To the Heights

August 17, 2013, the site of the Student Brothers of the Province of St. Joseph, recently announced the production of a new video series: To The Heights. The series begins by asking that most vexed question: how can I be happy? For nearly two thousand years, the Church has proposed one answer: true and lasting happiness comes from union with God. Yet, for many, this answer seems like a trite soundbite from a suspect source. How can Catholicism be reasonable in this day and age? In these short videos, the student brothers seek to show how the faith offers compelling answers to life’s essential questions. By grappling with common objections and challenging misconceptions, we hope these videos will encourage people to take another look at the Gospels, and deepen their faith. To The Heights is meant for believers and non-believers alike. You might watch them as a complement to your own reading, or send them to a friend to start a conversation. The series could also be used in R.C.I.A. or religion classes, as a prelude to discussion of the mysteries of the faith. To The Heights follows the basic structure of the Creed, and each video concludes with the relevant reference to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The name of the series comes from a favorite saying of the famous Lay Dominican, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, who always strove for great heights, whether in mountain climbing or in the pursuit of holiness. The brothers also drew inspiration from Msgr. Ronald Knox’s translation of Baruch 5:5: “Up, Jerusalem, to the heights! Look to the sun’s rising, and see if thy sons be not coming to thee, gathered from east to west, joyfully acknowledging God’s holy will!” The videos will be posted on in hopes that it will help you live the Year of Faith with ever greater trust in God’s plan for our happiness and your vocation!

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