13 Reasons Why You Matter by Noelle Garcia

10-27-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for youth and young adults. Yet despite the many TV shows, movies, and articles on this topic, suicide, depression, self-harm, and loneliness remain difficult subjects for adults of any age to discuss. Speaking with honesty, humor, and personal experience, Noelle Garcia tackles these issues head-on, encouraging those who are struggling (or know someone who is) that God's mercy and love are waiting for them; that you, and your life, truly matter.


Pray Like a Saint by Matthew Leonard

10-20-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

In this talk, internationally known speaker and author Matthew Leonard defines and discusses the three traditional stages of prayer. According to Scripture, every one of us is called to "be perfect" and to "pray without ceasing." Prayer is the path to God, and many of us have been saying prayers all our lives. But are we really praying? Matthew lays out the practical steps to achieve union with God through deep prayer, even in the midst of this busy world.


How to Win an Argument Without Losing a Soul by Matt Fradd

10-13-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Whether you're arguing with family members or Facebook friends, it helps to have not only the facts but the skills for presenting your points forcefully and well. And just as important is your demeanor. For it's all too easy to beat someone over the head with flawless logic—and turn him off to the truths you're trying to share. In How to Win an Argument Without Losing a Soul, Matt Fradd equips you with the powers of argumentation you need to be an effective debater and the right attitude for doing it with charity, humility, and patience. Matt explains how to build a logical argument piece-by-piece. He gives examples of the most common fallacies and teaches you how to spot them in others' arguments (and your own!). And he offers wise strategies to ensure that your goal is not to score debate points but to lead souls to the light. Faith and conversion are ultimately God's work, of course. But he commands us to cooperate with him in that work. Watch How to Win an Argument Without Losing a Soul and become a more effective instrument for communicating God's saving truth.


Solanus Casey: Priest, Porter, Prophet

10-06-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

This extraordinary film explores the heroic life of a remarkable, modern-day mystic, Father Solanus Casey, who was relegated to doing little more than being a simple doorman in his monastery. But God would transform the role his superiors assigned him, appointing it a far greater significance to be continued even beyond his earthly life: that of prophet, healer, and intercessor. Known as a wonder-worker and a powerful instrument of divine healing and hope, he touched countless lives. His untiring attention to the sick and poor, combined with his prayers, wise counsel, and burning faith brought an unprecedented outpouring of grief at his death in 1957. More than twenty thousand people attended the funeral of this selfless American-born priest.

A gripping story of this priest's simple and unshakable faith in God's love unfolds through interviews with his friends, colleagues, eyewitnesses, biographers, and direct recipients of his healing and prophecy. Rare, never-before-seen film footage and historical photographs are included with actual footage from the exhumation of this exemplary Servant of God.


City of Saints by Charles Francis Kinnane

09-29-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Award-winning director, Charles Francis Kinnane and his team of passionate and dedicated film-makers tell the true stories of God's grace through the ministries of the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey in this groundbreaking seven part web series. Called one of the most influential Catholic film series of our lifetime, these short films have inspired more than 1.2 million people worldwide; bringing the light of Christ to the faithful.


Motherhood Matters

09-15-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Why won’t my kids listen? How can I be a better spouse? Where can I find a good friend? What can I do about my children’s allergies? How can I find time to pray? Why is my home such a mess? Why can’t I be a better mother. . . like her?

God cares about all of your motherhood matters, both big and small. Jesus tells us that the “very hairs of your head are all numbered” and that God knows when a sparrow falls. “Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7). When you are drowning in diapers or losing arguments to your tweens/teens, God is there with you and he cares about all of these matters.


Love Hurts by Matthew Leonard

09-08-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

In this presentation, Matthew Leonard focuses on the new idea of love proclaimed by Christ and how it gives meaning to human suffering, penance, and ultimately death. Sounds a bit dark, doesn't it? But it's not! By looking at these issues we'll discover the secret to how we can "Rejoice in the Lord always" (Phil 4:4) just like St. Paul, no matter what happens.


Lectio: Prayer by Dr. Tim Gray

09-01-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Prayer as a Conversation

Prayer is one of the most basic elements of a life of faith, but sometimes it feels like a one-way "conversation." Dr. Gray shows how the solution to this problem can be found in the Scriptures.


"Life is Worth Living" with Bishop Fulton Sheen

08-25-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

In this compilation of three episodes from his classic television program, "Life is Worth Living," Bishop Fulton Sheen delivers his thoughts on various elements of the Catholic Faith with his ever-present humor, animated presentation, and captivating mode of speaking. In the first segment, "Angels," Bishop Sheen explicates the nature of angels and the meaningful role they play in our world. In the second, "The Touch of Your Hand," Bishop Sheen delves into the beautiful truth that through His love, God makes us lovable, and we can effect this same transformation in our neighbor. Lastly, in "Caring," Bishop Sheen insists on the need to love our visible neighbors, and through these caring acts, love our invisible God.


Anger and Forgiveness by Deacon Dr. Bob McDonald

08-18-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Catholic psychotherapist Deacon Dr. Bob McDonald provides a spiritual and psychological prescription for overcoming the sinful anger that poisons the mind of Christ within, causing alienation and division. His practical wisdom shows that only by learning how to forgive can we hope to promote healing and understanding in our relationships and enjoy the blessings of a forgiving heart.


Edith Stein

08-11-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

This is a moving, artistic portrayal of the life of Jewish philosopher, Catholic convert, and Carmelite martyr, Edith Stein. It captures the interior struggles of this extraordinary woman, as well as the great conflicts from her decision to convert to Catholicism. Deeply influenced by the writings of St. Teresa of Avila, she joined the Carmelites, took the name of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was put to death in Auschwitz in 1942, and canonized by John Paul II in 1998. This film shows how two worlds, the Jewish and the Christian, were united within her in absolute coherence in her search for truth. She has become one of the most beautiful symbols in a horrifying period of history because she sought to transform her sufferings under the Nazis into a journey through the “interior castle” as the way to mystical union with God. One phrase, “love conquers fear,” embodies her philosophy of life. Shot in a kind of rich expressionist realism, it’s backed by poignant chant music that makes every frame haunting and alive. Actress Maia Morgenstern (The Passion of the Christ) stars in a powerful performance as Stein.


Brother Francis: The Rosary

08-04-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Join Brother Francis in this entertaining and guidance-filled presentation that will inspirechildren to deepen their faith by praying the Rosary! This episode includes:

  • The prayers of the Rosary as well as the Apostles’ Creed—each wonderfullyvisualized!
  • The Annunciation—an animated portrayal of Mary’s joyful submission to God’s will.Two visualized songs:
  • “I Love to Pray”—an energetic, catchy song that will encourage children tocommunicate with God anywhere and anytime!
  • “The Our Father”—an uplifting musical rendition that celebrates our Heavenly Father’spresence in our daily lives!

Besides being a lot of fun, Brother Francis: The Rosary is a captivating way to help children use their hearts andminds in prayer.


St. Ignatius of Loyola

07-28-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

This week, on Wednesday, July 31st, we will celebrate the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. This modern and very human take on the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called "The Saint of Second Chances," is an incisive and thrilling look at the life of the real man behind the legend. In his lifelong quest to become the heroic knight of his fantasies, Ignatius stares death in the face again and again, having his leg shattered by a cannonball in battle, driven to near suicide by his inner demons, finding himself imprisoned, accused of being an illuminati, and finally finding his life in the hands of the Inquisition. Through it all, he would come to see the hand of God working in his life, shaping the self-obsessed sinner into the loyal and passionate soldier-saint.


Lectio Mark

07-21-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Interested in Bible study? Take some time this summer for a in depth look at the gospel of Mark. Dr. Tim Gray hosts this powerful fourteen-part series to discover the Gospel of Mark like never before. Immerse yourself in this action-packed Gospel that offers Saint Peter’s account of Christ’s life and teaching. Combining the insights of Dr. Tim Gray with the masterful artistry of the Augustine Institute, this Lectio series uses the Church’s rich tradition of Lectio Divina to help you better understand and better pray with the Gospel of Mark.