The Pivotal Players Vol. I

The Pivotal Players Vol. I

2 Seasons

(379 min) Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people! You'll discover the places where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned, and wrote. Visit the countryside where St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the Church. See the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed. Trek through England to where Bl. John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their mark and sparked an English Catholic revival. And through unprecedented HD footage, marvel at the extraordinary art of Michelangelo, from his David statue in Florence, to the Pietà at St. Peter's, to the Sistine Chapel.

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The Pivotal Players Vol. I
  • St. Francis of Assisi

    Episode 1

    St. Francis of Assisi - The Reformer

    Rebuild my Church! That’s the mission Christ gave to St. Francis and it’s the perennial task of the Church in every age of its life. But how is the reform and renewal of the Church to be accomplished? The life of St. Francis demonstrates that Christ intends...

  • St. Thomas Aquinas

    Episode 2

    St. Thomas Aquinas - The Theologian

    The relationship of faith and reason is under intense scrutiny in an age beholden to the competing claims of fundamentalism and secularism. So called “new atheists” insist that the claims of religion amount to mere superstition, a retrograde holdover from a ...

  • St. Catherine of Siena

    Episode 3

    St. Catherine of Siena - The Mystic

    Is the physical world all there is? Is science the only path to ascertaining truth? St. Catherine of Siena witnesses to a higher world beyond the material. Though the fourteenth century mystic never studied theology, and never formally learned how to read or w...

  • St. John Henry Newman

    Episode 4

    St. John Henry Newman - The Convert

    Is there any truth in matters of religion? Should the Church simply retreat in the face of the challenges of culture? John Henry Newman came into the Church as a convert and used his prodigious intellectual gifts to help the Church better understand its identi...

  • G.K. Chesterton

    Episode 5

    G.K. Chesterton - The Evangelist

    How does one engage a culture that is befuddled by Christ and suspicious of the Church? The life and witness of this nineteenth century literary convert shows that the fundamental disposition of effective evangelization is joy, and life in Christ is a day-to-da...

  • Michelangelo

    Episode 6

    Michelangelo - The Artist

    The master of sculpture and painting is not a saint but serves as the privileged representative of the creative potential engendered by the Catholic Faith. The Church professes that beauty is a route of access to God, and through humanity’s creative artistry we glimp...

  • Pivotal Players Volume 1 Leader Guide.pdf

    25.6 MB

  • Pivotal Players Volume 1 Study Guide.pdf

    24.9 MB

  • Pivotal Players Family Devotional.pdf

    11.2 MB

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