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NOVEMBER 2019 VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

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Discernment Matters
The choices of a lifetime
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TUNE IN TO YOUR FAITH 

At the very least, you have to admire the zeal of Jerry Mander. Back in 1978, this former ad agent wrote a manifesto called Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. Mander argued that television was harmful to health, sanity, the environment, and democracy. He viewed broadcast TV as an unredeemable medium that had to be taken down!

He’s not the first to have such overwrought concerns about entertainment. In the third century, philosopher Lactantius condemned the public games as offering “great incitement to vice and are very powerful in corrupting the soul, we must abolish them.” John Chrysostom took a dim view of those enthralled by dramatic actors and Olympic competitions. Augustine feared for a friend who was addicted to circuses and gladiatorial contests.

But as harried as most of us modern folks are, a little downtime and decompression can be refreshing and an opportunity to recharge. Diversion doesn’t have to be mindless. With the explosion of entertainment options that can be streamed to our devices, there are a plethora of possibilities that are downright edifying—even ones that can deepen our faith.

Take the TV series “Real Life Catholic” with host Chris Stefanick. Each week, Chris features the lives of Catholics around the world, from crawfish farmers in Louisiana to surfers in Hawaii. Or how about the beautiful, moving documentary The Island of the Monks about a monastery in Holland undergoing major change. Want to binge-watch stirring word-for-word adaptations of each of the Gospels? Netflix has got you covered.

—Alice Camille,
reprinted with permission from TrueQuest Communications

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