If you ask me to explain the Catholic faith, it’s hard to boil it down to one, two or thirty points.
At the heart of it is certainly the Kerygma. The Kerygma is the central proclamation that Jesus came and died to save us from our sins. But to express the fullness of the faith, I think it’s fair to say we need music, storytelling and art. The Bible, for example, doesn’t have only one genre. It is a library of books containing poetry, morality tales, proverbs, letters, and history.
In our day and age, though, nothing pulls together so many varied artistic forms as the movie. The pickings are slim, but in the enormous batch of horror, comedy, adventure, and all sorts of other kinds of films are a few Catholic movies that truly shine and can even encourage Catholics in their faith.
A Few Good Catholic Movies
Below is a YouTube video I saw recently showing some great Catholic movies that are cinematic masterpieces. More films could be added to the list, but if you want to talk about expressing the faith in creative ways, a few of these do it in spades. How many of them have you seen?
My favorite from his list is “Calvary.” I always love films and books about good priests.
Two others I would throw in there:
- Silence – not because it is necessarily uplifting, but for the emotional honesty it gives to the situation going on at the time in Japan.
- A Man for All Seasons – a classic.
What are your favorite Catholic movies? Do you think he missed a couple good ones he should have included? Leave a comment below.
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