From the Director…
Goodness Reigns: Share the Story is an endeavor to call upon youth and young adults to use media and art to explore and share the faith.
Not only does Goodness Reigns seek to create media and art and to show goodness in action but it also aspires to be a launching point for cultivating goodness in one’s life. Submitted films will be available for viewing on the Goodness Reigns website with the hope of effectively reaching and teaching Catholics, and others, on the faith and provide resources instructing how to best live life to the full as promised by Jesus Christ.
– Pope John Paul II
In his 2009 address “New Technologies, New Relationships: Promoting a Culture of Respect, Dialogue and Friendship,” Pope Benedict XVI connects the universal attraction to goodness with the search for fulfillment this way: “Life is not just a succession of events or experiences: it is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this — in truth, in goodness, and in beauty — that we find happiness and joy.”
Since his arrival on earth Jesus Christ has sparked countless artistic works. It is through Jesus Christ, who continues to reveal God to man, that humanity comes to terms with his true identity. “I came that you might have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
In his “Letter to Artists,” released in 1999, then Pope John Paul II spoke of “new epiphanies” and our ensuing call to communicate goodness and beauty through art. “In Christ, God has reconciled the world to himself. … It is up to you, men and women who have given your lives to art, to declare with all the wealth of your ingenuity that in Christ the world is redeemed: the human person is redeemed, the human body is redeemed, and the whole of creation which, according to Saint Paul, ‘awaits impatiently the revelation of the children of God,’ is redeemed. This is your task. Humanity in every age, and even today, looks to works of art to shed light upon its path and its destiny.”
“Goodness Reigns through Jesus Christ!” Go, then, and make art!