A Matter of Life

A gentle but determined army descends on Washington this month. The 46 th annual March for Life is Friday, January 18. Its mission, this year as every year, is to battle against the intrinsic evil of abortion. FORMED has many programs that explain why the fight must go on.

In There Is Life in the Womb , an audio talk of about 40 minutes, the Venerable Fulton J. Sheen says those who want to destroy life are driven by a misunderstanding of love and freedom. They misunderstand love by viewing it simply as sex, in which it doesn’t make very much difference who the other person is. And freedom, to supporters of abortion, is the right to do whatever you please – the selfish ego denies all limits as a restriction of freedom. He says once that philosophy is proclaimed – that the ego is supreme – there are no limits. Then abortion comes. Archbishop Sheen died in 1979, at the age of 84. Even though this talk was most likely given quite a few years before he died – his signature television program, Life Is Worth Living, went off the air in 1957 – what he...Read more

Keeping in the Spirit

The Christmas season may be over for its secular celebrants, but the Catholic Church is not done celebrating. For Catholics, the season that began on December 24 with the First Vespers of the Nativity doesn’t end until January 13, when the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Baptism of Lord. Here are a few of the many offerings that FORMED has to keep you in the spirit of the season.

January 6 is the Epiphany of the Lord, the coming of the Magi from the East to worship the baby Jesus. Why did they come and what is the significance of the gifts they brought? A brief FORMED video, The Epiphany of the Lord , answers these questions and explains why we, like the Magi, should bow down before this baby as our king.

Then there is The Mystery of Christmas , an audio talk on FORMED by Father Larry Richards. Think about the audacity of a God, Father Richards says, who would humble himself to become an infant. There is nothing more important in human history than when God became a man. That which the universe cannot contain was contained in the womb of Mary.

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Have Yourself an Awe-Filled Christmas

We all know the Christmas story. The little town of Bethlehem, the baby Jesus born in a stable to the Virgin Mary, the shepherds, and the magi. Perhaps, nowadays, more than two thousand years after that birth, with all the books, movies, and songs about Christmas, the story has become so familiar that we may not view the miracle of the first Christmas with the awe and wonder that it deserves. FORMED has a video that is just what you need, The Story of the Nativity , which takes you back to the time and place where Christ was born. It uses interviews with Catholic scholars, supplemented with works of art by, among others, Fra Angelico and Rembrandt, to tell the story of Mary and Joseph, Jesus’s miraculous conception, the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the Star of Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus. And that’s not all. Nativity also tells the extraordinary story of what happened before the Nativity, the story of those Old Testament prophets – Isaiah, Micah, and others – who centuries before the miracle in Bethlehem foretold the birth of Christ. It’s only sixty minutes and, at the end of it, you...Read more

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