This documentary explores the life of the heroic spiritual leader of Vietnam, Cardinal Van Thuan, who became a political prisoner and a prophet of hope. The powerful film traces the history of Thuan from his privileged upbringing in a powerful political family to decades of war, betrayal and imprisonment— when he would celebrate Mass in secret with three drops of wine in the palm of his hand and the host smuggled inside a flashlight by his faithful. Featuring interviews with those who knew him best, never before seen family videos, and rare archival footage, Road of Hope offers an unprecedented glimpse into the life of a modern day martyr and saint.
English language film, Not rated, NTSC Region 1 only.
A Remarkable DVD about Having Joy and Hope in the midst of Tremendous Suffering
The first time I remember reading about this remarkable man was in a book calledA Priest Forever: Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope by Alfred McBride, O. PREAM. I still find it astonishing how this priest lived a life of such profound faith, real hope, and genuine joy in the midst of tremendous suffering. A brother in Christ I had loaned the book to was equally inspired by the mention of this man’s dedication to the Eucharist and Christ, so he got a copy of the DVD entitled Road to Hope: The Spiritual Journey of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan.
My husband and I watched the documentary last evening and are still letting the magnitude of grace, perseverance, holiness, joy, and hope Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan exuded settle in. I can Full Review...