Here at the CatholicTV Network we know a lot about video. About 40% of our on-air programming is produced right here in our Watertown, Massachusetts based studios. Our intent is for the programs to be seen on TV, but today’s viewers are using handheld devices to watch what they want to watch, when they want to watch it.
We are excited to include a weekly post on media in The CatholicTV Network blog, which will be published on Mondays. Media Monday joins such impressive and alliterative features as Wisdom Wednesday and Faith Friday.
The goal of the Media Monday post is:
As Boston mourns the loss of two heroes, Lt Ed Walsh and FF Michael Kennedy, we wanted to offer some words of wisdom on death, and we thought this Scripture passage was perfect for two heroes who sacrificed their lives in a fire.
The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
Every year on Ash Wednesday we hear the same Gospel reading, when Jesus exhorts us to “take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them". As we scratch our heads in confusion, the priest will usually explain in his homily why our wearing of ashes is not what Jesus was talking about (not that it can't be, in some cases).
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
- 1 John 4:7-8
I'm excited to introduce a new series here at the CatholicTV blog: Faith Fridays! Each week we'll look at a tenet of Catholic faith, reflect on its meaning and consider ways to deepen the way we live that tenet.
When looking for teaching on abortion in the bible, we don't need to look any futher than the pithy Wisdom book, Proverbs. Proverbs 31:8-9 teaches us:
Open your mouth in behalf of the mute, and for the rights of the destitute;
At last night's Opening Mass for the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, gave a fantastic homily comparing "reproductive rights" to the emperor's new clothes. Those of us who espouse a Catholic view on abortion and see the inherent fraud in morality based solely on personal choice feel disempowered to speak up. We feel like we're the crazy ones. But we can't be deceived like the crowd in the Hans Christian Andersen story. Here's the footage of his entire homily, and you can find the text of Cardinal Seán's homily below.