Adult faith needs nurturing too! As we remember the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorists attacks next week, we realize that many Catholic adults continue to harbor hard feelings and suspicion of anyone who professes Islam.
To support you in your efforts to broaden the minds and soften the hearts of your parishioners, we have a new video product
In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking that examines contemporary issues of interreligious understanding grounded in the Franciscan tradition of tolerance, peacemaking, and social justice.
This two-part film follows St. Francis of Assisi as he crosses the battle lines of the Crusades to meet Sultan Malek al-Kamil, the leader of the Muslim forces of the Levant, in 1219. These two men are an example of working to achieve understanding among peoples of different backgrounds, faith traditions, cultures, and ethnicities.
A perfect resource for use in group study in church settings, classrooms, interreligious communities, and social-action networks, this DVD could be used in connection to the feast day of St. Francis on October 4. View a sample clip here.
Along similar lines, Jesuit Father Ken Overberg, in the Catholic Update “The Healing Work of Vatican II,” writes about a “remarkable change” in the Church’s position on non-Christian religions: “The positive contributions and qualities of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and Judaism are highlighted. . . . The Council declares that the Church rejects nothing that’s true and holy in any of these religions.”
As we continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vatican II, use this Catholic Update to challenge and inform your adult parishioners as they try to reconcile their very human feelings with the call of Christ to “love your enemies” and the call of the Church to recognize what’s “true and holy” in the religions of non-Christians.