Books that Are Written which cover the Subjects of the movies mentioned in the last blog

Full disclosure: I have only skimmed most of these books, but I am offering them as reference for those who want more in-depth information on the subjects presented in the movies and one I have on order (the book on Constantine). Of the books I’ve looked at in my collection these seem to offer interesting perspectives on the issues presented in the movies.

The movie “The Passions of Joan of Arc” is about the life of Saint Joan of Arc. A book which carries a 1959 Imprimatur on her life is “St. Joan of Arc” by John Beevers, 1974, Tan Books

The movie “The Immemorial Tridentine Mass” is about the Catholic mass which has been sacrificed in basically the same form since about the 5th century until 1968 when it was for the most part replaced by the so-called Novus Ordo mass. The deep meaning of this “original” Roman Catholic mass, still said in the Latin, is covered in the book “The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Dogmatically, Liturgically and Ascetically Explained” by Rev, Dr. Nicholas Gihr, 1941, B. Herder Book CO. It carries a 1938 Imprimatur.

The movie “Constantine and the Cross” covered the life of the life of the first Roman Emperor to become Christian and who legalize Christianity, and for the first time stopped the brutal persecutions  in the Roman empire (the persecutions came back under a few of the subsequent emperors). A book I’m ordering, described by one reviewer as a fictional biography and another reviewer that it integrated a lot of good history is “Constantine: The Miracle of the Flaming” by Frank G. Slaughter, 1965, Doubleday & Company, Inc.

The movie “The Scarlet and the Black” covered the exploits of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty during world war II.  A more complete retelling of his story is covered in: “The Vatican Pimpernel: The World War II exploits of the monsignor who saved over 6,500 lives,” by Brian Fleming, 2012, Skyhorse.

The movie “The Passion of the Christ,” has, as its subject, a topic which many books have been written about. One interesting looking book which I have glanced at and which carries a 1908 Imprimatur is: “The Passion of Jesus and its Hidden Meaning.” By Father James Groenings, S.J., 1987, Tan Books.

The movie “For Greater Glory” is about the revolution in the 1920’s in Mexico. A book that covers turmoil in Mexico from the arrival of the Spanish in the new world until 1930, touching on the masonic influences in the recent conflicts, is a book called “Blood-Drenched Altars: A Catholic Commentary on the History of Mexico,” by the Most Rev. Francis Clement Kelly, 1987, Tan Books and Publishers.

The movie on Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre covered mostly his life, but the things that caused him alarm and the reasons for starting the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPS) are covered in his book “Open letter to Confused Catholics,” 1986, Gracewing Ltd. (The latest, 3rd edition was printed November 1, 1992 by Angelus Press)

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