"While there is light, Let us work! God's grace working in the world.

 

 

"While there is light, let us work!"

 

 

 I was reading this article, called "A Diet of Popcorn and Mindless Entertainment at the Movies" and I realized it was missing and important angle to it.

The article is here: www.lifesitenews.com/news/a-diet-of-popcorn-mindless-entertainment-at-the-movies

A Diet of Popcorn and Mindless Entertainment at the Movies. by Eric Mataxas

 Eric, goes on to give us a review of his going to see this movie with his daughter and coming out blank. Though he had nothing to complain about it in particular, it just to him, was mindless.

 

I have to say, most of our culture today is 'mindless' isn't it ? And that is tame. If we wanted to really learn something would we really go to a movie theatre to learn anything?
The purpose of a theatre, in my dictionary;

a play or other activity or presentation considered in terms of its dramatic quality: this is intense, moving, and inspiring theater.
• a movie theater.

 I think the first problem here is, Eric forgot this was a theatre.

Secondly, I think he forgot that we are living in the 21st century when, most public places have been taken over by secular entertainment.

 But one other problem I see in Christian circles is a kind of austerity that seeks to dwell only where fully Catholic/Christian things are. Granted, it is a wonderful position to be in, so full of faith that nothing of this world satisfies. This is the goal we are all working towards. But, problem is most of us are living in this world, just trying not to be 'of it'.

Many of us have children and bringing up families in this day and age is a challenging one. I will admit to enjoying, sometimes even mindless movies, if it happens to be clean and entertains after a long stressful day. As Eric shares, he went to the theatre with his daughter to enjoy the movie. While this particular movie might be tame compared to many Hollywood movies, (we haven't seen it yet) I hate it to be used to take away the little hope we have. Fr. Martindale once said, that "you will find an element due to an effect of Catholic working in the world." Meaning, that all good things we have in this world are examples of God's grace working in the world. Sometimes we just need to look a little closer to see it. I read this so long ago and have since always tried to find the element of the faith, hiding amongst the secular world. Proof that God is working behind the scenes.

Take Hollywood for example; What about the good movies that have come from Hollywood?

Movies of courage, hope, beauty, faith and more. Movies like The Village that shows us beauty and love again. Or how about Defiance, showing us courage and hope during a time of war. Recently there is For Greater Glory coming, about the Mexican Revolution. It's actually coming to threatres June 1st ! Akeelah and the Bee showed us hope and perserverance. The Passion, showed us for the first time, a real live Savior that we were moved to tears for. My shelves are filled with movies that were hand picked from all that Hollywood has put out. I agree there is much to be disliked in Hollywood. And much more to be feared! But with Clearplay viewers, there is a glimmer of hope. 

Fr. Martindale continues, "How careful, then, shall we be not to exclude with hostility what is not frankly Catholic - it is material on which, in which the Catholic Fa(ith) must work. How wise we shall be to seek out in anything that is, that which provides a point of contact, contains already a true and right ingredient."

We have hope that God's grace is still working in the world. Hope that for every dozen movies put out that belong on the trash heap, one small writer, producer puts out a movie of substance. Sometimes when I look at these directors its as if, they don't realize what they are doing. But, God is working through them reaching out to the world. Let us pray that more good family movies may come out of Hollywood. Let us pray for more Christian/Catholic producers to enter the field and start producing good quality movies. Let us take back a portion of that industry that has so much power to do good.

Let us find the glimmers of God's grace in this world, that we may bring our children up not corrupted, but strong in the faith and able to defend it with their very lives.

 

©Copyright 2012 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

Facebook Concerns for Catholics ? Not for everyone

 

 

I've heard some concerns about Facebook and frankly this concerns me. In a time of worldly humanism there is no stopping society's demise into frenetic self-love. This we all agree. But to boycott Facebook because it promotes abortion, and other evil sins, seems a little 'one sided'.

Allow me to explain: If we are convinced to boycott Facebook, then we should consider boycotting Youtube for pornography and the entire internet for that matter!   Throw out the computers! Does that sound reasonable?

Extremism today is a slippery slope. We are all struggling to keep the world out of our lives. Struggling to keep our family’s safe and Catholic. Struggling to keep our children pure. Granted, we must be careful. I can't stress this enough. We all know ever since the internet came out, it was a way for the sick people of the world to get out their sick information. Pornography and more is available on the internet. I dare you to put in just one word in google that could bring up everything you've been worried about. Please don't do it. I've been on the internet for some 12 or more years. I have to say I have never had truly sick images appear before my mind all on their own. I have always used the internet for researching the Catholic faith, shopping for the Catholic faith, shopping for books or curriculm and similar searches. These have never got me into trouble. Your searches are what keep you safe. The ads you see pop up come from google keeping track of your searches and showing back to you what you just seen.

We once had concerns about the internet. But today we all use it. Today we are concerned about Facebook. But, Facebook doesn't have to be as scary as some might think. Facebook is a closed group; where you can only allow those you know on your page. Yes, of course, there are nasty people on Facebook. But, just as there are nasty things on Youtube, they are in their corner and you are in yours. Once you sign up, you set your privacy settings to private so you can keep everyone out. There is even settings now that you can set up groups on Facebook just like yahoogroups, where you have to join and only those who are members are included. So, Facebook is just an updated version of yahoogroups where we have had our OLLMPC modesty group for ages. It really is just another online tool.

Granted some people spend all their time posting pictures about themselves, but that is a personal choice. It doesn't have to be this way. I visit with plenty of good Catholics on Facebook. You can post your prayer requests on your group for others to pray for. You can post Novena reminders. You can ask others to join you in a Rosary Novena, the ideas are endless really. Others I've seen post religious pictures and post religious quotes. I learned about my Aunt Irene dying this past Christmas through Facebook and sent my condolences this way. Why can't we take back these tools that are out there and use them for God's purposes? Just like guns can't be banned because criminals use them, it doesn't make sense to boycott Facebook because of the bad people out there that use it. But we must be wise and clever as serpents too.

Granted Facebook is not for everyone and I perfectly understand people wanting to stay out of it. I'm sure some families reading this may have even been burned by the internet. My heart goes out to you!  In no way will I stop my emails only to use Facebook. Some of you expressed concern of that. But it is just another tool we are using to reach out to Catholics on there. Just another way we can open up our life a little and share a bit more of our day to day here. Everything we do online today, we must be careful. We must monitor our children on the internet absolutely! Just like we are careful what we put on the TV's in our house. Today we must find ways to use technology, but not let our family get burned in the process. It is truly a trying time to live. But as adults, if we are careful we can find many gems of Catholic places online that are safe. Catholic forums, Catholic businesses, Catholic movies and more. We must be the light in this dark world so that faithful Catholics can stay connected in our online catacombs. All that is needed for evil to grow, is for good people to do nothing.

What do you think ? Leave me your thoughts here.