Friday, January 18, 2013

Patroness of Life: TB&TR Exclusive Team Interview, Part 2

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The Blood & The Rose
Take a close look at the picture to the right – it’s a replica of St. Juan Diego’s tilma, imprinted with the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe following her appearance to him at Tepeyec, Mexico in 1531.

The black ribbon tied across Our Lady’s waist is a symbol very recognizable for the indigenous people of Mexico. She is pregnant, a sanctuary of life for Christ.

We’re just one week away from a special screening of The Blood  & The Rose – a feature-length documentary centered on Our Lady of Guadalupe – on January 24, one night before thousands of pro-life activists hit the streets of DC for the annual March for Life. The timing, said director Tim Watkins, while not purposeful, is certainly fortuitous.

“It’s stunning how things turned out,” said Tim Watkins, director of TB & TR. “This year is the 40th anniversary of Rowe v. Wade. Our screening is the night before the March. And Our Lady of Guadalupe, the focus of the film, is the Patroness of Life. It’s almost like we made this movie for precisely this moment in time, promoting the dignity of human life.”

The screening will benefit Catholic Charities and our many ministries supporting the dignity of all our neighbors, from the unborn to the elderly. For staff at Catholic Charities’ Sanctuaries for Life program (SFL), the message of The Blood & The Rose has particular significance as they work daily with pregnant women in crisis to help them make a life-affirming choice.

“It’s very powerful when you think about the many pregnant women we serve at Sanctuaries,” said Ana Menjivar, Prenatal Care Coordinator at SFL. “It’s a reminder that Mary said yes to the angel, and yes to God, that she would be this important sanctuary. We want all the women who seek our help to be able see themselves as sanctuaries for the life they carry.”

The power of “yes” is a theme throughout the movie – for Mary, for St. Juan Diego, and for all of us. “Juan Diego a great hero, because he’s ordinary, an everyman,” said Watkins. “He is like you and I, the average person who wonders if they can really make a difference or have any effect on the world. Juan Diego is proof that all of us can help spread the word of the church.”

Tickets are available online for The Blood & The Rose. For information on group rates, please call Jaimie Yates at 410-667-1400, ext 280. The event also includes spiritual insights from popular EWTN program host and mariologist Fr. Leo Patalinghug; host and creator of EWTN’s The World Over Live, Raymond Arroyo; and our very own President and CEO, Father John Enzler. Bishop Francisco Gonzalez will offer a post movie reflection and blessing. 

  • Get Tickets here
  • Learn more about Catholic Charities' Sanctuaries for Life here