Movies that teach the value of Faith
Two powerful movies released recently on DVD illustrate the importance of faith and virtue in leading a good life.
One, “Mother Teresa,” tells the story of one of the world’s most famous and most admired women, and “End of the Spear” is the story of five American missionaries to the Waodani Indians of the Ecuadorian Jungle.
Mother Teresa was an Albanian born nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity. Called “The Angel of Mercy,” many people regarded her as a living saint. Her work under the poverty of Calcutta made her one of the world’s best-known people. She established her order in 1950 to care for those she called: “the hunger, the naked, the homeless, the lame, the blind, the leper, all the people who feel unwittingly unrelenting, disobedient to society , people who become become burdened on society and are avoided by all. “
Golden Globe winner Olivia Hussey relieves the holy woman’s life story in” Mother Teresa, “a DVD feature of Fox Home Entertainment. A sharp diplomat and an unwavering power, Mother Teresa was reluctant to accept what others considered impossible, fought fears for the unbelievers and the forgotten.
In 1956, a small group of missionaries tried to alleviate the cannibal tribes of darkest Ecuador, but for their compassion they were killed mercilessly. Years later, the women of the fallen men returned to the town to continue their men’s missionary work and allow their children to live among the tribe in the hope that the natives could find faith through their forgiveness.
Now director Jim Hanon tells this remarkable true story of fear, faith and forgiveness in “End of the Spear”, based on the book “Through Gates of Splendor” by Elisabeth Elliot, the widow of one of the missionaries.
The film tells the story of the Waodani fighter Mincayani, killing the death of Steve Saint’s father and four other missionaries. Steve returns to Waodani as an adult and meets Mincayani; together they confront the meaning of the life and death of Steve’s father and the other men who were murdered. By Mincayani, Steve comes to forgive; By Steve, Mincayani comes the lessons of the Bible and understands a path to a virtuous life.