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To the outside world, the life of a monk doesn't serve any practical purpose. But Brother Paul Quenon and his fellow Trappists at Gethesemani Abbey in Kentucky have found a deeper meaning in this "uselessness." They live to remind everyone that our value is not determined by what we do. 
Quiet on Set!
Shhhhh! The monastery is a place of silence. Here's a look behind-the-scenes at our (quiet) shoot with Trappist monks who spend most of the day in prayer... and happen to love video cameras. Watch on our Facebook.
Faith, Joy and Cystic Fibrosis
Gillian’s parents were told that she might live to 18. Now, she’s 27, a wife, and a mother. She shares the truth of living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that gradually decreases lung function, as well as the joy that comes from living her faith even in the face of darkness and suffering. Watch the video.
Grow Inspiration!
MJ Insurance aims to provide a platform to learn, grow, and become more successful. We created two promotional videos to help spread the word about InspireYOU - MJ's educational series. Watch the videos. 
Pro Tip From Our Producer
There were at least 50 people involved in our recent video on sainthood. A few were video professionals, of course, but most were just normal community members who helped arrange the space or agreed to be on camera. We filmed right in the middle of popular events so that we could recruit volunteers and, more importantly, be noticed by the whole community.


 #ProTip: Involve your community in your video.

The result was that all these people eagerly anticipated the release. When the video went live, it was instantly shared and gained over 1K views in one day. The community felt a strong sense of ownership, and even bonded over the experience. When planning your next project, think about how you can involve your community. You'll be shocked at what you can accomplish - together.

- Katie Rutter
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Fulton Sheen's Advice on Sainthood
All of us – you included! – are called to be saints. But how? A man who has nearly become a saint himself shares the secrets to sainthood. Becoming holy is just like building a relationship with another person, except in this cases, we’re building a relationship with Jesus. Master teacher, theologian and near-saint Fulton Sheen explains. Watch the video.
Things About Things
Dressing up for All Saints Day on Nov. 1? Or just need to look... holy? Here's how we made those glorious, convincing halos in our recent video. It's a lot simpler than you would think.We can't help you get canonized, but we can make you look like it. 

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Things About Things
Odd facts about plants... just for fun.

This is the time of year for watching scary movies. Some of these movies will slowly build tension and horror mounting to a terrifying climax. Others rely on cheap jump scares and shock horror. While there are plenty of nasty, scary plants out there slowly creeping through the world with all manner of insidious poisons and slimy tendrils, the genus Impatiens is not one of them. Impatiens rely on jump scares.

At first glance, Impatiens are beautiful flowering plants, but be careful not to admire them too closely. Impatiens seeds are spread through explosive, ballistic dispersal. Impatiens fruits are usually conical and formed from five valves, thick sepal-like structures. The valves are swollen with hydraulic pressure. Too much agitation caused by the wind or a human nose sniffing a nearby fragrant bloom causes the valves to fracture. Within milliseconds, the valves separate from each other and curl inward like a scroll. In the process, the seeds at the center of the fruit are blasted out like some face-hugging aliens from a gooey pod. Is it a well-crafted, intellectual scare? No. Is it effective? Does it make you think twice before you smell your next flower? “Yes” on both accounts.

Scripture Inspiration
Stay grounded with verses that inspire. Here are the two Picture Scripture images that we will post on our Facebook page in the coming weeks.
Join Our Mission
At Thing in a Pot Productions, we believe that everyone has immense value. We are committed to helping others--large and small groups alike--communicate through the language of video. By doing so, we are helping even the "least of these" share their value with the world.

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