Saint Thomas More – Catholic Film, DVD, Mary’s Dowry Productions

“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 canonised 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.

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

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Saint Jacinta Marto – a film by Mary’s Dowry Productions, Fatima100, Fatima, a film of her life

NEW for 2017 from Mary’s Dowry Productions is a film about Saint Jacinta Marto. In 2010 we produced a film specifically about Saint Francisco Marto and intended to make a DVD about his sister Saint Jacinta but it has not been until this year, seven years later, that we have been able to produce and complete this film. Saint Jacinta was one of three children chosen by Our Lord to be visited by Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. The six apparitions have been approved by the Catholic Church and devotion to Our Lady of Fatima has spread throughout the Catholic world. In this film we look specifically at Saint Jacinta, the youngest of the three seers. She was only seven years of age when Our Lady appeared to her, her brother Francisco and her cousin Lucia. Her response to Our Lady’s requests were astonishingly heroic. She was also profoundly affected by the vision of Hell and spent the rest of her short life offering many prayers and sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. She is the youngest non-martyr Saint of the Catholic Church and her life is a form of spiritual strength and devotion.

 

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NEW FILM RELEASE – Blessed BARTOLO LONGO, the former Satanist who became the Apostle of the Rosary, Bartolo Longo

Bartolo Longo was an Italian lawyer who, while studying for his law degree in Naples, Italy, drifted away from his childhood Catholic Faith, was influence by the anti-Catholic thoughts in the university and fell into occult practices. His search for meaning in life drew him towards Spiritualism which was popular among the students in the college. His experiences with the occult, New Age practices and Mediums attracted the demonic. Bartolo eventually decided that he wanted to be the one to communicate with these beings. He joined a Satanic cult, was ordained into the order and received an evil spirit who communicated with him about everything, often giving him contradictory answers and information. Gradually Bartolo was living a life of terror, nightmares and darkness. The prayers of his family assisted his escape from the occult. A Dominican priest gradually led Bartolo back to the Truth through Confession and exorcisms of his mind. On the Feast of the Sacred Heart Bartolo Longo was reconciled to the Catholic Church and longed to give his life totally to God. Our Lady guided him. After much searching, Bartolo was inspired to help catechize the people in Pompeii and build them a church. Over the years, the church became a famous Shrine to Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii and a Basilica where the miraculous painting of

Our Lady of the Rosary in housed. Bartolo wrote many works about the Rosary, the Fifteen Saturdays devotion, and led a long life spreading devotion to Our Lady. Blessed Bartolo Longo’s experience with the occult and demonic activities, influence and deception makes him a powerful teacher against the dangers of the New Age. In this film we cover many aspects of the New Age that have crept into Catholic Churches, parishes, schools and sometimes convents and monasteries. We look at Church documents

and statements that clarify the Church’s teachings against practices such as Reki, Labyrinth, Astrology, Horoscopes, Yoga etc…

Bartolo Longo had a very deep devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus after joining a prayer group dedicated to the Sacred Heart. He had a very special love for Our Lady and advocating the power of the Most Holy Rosary which earned him the title of APOSTLE OF THE ROSARY.
Our film about Blessed Bartolo Longo runs for 50 minutes and is available worldwide from our online shops.
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Our unique film production style has been praised for not only presenting facts and biographical information but a prayerful and spiritual film experience.
AVAILABLE NOW – OCTOBER 2017
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New DVD – Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, Apostle of the English, British Saints

NOW AVAILABLE worldwide on DVD, our new film about Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, the Apostle of the English. Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne is known as the Apostle of the English. This inspiring Irish monk is most famous for his missions to the British from Lindisfarne, also known as Holy Island. His specific approach to evangelization was met with great success due to his own personal witness of faith and piety. In our new film,we look at Saint Aidan’s life and mission as well as Saint Bega of Bees who is linked to Bishop Aidan, Celtic Christianity in the history of the British Isles, the great Precepts of the Church and Lindisfarne today. We have wanted to produce a film about Saint Aidan for years. This film has been in production for two years and we are pleased to finally have it stocked in our online shops and through AMAZON. Not only is this a good way to learn and appreciate Saint Aidan’s life and mission, but it is a devotional resource for one of our great British Saints.  Saint Aidan’s method of evangelization was fruitful due to his simple, clear preaching of the Truths of the Faith and the Catholic Church. We take a look at the Precepts of the Church in a likewise way, a useful tool for people today who are not aware of our obligations as Catholics in the life of Faith. As well as looking at Saint Aidan’s life and walking his missions with him, we explore the facts about Celtic Christianity as well as its myths and legends, leading us to the present day and how Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne remains a shining light of truth and inspiration for the English and the Universal Church.

Our film about Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne is now stocked in our online shops and through AMAZON under our seller profile Mary’s Dowry.

Direct link to our online shop IS HERE: SAINT AIDAN DVD

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A shooting star across France – Saint Joan of Arc – film – now available

SAINT JOAN OF ARC

SOLDIER – VIRGIN – MYSTIC

NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD

We are delighted to have finished our film – ST. JOAN OF ARC – and are now offering this 45 minute presentation on DVD in which to meditate upon and encounter one of our great Catholic Saints. The film is suitable for all ages and draws us into the spirituality and prayerfulness of Saint Joan’s unique mission.

Despite having lived over 500 years ago, this French Catholic girl’s life continually fascinates us. Remembered for her military feats, Saint Joan had a great love for the Sacraments and for purity, a mystical mission, a unique calling and a terrible death, burned at the stake after a politically-motivated trial.

Devotion to Saint Joan of Arc became especially strong and widespread in 19th-century France and later among French soldiers during World War I. Saint Therese of Lisieux wrote a prayer and a play about Saint Joan (which we look at in this film) and portrayed Saint Joan at Carmel. Saint Joan of Arc was canonized in 1920 and continues to be loved and honoured throughout the world today.

Our new film ‘Saint Joan of Arc’ runs for 45 minutes and is available worldwide in all region formats. BUY NOW for Christmas. We are still shipping to the USA.

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“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. 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)

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Saint Robert Southwell, Poet, Elizabethan, Jesuit – an English Missionary with a message of hope

Saint Robert Southwell (c. 1561 – 21 February 1595), also Saint Robert Southwell, was an English Roman Catholic priest of the Jesuit Order. He was also a poet and clandestine missionary in post-Reformation England.

After being arrested and imprisoned in 1592, and intermittently tortured and questioned by Richard Topcliffe, Southwell eventually was tried and convicted of high treason for his links to the Holy See. On 21 February 1595, Father Southwell was hanged at Tyburn. In 1970, he was canonised by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Our film about Saint Robert Southwell has been released for one year now and is a prayerful and informative way to learn about this great English Martyr and British Saint. Order through our UK online shop, we ship worldwide and in all region formats:  SAINT ROBERT SOUTHWELL DVD

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MARY TUDOR, new DVD release, ‘Mary Tudor’ available now worldwide

Mary Tudor, Mary I of England, (known in history as ‘Bloody Mary’ due to the reinstatement of the ancient Heresy Laws of England that saw burning as the punishment for persistent heresy within the realm), tells the fascinating and tragic story of her life in this new film from Mary’s Dowry Productions, available on DVD now.

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Mary Tudor was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Queen Katherine of Aragon. The Princess Mary was well educated, intelligent and bright, groomed from a little girl to be the rightful heir to the throne of England. When her father sought to have his marriage to her mother annulled, Mary suffered greatly as she witnessed the persecution of her mother followed by the destruction and persecution of the faith and heritage of England. Her life was filled with suffering, persecution, loneliness and trauma as she was sent into obscurity and branded illegitimate, yet she found solace in music, reading, prayer and study and remained loyal to the realm and the faith of her ancestors.

After King Henry VIII’s death and the short reign of King Edward and the Regents, Princess Mary rode triumphantly into London with her half sister, Elizabeth, to claim her rightful crown. She spent the following four years working with the British government, Cardinal Reginald Pole and the English people upon matters of commerce, industry, currency reforms, forward thinking, explorations, new forms of taxation, music, art and more as they sought to recover the splendour of England. Since the country was infested with heresy and the elites who had ruled in the name of King Edward were reluctant to relinquish their power, Parliament reinstated the ancient heresy laws which approved of the usual practice of burnings as the form of execution for persistent offenders.

Heretics had been burned as a matter of routine during the reign of King Henry VIII, with extreme Protestants also burned during the reign of King Edward and the Regents, often presided over by leading figures such as Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley. Queen Elizabeth I would burn Anabaptists at the stake during her reign but her preferred method of religious execution was for priests, recusant Catholics and religious to be hanged, drawn and quartered, especially at the triple Tyburn gallows in London. Queen Mary I however approved of the reestablishment of the Heresy Acts and persistent heretics in England during her reign were burned under the law. It would be after her death that protestant figures such as John Fox would use this period in her reign to defame Queen Mary Tudor with the title ‘Bloody Mary’, especially in the protestant rulers desires to regain power over England through religion as well as state.  This much maligned Queen of England is now only remembered for her title ‘Bloody Mary’, yet during her reign she was greatly loved by the English people and helped achieve many material and spiritual advances for the nation of England.

Our NEW DVD ‘Mary Tudor’, looks at the life and reign of Queen Mary I of England, with some new haunting and absorbing imagery of Queen Mary filmed on location at Bedham Missionary Church and Racton ruins in West Sussex, capturing the mood and impression of the ruin and destruction of England which this monarch inherited and sought to salvage.

‘Mary Tudor’ is available on DVD worldwide through our online shops and AMAZON UK in all region formats, worldwide:

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Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, DVD, Catholic Film, Apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes is one of the most popular Saints of the Catholic Church. Our Lady appeared to Saint Bernadette 18 times in Lourdes. In her final apparition she answered Saint Bernadette’s question as to who she was by declaring “I am the Immaculate Conception.” Saint Bernadette was a prayer warrior, especially devoted to the power of praying the Holy Rosary. She kept a rosary in the pocket of her apron and prayed constantly while she looked after sheep or ran errands for her poor family. She prayed the rosary with Our Lady during the apparitions of Lourdes and when she was a nun, Saint Bernadette continuously promoted the praying of this prayer as a means of sanctification. She kept a notebook where she jotted down spiritual gems from books she read as well as her own thoughts, which provide us with simple yet profound insights into her spiritual life, useful for our own journeys in this exile.

Our film about Saint Bernadette of Lourdes looks at the life of Saint Bernadette, the apparitions of Our Lady and the Most Holy Rosary. Each of our films have been internationally praised for not only presenting facts and biographical information but an authentically Catholic and prayerful film experience. Available on DVD in all region formats, our film ‘Saint Bernadette of Lourdes’ can be purchased from our online shops:

 

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Edith Stein, Saint Edith Stein, Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, film

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)Virgin and Martyr Edith Stein, born in 1891 in Breslau, Poland, was the youngest child of a large Jewish family, a German Jewish philosopher who converted to the Roman Catholic Church, arrested by the Nazis on 2 August 1942 and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where she died in the gas chamber on 9 August 1942.

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She is an inspiration to all Christians whose heritage is the Cross, and her life was offered for her own Jewish people in their sufferings and persecutions. In October 2015 Mary’s Dowry Productions filmed specific scenes from the life of Saint Edith Stein for a film of her life and heroic sacrifice.

Born on October 12, 1891, of Jewish parents, Siegried Stein and Auguste Courant, in Breslau, Germany, Edith Stein from her earliest years showed a great aptitude for learning, and by the time of the outbreak of World War I, she had studied philology and philosophy at the universities of Breslau and Goettingen.

After the war, she resumed her higher studies at the University of Freiburg and was awarded her doctorate in philosophy Suma Cum Laude. She later became the assistant and collaborator of Professor Husserl, the famous founder of phenomenology, who greatly appreciated her brilliant mind. In the midst of all her studies, Edith Stein was searching not only for the truth, but for Truth itself and she found both in the Catholic Church, after reading the autobiography of Saint Teresa of Avila. She was baptized on New Year’s Day, 1922.

After her conversion, Edith spent her days teaching, lecturing, writing and translating, and she soon became known as a celebrated philosopher and author, but her own great longing was for the solitude and contemplation of Carmel, in which she could offer herself to God for her people. It was not until the Nazi persecution of the Jews brought her public activities and her influence in the Catholic world to a sudden close that her Benedictine spiritual director gave his approval to her entering the Discalced Carmelie Nuns’ cloistered community at Cologne-Lindenthal on 14 October 1933. The following April, Edith received the Habit of Carmel and the religious name of “Teresia Benedicta ac Cruce,” and on Easter Sunday, 21 April 1935, she made her Profession of Vows.

When the Jewish persecution increased in violence and fanaticism, Sister Teresa Benedicta soon realized the danger that her presence was to the Cologne Carmel, and she asked and received permission to transfer to a foreign monastery. On the night of 31 December 1938, she secretly crossed the border into Holland where she was warmly received in the Carmel of Echt. There she wrote her last work, The Science of the Cross.

Her own Cross was just ahead of her, for the Nazis had invaded neutral Holland, and when the Dutch bishops issued a pastoral letter protesting the deportation of the Jews and the expulsion of Jewish children from the Catholic school system, the Nazis arrested all Catholics of Jewish extraction in Holland. Edith was taken from the Echt Carmel on 2 August 1942, and transported by cattle train to the death camp of Auschwitz, the conditions in the box cars being so inhuman that many died or went insane on the four day trip. She died in the gas chambers at Auschwitz on 9 August 1942.

We no longer seek her on earth, but with God Who accepted her sacrifice and will give its fruit to the people for whom she prayed, suffered, and died. In her own words: “Once can only learn the science of the Cross by feeling the Cross in one’s own person.” We can say that in the fullest sense of the word, Sister Teresa was “Benedicta a Cruce” — blessed by the Cross. Pope John Paul II beatified Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross on 1 May 1987, and canonizes her on 11 October 1998.

“God is there in these moments of rest and can give us in a single instant exactly what we need. Then the rest of the day can take its course, under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace. And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the rasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him — really rest — and start the next day as a new life.” – St. Edith Stein Quote.

“O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You. Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me. I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will prospect will open before me, and I shall meet it with peace.”

“Learn from St. Thérèse to depend on God alone and serve Him with a wholly pure and detached heart. Then, like her, you will be able to say ‘I do not regret that I have given myself up to Love’.”

Our film about Edith Stein covers the main details of her life. We were able to recreate a lot of imagery for this during our filming day. We also filmed some of our parish children as if in the concentration camps or before the Nazis. During her stay in Westerbork, Saint Edith especially took care of the children since their mothers were too traumatized to attend to them.

Images in this post are taken from our film ‘Saint Edith Stein’ © 2015 Mary’s Dowry Productions. Our film is available worldwide on DVD through www.marysdowryproductions.org and www.marysdowryproductions.co.uk

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The Last Conversations of Therese – a film looking at the last months in the life of the Little Flower

During the last months of St. Thérèse’s life, her sisters faithfully sat by her bedside through her long protracted illness and agony, taking notes of her words. Her “last conversations,” therefore, are preserved for posterity.

Although at first this may seem to be a little sad or morbid, the insights that we are given through these last conversations are beautifully inspiring.  In 2011, Mary’s Dowry Productions decided to present a selection of Saint Therese’s last thoughts and words in a prayerful and reflective film. Combining imagery of nature, especially flowers, photographs and specially recreated footage beneath narrative, text and music, we filmed key moments from the final days of the Little Flower. Our DVD on The Last Conversations of Therese is available worldwide, in all region formats, from:

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Saint Therese tells us:

“I have found happiness and joy on earth, but solely in suffering, for I have suffered very much here below; you must make it known to souls.”  “Since my First Communion, since the time I asked Jesus to change all the consolations of this earth into bitterness for me, I had a perpetual desire to suffer.  I wasn’t thinking, however, of making suffering my joy; this is a grace that was given to me later on. Up until then, it was like a spark hidden beneath the ashes, and like blossoms on a tree that must become fruit in time. But seeing my blossoms always falling, that is, allowing myself to fall into tears whenever I suffered, I said to myself with astonishment and sadness: But I will never go beyond the stage of desires!”

Our DVD offers a profoundly spiritual, reflective and prayerful encounter with Saint Therese of Lisieux as she reflects upon moments from her life in her last conversations. Exclusive to this film are the contemplative and atmospheric music tracks from our Holy Spirit of Peace, Calm, Joy and Gentleness CDs, a blend of piano and ambient soundscapes that lift this film into the mystical. Alongside, we pause for reflection on her words and writings amidst flowers and nature that saint Therese loved so much.

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 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 this inspiring Saint.

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The film runs for 30 minutes and is available on Region Free DVD worldwide.

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