2-Disc DVD set (120 min total)
Leader Guide (includes facilitator's how-to guide, the complete Study Guide, and the suggested responses to questions)
40 prayer cards
Recommended for study programs of 4 or 5 sessions.
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part series that illuminates a small group of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but also changed the course of western civilization. This brief study focuses on two incredible fourth and fifth century saints: St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Benedict of Nursia.
Perhaps the premier example of how faith in Christ changed a person is the fourth century bishop, Saint Augustine. Augustine’s narrative of personal transformation provides a template for life in Christ that still captivates today. In an age when people insist upon sharp demarcations between spirituality and religion, or between Christ and the Church, St. Augustine provides a unifying way forward. We do not have to choose one or the other, but are chosen by Christ for his Church.
In a world darkened by the fading light of classical culture, St. Benedict cast a greater light—Jesus Christ. His insistence that the Gospel should be embodied in communities of friendship and peace, guided by the sacrifices of poverty, chastity, and obedience, became a new cultural matrix and unleashed a vigorous spiritual dynamism from which a new civilization would emerge.
Join Bishop Barron as he traces the lives and contributions of these two pivotal saints.
Disc Run Times (DVD)
- St. Augustine - 59 min
- St. Benedict - 61 min
40 prayer cards (20 of each Pivotal Player)
Each card contains the same prayer written especially for this program, plus an original watercolor portrait of one of the Pivotal Players painted by artist Jonathan Sundy. These prayers foster growth in the virtues expressed by each of these champions of the faith. These are perfect for use in study sessions, family prayer, or to carry for personal prayer to foster growth.
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