We have been looking forward to its release for awhile now, so we were ready. My husband popped two huge bowls of buttery popcorn, the kids filled up their water bottles, and I ran to the basement for the best spot on the couch.
Cameron O’Hearn knocked it out of the park. This short documentary is stunning. It’s beautiful. It’s worth an hour of your time.
As I sit here and type, life goes on all around me. Sounds of Julian Lage’s latest album drift in from the dining room. I can hear the three older children chatting and laughing while washing the dinner dishes. A few of the other children are playing on the swing set out my window with my husband. And I just finished folding a load of laundry. It’s rather peaceful around here.
But in the meantime, the media spins and screams and dictates and shames all day long.
What to do? Today I thought I’d offer a few suggestions that might help. Read through them if you want. Take what you need and discard anything that overwhelms you.
A Few Thoughts to Consider
Sigh. Maybe it’s time for a “media” break? If the news is getting to you, shut it off.
I hate to be a downer, but I don’t think this is going away anytime soon. Think of 9/11. Think of all the security measures that resulted from that tragic event–the security measures that came and stayed.
As our culture becomes more and more obsessed about health (and less and less concerned about the soul), there will be fewer and fewer personal freedoms. I wouldn’t be surprised if this didn’t happen every year–I mean a Mandated Stay at Home Law every winter and spring. New viruses will come after all, and we’ve just set a precedent–lock down for everyone.
That’s kind of a depressing thought, however true I think it is. So for me, I’ve got to step away from the media for awhile.
2. This may sound a bit crazy, but assess your local situation as regards to the Sacraments. Are your bishops and priests finding ways to nourish your souls? If not, consider moving to where these things are happening. For if our culture continues on this current trend of limiting personal freedoms and shutting down the Sacraments, it will be necessary to have courageous bishops and priests willing to sacrifice their lives, perhaps literally, to ensure the survival of the Faith.
If you’re curious, our priest here delivered a dynamite homily yesterday about seeing this current situation for what it is. He starts at about 17:20, and I can tell you, he had our attention. (Yes, that’s my kid screaming about halfway through. Embarrassing.) We are so thankful for his witness. And for our bishop.
3. Organize your family life. You need a schedule for everyone’s sanity. If you struggle with this concept, get a copy of Holly Pierlot’s A Mother’s Rule of Life. She gets her priorities right–prayer first, everything else next, etc.
4. Speaking of prayer…have you considered praying the breviary? These are the ancient prayers, psalms, and readings of the Church. They are the Church’s Divine Office–a heartbeat of love to the Father. Of course I would recommend praying the Roman Breviary, but if that’s too much for you, start with the Christian Prayer book.
If you’d like more information on the breviary and it’s history, read Pius Parsch’s The Breviary Explained. My husband couldn’t put it down. Consider giving that book to your husband for Father’s Day.
5. Learn how to garden. Now I am no expert at this, but over the years my husband and I have just plugged away at it, and it’s always been rewarding. Even if we have crop failures, like the year we thought we planted cucumbers, but didn’t, or the time the carrots didn’t come up, or the time the boys pulled all the onions because they thought they were weeds… But something always does manage to grow, and it’s fun eating it.
6. Enjoy a glass of wine with your husband tonight. Let the kids watch Lilies of the Field and play a hand of cards.
And Just For Fun
A reader was recently inspired by my post on Art Walls. She made one of her own, which I’ll post below.