Have you ever had a movie night at your parish and wish that you could get more out of it than just the entertainment and social event value? The resource for this week is a way to pray with the movies, and not just "religious themes movies" but regular, popular movies.
A wonderful resource to use are the movie guides from the Daughters of St. Paul which can be found at their media literacy site: http://media.pauline.org/guides These guides can be used to facilitate a reflection on the movies in a faith sharing atmosphere.
Each guide contains two ways of reflecting on or praying with the film in question: either Meeting Jesus at the Movies: a groups conversation and sharing about the themes in the movie and how they relate to a scripture passage on a similar theme or a Cinema Divina, which like Lectio Divina, is a prayerful experience using the movie, paired with the related scripture passage as source material for examining a theme God is inviting the viewer to explore. In addition, for some of the movies that are kid-friendly, there is a kids version called Kids Meeting Jesus at the Movies.
Each movie guide cost $2.99 for the downloadable pdf file (available for 7 days) that you can use with parish groups, class or even just with your family. You can make copies for your group with some basic restrictions such as you cannot charge for the copies, or use them commercially and you have to copy them completely, including the copyright notice.If you would like to see what is included, there is a sample guide for the 2017 movie "Wonder"
Currently, the Pauline Center for Media Studies has guides available for just over 40 movies, and I am sure more will be added. Also check out the rest of the rest of the website: It has detailed film reviews, has details about workshops and available speakers on the topics of media literacy in our communications culture, and provide other resources for prayer, online courses and articles on the topics of media literacy and mindfulness.