Resources from USCCB for Engaged and Married Couples
Made for Each Other:
Sexual difference is essential to marriage
"Marriage is about love, but it's about a unique love that only a man and a woman as husband and wife can give to each other."
Study Guide: http://33br4s1w6nsy1o4van3jx2pq.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Viewers-Guide_WEB_Reader.pdf
Made for Life:
Marriage welcomes the "supreme gift" of the child
“Children are born “from the very heart” of marriage, from the mutual self-giving between husband and wife (CCC, no. 2366). They are the “supreme gift” of marriage and its “ultimate crown.” (GS, nos. 50, 48)
Study Guide: http://33br4s1w6nsy1o4van3jx2pq.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/made-for-life-viewers-guide-web.pdf
Made for the Common Good:
Marriage safeguards justice
“How is marriage a social justice issue? The family is the bedrock of society. Children come to understand who they are and how they fit into this world through their family relationships.
Marriage between a man and a woman, that gives stability and permanence to their bond, is good for all of society especially for children.”
Study Guide: http://33br4s1w6nsy1o4van3jx2pq.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/VCG-Study-Guide_FINAL-i_r1.pdf
Made for Freedom:
Marriage and religious liberty stand – or fall - together
“Religious liberty is “the right to live in the truth of one’s faith and in conformity with one’s transcendent dignity as a person” (CA no. 47). It entails not only the freedom to worship in private, but also the freedom to follow the tenets of one’s faith in the public sphere."
Study Guide: http://33br4s1w6nsy1o4van3jx2pq.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/VRF-Study-Guide_FINAL.pdf
Married Couples Retreat (February 3-4th, 2017)
THE HUMANUM SERIES
In 2014, we were commissioned by the Vatican to produce a series of documentary films for a historic gathering of religious and cultural leaders from around the world, hosted by Pope Francis. The theme of the gathering was the complementarity of Man and Woman. THE HUMANUM SERIES was received with universal acclaim, blending human experiences, social sciences, art, animation, religion, and philosophy into a short-form documentary format. The production included shoots in France, Nigeria, Lebanon, Mexico, Scotland, England, and the United States.
The design of Man and Woman has been revered in all cultures throughout human history. The yin and the yang, the masculine and the feminine, are timeless and elemental. Man & Woman "fit" within with the cosmos like complementary colors.
An example of the universality of this ancient, ecological wisdom is the ever-present "garden" metaphor for Man, Woman, and Child. In the film series, the garden metaphor appears in a Chinese symbol for society, an African mural depicting the generations, a Mexican child's image of her family, and the Hebrew poetry of the Song of Songs.
The Series is set for worldwide digital distribution in 2016. You can read coverage about the HUMANUM Colloquium and the HUMANUM SERIES here in Our Sunday Visitor, The National Catholic Register, and Aleteia.
EPISODE 1: THE DESTINY OF HUMANITY: ON THE MEANING OF MARRIAGE
EPISODE 2: THE CRADLE OF LIFE AND LOVE
EPISODE 3: UNDERSTANDING MAN AND WOMAN
EPISODE 4: A HIDDEN SWEETNESS
EPISODE 5: CHALLENGE AND HOPE FOR A NEW GENERATION
EPISODE 6: MARRIAGE, CULTURE AND CIVIL SOCIETY
EARTH AND SKY: MANY VOICES, ONE PROMISE
EARTH & SKY is a meditation on Man and Woman featuring footage of real couples from around the world. The narration features sacred texts and love poetry from the world's religious traditions including the Torah, the Hindu Rite of the Seven Steps, the Koran, a Greek Orthodox Christian Wedding Liturgy, the New Testament as well as Buddhist and Jewish love poetry.
The world's religious traditions understand Man and Woman as an expression of the complementarities present in all of creation. This wondrous way of seeing that our humanity "fits" in with the cosmos, is often forgotten in the West. This spirit of wonder and wisdom was at the heart of the original Humanum Colloquim.
The title "Earth & Sky" is a reference to the Hindu Rite of Seven Steps in which the husband says to his beloved, "I am the sky and you are the earth."
EARTH & SKY was screened before a global audience at the 2015 World Meeting of Families. You can find it here at 47 min. into this link of C-Span's broadcast at the Festival of Families.
LAUDATO SI - PAPAL ENCYCLICAL TRAILER
LAUDATO SÍ, Pope Francis' second encyclical, is a beautiful meditation on the interdependence between the human person, the family, our neighbor, the natural world, and the Divine. HUMANUM commissioned us to produce a trailer for the encyclical that would be evocative of themes of "human ecology"- this idea that the book of nature is one and indivisible, encompassing both natural and social environments.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
HUMANUM was featured at the 2015 World Meeting of Families. It was an honor to produce these shorts that introduced each of the keynote speakers including Bishop Robert Barron, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Helen Alvaré, Dr. Juan Francisco de la Guardia Brin and Mrs. Gabriela N. de la Guardia, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap. and Pastor Richard “Rick” Warren.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: THE LIGHT OF THE FAMILY IN A DARK WORLD
LIVING AS THE IMAGE OF GOD: CREATED FOR JOY AND LOVE
A GIFT FROM GOD: THE MEANING OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
CREATING THE FUTURE: THE FERTILITY OF CHRISTIAN LOVE
THE FAMILY: A HOME FOR THE WOUNDED HEART
THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL LIFE
HUMANUM: SOCIAL MEDIA SHORTS
HUMANUM SHORT: CULTURE OF ME
IDENTITY AND SYMBOL