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Francis of Assisi is one of the most revered and influential men in history. There have been several movies about him, many revere him throughout the world and, of course, there have been many Franciscan monks, not to mention other committed Christians, who have become third order Franciscans and who are not Roman Catholic.
The Hallmark Channel’s Faith and Values Media television documentary on St. Francis of Assisi is the most beautifully produced, comprehensive and succinct media treatment of this great man. It starts out with his wild “playboy” youth in Assisi and shows his dramatic change when he goes off to war and is captured and spends a year on the verge of death, suffering from Malaria in a miserable prison.
When he emerges, he is not the same Francis. He wanders into an old, broken down chapel and is called by God to rebuild God’s church. When his father questions him, he goes to the bishop, strips naked and gives up all his worldly possessions.
But, this is only the beginning of the story. The church challenges his call to preach. Francis has to make his case before Pope Innocent III. Later, he loses his own “Franciscan” order to a rival faction who are not as opposed to owning worldly wealth.
Eventually, he goes up to the top of a mountain for forty days of fasting and receives the signs of the stigmata, the first person recorded in history to be so graced. He dies with only three friends at his side.
Not only does the Faith and Values Media production offer keen insights into the character of St. Francis, it does so by using wonderful, dramatic recreations. These are not small movies, but narrated insights and portrayals of what actually happened.
For all its faithfulness, it’s interesting that the scholars don’t have a clear understanding of the miracles of the stigmata, or some of the other miracles in Francis’ life. The scholars seem to try to explain them away. The truth of his life comes through anyway. God’s call to Francis to rebuild his church becomes a call to all of us through this documentary.
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SUMMARY: RELUCTANT SAINT, the Faith and Values Media television documentary on St. Francis of Assisi, is the most beautifully produced, comprehensive and succinct media treatment of this great man. God’s call to Francis to rebuild his church becomes a call to all of us through this documentary.