I’ve decided to highlight a few Catholic documentaries I’ve seen recently. Some can be watched completely online, and some must be purchased. One that is quite touching is La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison. Here a clip from the beginning of the documentary:
The story is quite amazing. Antonia Brenner (1926-2013) shows such a particular charism–something that this one woman achieved, and that was her unique response to a difficult situation.
Another person with a particular and unique charism is Fr. Greg Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries. If you watch the documentary, expect a bit of strong language here and there. I can’t say I support the incorporation of Yoga and “alternative spiritualities,” but overall, Fr. Greg is a priest that has shown the love of Christ in seemingly impossible situations and transformed many lives for the better. This documentary covers a portion of the history of the organization in 2010 and 2011.
Yet another person who has made a huge difference, yet never really intended to is Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who’s Mary’s Meals literally feeds over a million children. Learn the story, if you never have, by watching the complete documentary online: Child 31.
Each of these gives hope. One person can make a big difference. Cooperating with the will of God is not just transformative for the individual, but it can touch many, many lives.