Catholic Storytelling

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Frank Cottrell Boyce, a renowned screenwriter, writes about film and faith on the website of the British Jesuits. (Boyce wrote the splendid film Millions, about a boy who talks to saints.)

Conventional storytelling is all about consequences, about the merciless chains of cause and effect; but the great religious stories – The Prodigal Son, for instance – are about how mercy and grace will cut you free from those chains. I believe strongly in unearned surprises and discontinuous glories. So there is a conflict, but it is a creative one.

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. Interesting that the beginning of the article mentions Colin Firth. I was thinking of “The Emperor’s Speech” as an excellent example of good storytelling.


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