- Posted by Benedikt Michal
- On 27. Februar 2017
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Everyone familiar with my courses, lectures, books, and blog posts knows that I’m a movie enthusiast. Next to music, they’re my favorite art form. There is just no more powerful way to tell a story, it seems to me, than through the visual medium of a well-crafted, artfully produced film.
We are wired for stories. We need them, in fact, to understand who we are, where we come from, and where we’re headed. And this is why even secular movies can become the occasion of a sacred experience. As Saint John Paul II wrote, “Even beyond its typically religious expressions, true art has a close affinity with the world of faith, so that, even in situations where culture and the Church are far apart, art remains a kind of bridge to religious experience.”
Over the years I’ve written a great deal about how certain movies create this bridge. Now, for the first time, and in response to numerous requests, I’ve collected those writings in one place: my new eBook Theology of the Body at the Movies.
Here is a sampling of the movies I write about:
The Truman Show
Children of Men
Spider-Man 2 & 3
The Shawshank Redemption
Toy Story 3
I Am Legend
Into the Woods
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
La La Land
Pope Benedict XVI maintained that each one of us should take the time “to follow with our minds and our hearts a tale, a story in which to immerse ourselves, in a certain sense ‘to lose ourselves’ to find ourselves subsequently enriched.” I pray that this little collection of writings on movies helps you enter into that enrichment.
Click here to download your free copy of Theology of the Body at the Movies!
Question: Where have you found the sacred in a secular movie? Please share on Facebook and Twitter.
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