My sister is my son’s godmother. Although he is only four years old she tries to find little ways to encourage him in his Catholic faith. Sometimes she sends him cards on his birthday or the feast day of his patron Saint. She’ll include a message to him about God’s love for him and how much she loves him and is praying for him. Other times she gives a faith-related gift. As a mother it is wonderful and refreshing to see how much her gifts inspire my son and his siblings in their faith. Last Christmas she gave him four of the Brother Francis DVDs from Ignatius Press.
I think it’s difficult to find quality Catholic children’s films. ’Quality’ can have so many meanings when it comes to media for children, but for me it means beautiful animation, engaging music, and rock solid Catholic content. It’s hard to find all three of those qualities in one film.
As we traveled home from celebrating Christmas, we popped in Forgiven. Why not pass the time with some entertainment and see if the movies are any good?
We were not disappointed. Within the first several minutes my husband and I both looked at each other and raised our eyebrows. I verbalized what we were thinking, “Wow! These have some amazing content! I can’t believe how much Catholic teaching they are fitting into one film. It’s really engaging . . . and the music is good too!”
Since then my children have watched all four movies; Let’s Pray!, The Rosary, Forgiven, and The Bread of Life. There is a fifth movie, Born Into The Kingdom, that looks good as well. They sing the songs and tell me all about what they learned from Brother Francis. Sometimes during the day one of my boys, ages 4 and 6, will offer that what we are talking about relates to something he saw on a Brother Francis movie. I especially like The Bread of Life film. It has a soothing feel to it and does an amazing job of explaining the Church’s beautiful teaching on the Eucharist.
Overall, these are great movies for entertainment purposes, as well as wonderful catechesis for younger children (and adults listening in!) They would make a good gift for a special occasion or feast day for a godchild or family. No matter the occasion, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you purchase one or all of these films.
Sarah is happily married and the mother of four. She writes at The Happy, Resourceful Home.