I made this video in tribute to those who leave the pleasures of world and self, in order to follow the contemplative and/or active life in God. Sadly, the orders of mendicants, monks and nuns have greatly decreased in number in the past century, due to the dramatic return of secular hedonism. I hope this video will awaken some desire for spiritual growth in all of us; we all need to give our selves entirely to God, whether cleric or layman. The music is Paradisi Portae.
I did not make this video for deep explanatory or instructional purposes, but as a general overview of these religious orders. I have included only the most well known and popular orders, with the Latin name and abbreviation as well as the common English name. The pictures are a collection of Monastic and Mendicant monks and friars, and do not chronologically coincide with the slides. In the background is a chant that I have unfortunately lost the name of.
Join Catholic Digest as we journey through the Lenten season. Catholic Digest has put together nine meditative videos beginning with Ash Wednesday and culminating with Easter Sunday. Each video is short enough to fit in any day—your lunch break, prayer time or any opportunity you have for personal reflection. These brief videos serve to provide you with thoughts, observations, and meditations to help you understand how Christ suffered for us and the redemption we ultimately attain through his resurrection.