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Film of the Month - June

 

 

Films are an important feature of popular culture but can they also be a vehicle for theological enquiry? Veritas thinks they can! Every month during the Year of Faith, we offer a Film of the Month, which we invite you to watch, reflect on and discuss. As an initiative for the Year of Faith, you might like to start a Year of Faith Film Club in your work, school or parish community, where these films can be discussed and shared. Film reviews are kindly provided by Fr John-Paul Sheridan PhD.

 

Film of the Month for May: No Greater Love

 

‘At the still point of the turning world … there the dance is’

– T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

 

Introduction

 

It took ten years of correspondence for the documentary director Michael Whyte to gain permission to film this portrait of the Carmelite Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity in Notting Hill, London. It is unlike any of the other films that have been featured in this series, but no less powerful. Similar in many respects to Into Great Silence – the 2005 film by Philip Gröning which portrayed Le Grande Chartreuse, the head monastery of the reclusive Carthusian Order in France – this film is a little more accessible and considerably shorter. Philip French, film critic for the Observer said in his review, ‘Often humorous, extremely moving in their devotion to their saviour and to mankind. I felt rather attracted to the idea of joining a monastery.’ The film magazine Empire said of the film, ‘The Sisters’ insights into a life of seclusion, contemplation and intercession are courageous and compelling, while the revelations about self-discovery, doubt and divine consolation are laudably frank and deeply moving.’ It was selected for a number of film festivals.
 

The film includes the following extras:

 - Introduction by Fr Anthony Doe
 - Interview with Sr Susan Marie
 - The Stations of the Cross
 - Sister Luke’s party piece for the celebration of St George’s Day
 - Film Trailer

 

 

 

For a film synopsis and questions for reflection, please click here.

 

Other Points and Further Reading

The Carmelite Rule of St Albert of Jerusalem is based on the Rule of St Augustine and might be summarised as follows:


Develop the contemplative dimension of their life, in an open dialogue with God

Live as brothers, full of charity

Meditate day and night on the Word of the Lord

Pray together or alone several times a day

Celebrate the Eucharist every day

Do manual work, as Paul the Apostle did

Purify themselves of every trace of evil

Live in poverty, placing in common what little they may have

Love the Church and all people

Conform their will to that of God, seeking the will of God in faith, in dialogue and through discernment.

 

Websites:


 - The Monastery Website – www.carmelitesnottinghill.org.uk
 - The Website for the Carmelite Friars in Ireland and Scotland – www.ocd.ie

 

You might like to find out about some famous Carmelites and some of their writings:


 - St John of the Cross – ‘The Spiritual Canticle’ / ‘The Dark Night of the Soul’
 - St Theresa of Avila – The Way of Perfection / The Interior Castle
 - St Thérèse of Lisieux – The Story of a Soul
 - Edith Stein or St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

 

Previous Films of the Month:

 

May 2013: The Way


April 2013: Freedom Writers

March 2013: Of Gods and Men

February 2013: Song of Bernadette

January 2013: Brother Sun, Sister Moon

December 2012: It’s a Wonderful Life!

November 2012: Shadowlands

October 2012: The Mission

 


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