Finding a Confirmation Gift

What to get as a Confirmation gift?…

Its always a tricky question, as the person being confirmed may already have Bibles, rosaries and prayer books which are always popular gifts. So why not try something a bit different?

Usually someone getting confirmed will take the name of a saint as a patron. If you know what name they are taking then a medal or icon of that saint is a great place to start.

If you prefer something that will entertain and help build faith, then the following books and films might spark your interest:

Books

Fiction

The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis

Lewis imagines a senior devil writing to his nephew about all the ways to ensnare humans.

Out of the Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis

The first book in C.S. Lewis’ lesser known sci-fi trilogy presents a cosmic vision that places God firmly at the centre despite the intentions of interstellar explorers.

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

You’ve probably seen the films, but the book has a simplicity and integrity that three films somehow managed to miss. You might also like to try Tolkien’s short story Leaf by Niggle

The Wife of Pilate – Gertrude Von Le Fort

Three short stories of historical fiction spanning the crucifixion of Jesus to the Inquisition’s trial of Galileo.

Quo Vadis – Henryk Sienkiewicz

If you can manage the language, Quo Vadis is a must-read. It is set in Ancient Rome during the time of Nero, and if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, you’ll enjoy this. If you’re not a fan, the message of love and sacrifice is a balm for the violence of Roman society.

Non-Fiction

The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living – John Zmirak & Denise Matychowiak

A fun and slightly irreverent guide to the feasts and seasons of the year including activities and recipes inspired by the saints.

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Anything – James Martin SJ

A practical and very readable guide to life based on the spirituality of St Ignatius.

The Pocket Guide to Sainthood – Jason Boyett

Unexpected and genuinely funny guide to saints throughout the ages.

 

Films

Amazing Grace

amazing graceWe know William Wilberforce was technically a Presbyterian, but this film about the abolition of Slavery in England is outstanding. With fantastic performances from Ioan Gruffudd (The Fantastic Four, Hornblower) and Benedict Cumberbatch (who needs no introduction) as well as a supporting cast that includes Toby Jones, Albert Finney, Michael Gambon, Rufus Sewell and Ciaran Hinds, this film is about human dignity, and the courage to persevere in the face of persecution.

Sisters of War

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A nurse and a Catholic Nun find themselves relying on each other as the Japenese bring the Second World War to their hospital in  Papua New Guinea.

 

The Mission

the missionA tale of the struggle between Jesuit Missionaries and the Slave Traders and Colonisers of South America, told through the relationship of Jeremy Iron’s Fr Gabriel, and Robert de Niro’s slaver Mendoza, also featuring a very young Liam Neeson.

 

 

A Courageous Heart

courageous heartThe story of a social worker in Poland who rescued thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, and remained silent even when captured by the Gestapo. Starring Anna Paquin (X-Men Films).

 

 

Entertaining Angels

entertainingThe story of Dorothy Day and her fight for social justice in America, which gave rise to the Catholic Worker Movement. Starring Moira Kelly (The Lion King, One Tree Hill) and Martin Sheen.

Hotel Rwanda

hotel rwandaA haunting account of a hotel manager who saved numerous lives during the Rwandan Genocide that will leave you asking yourself what you would have done in his place. Starring Don Cheadle and Joaquin Phoenix.

 

 

Molokai: The True Story of Father Damien

molokaiA very accurate account of Fr Damien and his inspiring ministry in the leper colony in Hawaii, starring David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, Van Helsing) as Fr Damien, with Derek Jacobi, Sam Neil and Peter O’Toole in supporting roles.

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