Wednesday 2 December 2015

Father of the Poor, Saint John Fisher, English Martyr, Bishop and Cardinal, Tudor

Saint John Fisher attempts to go out, despite his own ill health
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint John Fisher' DVD
To poor sick persons John Fisher was a physician, to the lame he was a staff, to poor widows an advocate, to orphans a tutor and to poor travellers a host. Wheresoever he lay, either at Rochester or elsewhere, his order was to inquire where any poor sick folks lay near him, which after he once knew, he would diligently visit them. And when he saw any of them likely to die, he would preach to them, teaching them the way to die, with such godly persuasions that for the most part he never departed till the sick persons were well satisfied and contented with death.
Saint John Fisher - Father of the poor
© 2012 Mary's Dowry Productions
Screenshot from 'Saint John Fisher' DVD
Many times it was his chance to come to such poor houses as, for want of chimneys, were unbearable for the smoke, yet himself would there sit three or four hours together when none of his servants were able to abide in the house. And in some other poor houses where stairs were wanting, he would never disdain to climb a ladder for such a good purpose. And when he had given them such religious comfort as he thought expedient for their souls, he would at his departure, leave behind him his charitable alms, giving charge to his steward daily to prepare meat for them if they were poor.
"Because I had delivered the poor man that cried out and the fatherless that had no helper, the blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me, and I comforted the heart of the widow." - Job 29, 12.
Saint John Fisher:
Almost everyone has seen "A Man For All Seasons" which focuses upon St. Thomas More, but the only other leading figure in Catholic Tudor England who placed God before the king was St. John Fisher, the Bishop of Rochester who was made Cardinal of England in the Tower of London.  Beginning with his early life as a young boy, we follow St. John Fisher through the Tudor Courts, his assassination attempts on his life and his writings and holy family life.

In 2007 Mary’s Dowry productions created a new form of film media to present the lives of the saints. Mary’s Dowry Productions recreates stunning silent visuals, informative, devotional narration, and original contemplative music that touches your spirit to draw you into a spiritual encounter with the saint. Watch with your spiritual eye, listen with your spiritual ear. Our films seek to offer a window into the lives of our saints. Using your spiritual senses we invite you to shut out the world, sit prayerfully and peacefully and go on a journey of faith, history and prayer with Saint John Fisher.
Length and Format:
The film runs for one hour and is available on Region Free DVD worldwide.

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