“FATIMA,” The Movie
When speaking to groups large or small I usually begin with the question, “Is the world in serious trouble today?”
I find it interesting that age plays a significant role in the response and
I attribute this to perspective. Teenagers experience little change during their relatively short lives so their perspective is very different than that of seniors who grew up when the world was much different than it is today. Today people are taught differently in the classroom and about their faith than they were decades ago, with a very large variance between those who were catechized before the mid 60’s and those who were catechized after.
When I was young over 100,000 Sisters taught our young and the pews were full, now there are about 10,000 teaching Sisters. A primary consequence of this is that few Catholics under the age of 60 know or remember anything substantive about Fatima.
If we do not succeed in our mission we may soon be saying that few under the age of 70 know the message from Heaven that will put
us on the path to the Salvation of Souls, World Peace, and a Strong Church.
Pope John Paul II elevated the oldest and largest Fatima Apostolate to the highest status available within the Church not as a reward for all we have done over the past 60 years but as a call to higher responsibility. Knowing how important Our Lady
of Fatima’s message is, he asked us to bring the message to all people of all ages, faiths, and lands.
This poses quite a challenge; our world has changed so much in one lifetime and so has the way people learn and have been taught about their religion. If this were not the case you would find it easy to excite your friends, children and grandchildren about the Message of Fatima. They would be compelled to want to Learn more about it, and then have a burning desire to Live the Message and finally be compelled to Spread the Message. At a minimum you would find it easy to encourage them to say the Rosary daily and attend Mass regularly; unfortunately, today this is the exception except among seniors and perhaps the home schooled. We have found many new teaching tools that bear much fruit among various age groups, but perhaps none more powerful and exciting than the new movie “FATIMA.”
Theology, History and Science
“FATIMA” touches people and changes lives. It is not like any other Fatima movie, it takes a thorough look at Fatima from a theological perspective with the best Fatima experts in the world.
For those who are not familiar with Fatima or whose faith needs a little push it also delves deep into the historical timeline of how and when the secrets and prophecies were fulfilled. This still leaves behind those who know enough about science to say Fatima could not be true because science tells them the sun could not have moved in the sky or they are convinced that prayer and acts of reparation do not work.
“FATIMA” does not leave them behind; it offers the latest scientific and medical research on prayer and presents convincing evidence for those who do not pray. Although quantum physicists do not bring God into their experiments they explain that the miracle of the sun is scientifically possible, with intervention beyond man’s capability. They also scientifically prove that there is much more to our world than we can touch, see or feel. Although his language is different than that of a theologian the quantum physicist in the film speaks to his belief that we will evolve away from our obsession with materialism and fully embrace spirituality.
For some, these concepts have more impact coming from science than theology. When they see the similarities in thinking between the scientists and the theologians their minds begin to open wide and they more fully embrace the message and Catholic theology. It is interesting how the addition of the scientific and historical perspectives help reach so many husbands, children, and grandchildren and also help arm the believer with accurate information that is more convincing to the non-believer.
“FATIMA” has compelling dialog, visuals and music that combine to create a fulfilling sensory learning experience in line with today’s methods of filmmaking and education that holds the attention of a younger and middle-aged audience. It is also closed-captioned for those who have trouble hearing all the dialog and it is subtitled in Spanish and Portuguese.
Explains a Suffering World
Perhaps most important, this is the only Fatima movie that helps people understand the Fatima message in the context of today’s world and explains where the struggles we face today come from, and more importantly how to make things right again.
“FATIMA” is not a complete catechesis on the message for those who are ready for serious study into the depths of the message. We have a 13 part, six and a half hour DVD set for those who are ready, called “Fatima, Hope of the World a Catechesis on Fatima.” We are also holding the “Most Important Fatima Conference of Our Times” in Fatima Portugal, March 23-30, 2011.
“FATIMA” the 75 minute movie will help you learn more and learn how to reach others more effectively. It is also the right gift for the person you love who you just haven’t been able to reach with Our Lady’s message. “FATIMA” the 75 minute movie may be just the right way touch their heart and get them started on a life changing journey, as it has for so many others.