St. Anthony Communications has released its first 35-minute documentary in a four-part series covering “Special Divine Action.”
The documentary, titled “Miracles,” attempts to answer several questions believers and non-believers alike have been asking for centuries.
“What are miracles? Are miracles possible and, if so, how do we know? Do miracles happen and, if so, what is their purpose?”
According to the St. Anthony Communications website, other questions addressed in the documentary include: “What attitudes should we take towards reports of miracles? How might miracles impact on our prospects for future happiness? What are the perspectives of science, and philosophy on miracles today?”
According to CNA, Christian Holden, the managing director of St. Anthony Communications, explained, “Miracles are central to the Christian faith.”
Referring to Christ’s resurrection, Holden stated: “Without that miracle of miracles, Christianity ceases to [exist] as a religion.”
“Miracles” provides evidence of supernatural phenomenon dating from ancient to contemporary times. Holden described the range of “ancient and contemporary” miracles include the ones outlined in the Old Testament, the life of Christ and the lives of saints.
Some of the more modern examples include Marian apparitions, Eucharist miracles and others that remain under Vatican investigation.
What makes “Miracles” stand out among thousands of other films is its Catholic perspective while maintaining an openness to what science, theology and philosophy have to say.
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By taking each of these perspectives into account, the viewer gets a more immersive experience and relevant questions arise.
“The film begins by defining what a miracle is, then moves on to objections that people might have,” Holden explained.
By taking this route, Holden said people will understand they should be more cautious with claims of miracles. It will help them remember miracles are more than entertainment.
“They have an end purpose of leading us toward our salvation, leading us closer to God,” Holden clarified. He added the documentary is “suitable for a wide ranging audience” and suggested churches use it for catechesis and evangelization.
Perhaps if someone who has left the Church or who is not a believer, the documentary “may be a spark to reignite their faith.”
St. Anthony Communications struggled to find appropriate high-definition imagery and other resources but Holden shared the complete project will, hopefully, “give people a taste of the events that miracles are real. They do and have happened.”