Monday, March 12, 2012

Spiritual Viewing for Lent

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I came across mention of "Into the Desert: Lent and Film" at Decent Films Blog from Laurie at Catholic Baby Steps.  Curious as to what films were listed as "good viewing material for Lent," I decided to check it out.  The blog writer is Steven D. Greydanus who blogs for Decent Films: Film Appreciation and Criticism informed by Christian Faith.  Mr. Greydanus compiled a list of "spiritual viewing for Lent." You can find it HERE.  I went to my local library website and happily found the 6 movies he recommends and put holds on all of them. Some of them I noted, were created in a different language and would have English subtitles.  I'll have to see if that takes away from my overall experience of viewing them.

I also found on his site a link to the Vatican Film List which is an old list from 1995 that was comprised by the Vatican for the 100th anniversary of cinema.  It included  a top ten list of movies for religion, value and art.  I perused through that list too and was familiar with a few.

I would imagine the movie The Way starring Martin Sheen and written, directed and starring Emilio Estevez, would be added to Mr. Graydanus's recommendations for Lent and Films.  This movie came out on DVD last month to my delight!  I have bought it, viewed it and have passed it around to friends from my church.  If you haven't seen it yet, please do!  It should be in the local libraries by now if you don't want to purchase your own copy.

Lenten Blessings,


  1. Thanks, Noreen, for the call out. Lent and movie watching don't often get mentioned together. From the list of 6 movies, I have seen the silent Joan of Arc one. My daughter and I had a wonderful time watching it years ago (during Lent!). She was the only one who wanted to watch it with me and it was quite an experience. From his other mentions- we love "The Song of Bernadette" and "A Man for All Seasons". I am looking forward to squeezing the rest of the recommendations in during this final stretch of Lent.

    I was wondering about "The Way". We will certainly purchase it to share as well.

  2. Thanks for this list, Noreen! I will have to check out those links. You're right, The Way was really good. My husband especially like it. It was surprisingly light on the religion side, but a very good message. I think anything too heavy and it wouldn't have such widespread appeal.

  3. Hi Noreen!

    The hubs and I just watched The Way last week. He liked it, I LOVED it. There was something about it that I just cannot put my finger on...but it grabbed me, too :)

  4. Laurie~ I have watched "The Song of Bernadette" myself and really liked it. Some of the others sound familiar but I'm not sure if I've seen them or not. Either way, I put a hold on all of them and should get them in soon from my library. Definitely watch "The Way". It's a bit choppy wand like Sarah mentioned, a bit light on the religion side but I think it is too draw in other Christians and non-Christians.

    Sarah~ I agree completely. I enjoyed the scenery too as they walked The Way of St. James.

    Patty~ I really loved it too! I'm not sure if my husband would like it? I went with a friend to a pre-screening of the movie and then watched it at home. He was interested in neither.

  5. Thank you for sharing these links with us Noreen.

  6. Thanks, Noreen! We recently purchased The Way and my husband and 18yo son loved it! I have yet to watch but look forward to it:) Glad to hear they have many of these movies at the library! My husband and I enjoyed "There Be Dragons" as well. I really want to see "Of Gods and Men", next!

  7. DG~ thanks for coming to visit me!

    Tiffany~ you'll have to tell me how you like it when you watch it. It's a bit choppy but I so liked it! Thanks for the movie tips. I just put a hold on both of the ones you mentioned. Of Gods and Men is a French movie, right? With English subtitles?