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The intertwining of faith and reason are at the heart of Black Friars Media; the film team for the Province of Saint Joseph.  Exploring the human experience through the lens of faith and reason are the foundational principles celebrated by Dominicans Friars and upon which the media production company was established over 10 years ago. We have production bases in New York City and partnerships with EWTN which is the largest religious media network in the world, NET-TV in Brooklyn, CatholicTV in Boston, Catholic Faith Network (CFN) in Long Island, New York.

NaPro: A Quiet Revolution

This groundbreaking documentary seeks to inform women of new technology that is an effective alternative to mainstream women’s healthcare. NaPro Technology is a systematic approach to women s health that examines the various signs of a woman s fertility throughout her cycle. With this new science, doctors are able to diagnose the underlying problems to many women s health issues such as PMS, Endometriosis, PCOS as well as Infertility. Today in women s health most problems are treated with the birth control pill or in the case of infertility, IVF. Both these treatments act as a bandaid to the problem and do not treat the underlying issues. In medicine a doctor would never shut down a normally functioning system. In women s health a woman s cycle is shut down with the birth control pill in order to regulate her cycle.

This film looks at the science behind NaPro technology through three Napro-certified doctors and their effort to give women better natural healthcare in a culture that only promotes the use of artificial treatments such as the birth control pill and IVF. Problems such as infertility are often treated as bad luck and patients are told artificial means such as IVF are necessary. In reality, there is usually an underlying disease that can be diagnosed and treated. The goal of NaPro technology is to restore a woman s cycle to good health and fertility. By restoring a woman s cycle to its proper function, NaPro technology is fixing the problem, and not bypassing it.

Now and at the Hour of Our Death

A Catholic Guide to End-of-Life Decision-Making: Produced for the New York State Conference of Catholic Bishops. No Conversation is More Profound. Talking about death and dying can be difficult and uncomfortable, yet perhaps no conversations are more profound or necessary for all of us. End-of-life decisions are among the most challenging we will ever face. In our featured video, you will hear directly from a Catholic priest who is also a bioethicist, a physician and a nurse who each work with the dying and their families, and family members themselves who have faced demanding and difficult treatment decisions for a loved one.

Six Paths to the Priesthood

Bishop Robert Barron reflects on the “Veritas” Truth motto of the Dominican Friars along with the six men he ordained to the priesthood. Each friar shares what inspired him to serve God and His people as Catholic priests in the Order of Preachers.

Out of the Shadows: The Rise of Christendom

Dominican Father Allen White, an Oxford-trained historian and long-time denizen of the Eternal City, traces the origins of Roman Christianity from its obscure, house-church beginnings to its ultimate triumph over the imperial power. From out of the shadows arose the Church, the City of God that would determine the course of the world history until the end of time.

Master of the Sacred Palace

St. Dominic, appointed in 1218, was the first Master of the Sacred Palace, the Papal Theologian. Eighty-four Dominicans consecutively succeeded him until the early 20th century. In the Dominican Order he ranks next to the general, ex-general and vicar-general. He is ex-officio consultor of the Holy Office, prelate-consultor of Rites, and perpetual assistant of the Index. He is consultor of the Biblical Commission, and is frequently consulted on various matters by the pope as his theologian. His official audience occurs once a fortnight. The official apartment of the Master of the Sacred Palace contains the unbroken series of portraits of the Masters of the Sacred Palace, from St. Dominic down.

 

 

Photography and Beauty: Lawerence Lew 

In Part I & II of this two-part series, Father Lawrence Lew, O.P. shares his reflections on the nature of beauty, the responsibility of the artist and the place of photography in his life. We are given a glimpse into the majestic interior of the Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer in NYC through Fr. Lawrence’s lens.

The Sea Within

Peter Kreeft, author of 67+ books and professor of philosophy at Boston College, describes surfing as a mystical experience. He realizes this description will surprise and offend most serious scholars, but considers the gap between mystics and non-mystics to be far less great than experts think. The door to mystical experience is open to more people than many realize. Kreeft shares the fruits of his contemplation on this subject with young surfers at the Honolulu Surf Camp.

The Empire of the Cross

Fr. Allan White, O.P., braves the scorching heat of July in the city of Rome and delivers an on-site historical exploration of the Basilica of San Clemente located at its heart. Citing the discoveries of Father Joseph Mullooly, O.P., in the mid-19th Century, he explains how the basilica, built upon the ruins of a Roman nobleman’s home, is a living example of Catholic tradition.

Lyrics of a Song Revealed: Good Christian Men, Rejoice!  

Nearly seven hundred years ago, a Dominican friar named Henry Suso had a vision of angels singing and dancing with joy about the birth of the Infant Jesus. The German preacher and mystic poet was soon swept up by the angelic song, and penned the Christmas hymn In Dulci Jubilo as a result. In the loose translation familiar to many today, we sing,

Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave;
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain his everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save!

The Angelic Warfare Confraternity

(AWC), a supernatural fellowship of men and women bound to one another in love and dedicated to pursuing and promoting chastity together under the powerful patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Dominican Friars at Sirius XM.

Dominican Friars at Sirius XM.

 

The Dominican Friars have a National Radio show called Word to Life, on Sirius XM Channel 129. With over 24 million subscribers to Satellite Radio it is a powerful platform for the friars to preach the Good News.

The Friars help their listeners to understand God’s Word, and how to live it out in their daily lives, with a contemporary and insightful look at our Sunday readings. The Friars also interview authors and other individuals who are bringing God’s Word to Life in the world.

Fridays 1 pm ET on Sirius XM 129

Rebroadcast Fridays 4 pm ET, Saturdays 2 am ET, Sundays 8 am ET

Word to Life is also available as a podcast and via Soundcloud.

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