In January I had the privilege to travel to Ghana as part of a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) sponsored trip for media. There were five radio personalities and administration people and I was there for TV. Ghana is an amazing country and I am grateful to CRS for the opportunity.
Our time in Rome has ended and we’re back on US time already. Looking back on our time is pretty surreal. From the moment we landed in Rome, you could feel the energy of the city, carried over from Easter celebrations straight through the canonizations of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII.
We are so pleased to be partnering with RD Sahl, KJ Johnson and Matt Younis (Matt and KJ are Boston University students) who are in Rome for the Canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. RD, KJ and Matt will be our on the ground crew at the Vatican and we are excited to bring you their content!
Before you get worried, let me just say that, no, I'm not suggesting we imitate Judas' behavior. Even though Judas' betrayal of Jesus played an essential role in the fulfillment of Scripture, Jesus is pretty clear in the Gospel reading at today's Mass that "it would be better for that man if he had never been born."
We gather for the annual oil change and tune up. The oils are the tools we use in the ministry we share, but just as important is our own tune up as we gather as presbyterate to recommit ourselves to follow Christ and to shepherd His people.
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).