Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team and state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant shuts down and hundreds of families leave their town, John questions how he and his family will face an uncertain future. After reluctantly agreeing to coach cross-country, John and his wife, Amy, meet an aspiring athlete who’s pushing her limits on a journey toward discovery. Inspired by the words and prayers of a new-found friend, John becomes the least likely coach helping the least likely runner attempt the impossible in the biggest race of the year.
Joan Carroll Cruz The bodies of saints that did not undergo decomposition after death are described as “incorrupt”. After discussing both natural and artificial mummification, the author shows that the state of the saints’ bodies fits neither category but rather constitutes a much greater, supernatural phenomenon.
AUTHOR: Joan Carroll Cruz
DETAILS: 298 pages, paperback
Death, Judgement, Hell and Heaven
Death, Judgement, Heaven, Hell This film presents the reality of death and what will follow for every person: first the particular Judgement before God, then Heaven or Hell as our destination for all eternity. The Catholic teaching on Purgatory is also explained with examples from Scripture and philosophy.
DETAILS: (1 DVD – 32 minutes)
The story of the conflict between slave-traders and Jesuits during the colonisation of South America by Spain and Portugal. In 1750 Jesuit priest Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) arrives in the Amazon to build a mission for the Guarani Indians. He comes into conflict with slave trader Mendoza (Robert De Niro), who kills or captures many of the tribe but escapes punishment due to the fact that he is an aristocrat. However, it transpires that even Mendoza has a conscience when he comes to Gabriel asking for penance. A visually stunning epic, The Mission recounts the true story of two men – a man of the sword (Robert De Niro) and a man of the cloth (Jeremy Irons) – both Jesuit missionaries who defied the colonial forces of mighty Spain and Portugal to save an Indian tribe from slavery in mid-18th-Century South America.
AUTHOR: Starring Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons
DETAILS: (1 DVD – 120 minutes)
The True Story of St Augustine
Unsure of their reception, Augustine bravely asked the local King, Ethelbert, for permission to preach to his people. The missionaries were invited by the King to Canterbury and gradually, through their holy lives and their preaching, the king and the people were converted to Christianity. From Canterbury the Christian faith spread rapidly and with the help later from Irish missionaries in the north, England became a Christian country. Not only did Augustine’s mission bring Christianity, it also opened people’s minds to art, music and literature and gave rise to great architecture.
DETAILS: (1 DVD – 12 minutes)
Against the Dictatorship of Noise
Robert Cardinal Sarah In a time when technology penetrates our lives in so many ways and materialism exerts such a powerful influence over us, it can be difficult to escape the ‘dictatorship of noise’. In this bold book, Cardinal Robert Sarah seeks to restore silence to its place of honour and importance.
AUTHOR: Robert Cardinal Sarah
DETAILS: 248 pages, paperback