rosary, writing his spiritual correspondence, absorbed in celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, eating his sparse meals. We used various areas of the interior of the church as locations fitting for each of these. The church is an Anglican church, Catholic before the Protestant Reformation, so it was good to be working on such fundamentally Catholic Truths and spirituality in this beautiful building which is now used for worship in the Church of England.







Our emphasis was on the rosary throughout. In the narration, which is told in Saint Padre Pio's own words, we encounter much of Saint Padre Pio's thought and his mystical encounters with Our Lord. It was good to be able to linger upon Saint Padre Pio's spirituality, advice and the Sacraments.


Following an hour spent in the church, which was thankfully warm due to the unusual sunny day for November 1st, we gathered our props and costumes, cameras and tripods and set up a base in the church porch. We then spent half an hour in the church grounds, recreating several photographs of Saint Padre Pio as well as imagery for our narration.






  


After a costume change, we set about focusing upon military imagery. There is a photograph of Saint Padre Pio in the Italian Army where he suffered because of the swearing and blaspheming among the soldiers as well as his supernatural illnesses. We wanted to recreate this too for a small segment in our film.



 We also had our actor pray the rosary which we thought would be an effective element to see in this part of Saint Padre Pio's life.


Finally, another costume change, into some civilian clothing, to capture moments from the beginning of Saint Padre Pio's life. As a young man, Saint Padre Pio used to go away from the crowd, preferring to spend his time alone in prayer. Even as a boy he began to practice penance and acts of mortification, choosing to use a stone as his pillow. He also had conversations with Our Lord, Our Lady and his guardian angel. This was truly lovely to recreate with such an atmosphere of peace and prayer. It was a good conclusion to the afternoon filming.






The filming captured on this day will make up part of the first half or more of our film about Saint Padre Pio.
For the second half of our film, or latter part, we had filmed on 4th October, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, scenes and images of an older Saint Padre Pio. We were pleased that the filming days were arranged, by 'chance' for these specific Feast Days - the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Feast of All Saints - we like to ask for the assistance of the Saints during our film production work so these days were significant. 
We are also blessed to have a 1st Class relic of Saint Francis of Assisi, given to our Apostolate by the Poor Clares in Arundel several years ago, so this came with us on both filming days!
Read about our first filming day for Saint Padre Pio in our next post.

Our film
'SAINT PADRE PIO - PRAY, HOPE AND DON'T WORRY'
will be available on DVD from

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