Prayer Before Connecting to the Internet

Written by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

A prayer before logging onto the internet:
Almighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thine image
and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person of Thine Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor,
during our journeys through the internet
we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee
and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

and, of course, the Latin…

OMNIPOTENS aeterne Deus, qui nos secundum imaginem Tuam plasmasti, et omnia bona, vera, pulchra, praesertim in divina persona Unigeniti Filii Tui Domini nostri Iesu Christi, quaerere iussisti, praesta quaesumus ut, per intercessionem Sancti Isidori, Episcopi et Doctoris, in peregrinationibus per interrete factis et manus oculosque ad quae Tibi sunt placita intendamus et omnes quos convenimus cum caritate ac patientia accipiamus. Per Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen.

Vocation Videos – A Challenge

At present, we don’t have a “vocation video” for the Marians. It is a serious challenge. What should it be like? Since I’m not the vocation director, however, I’m not too concerned about it.

Still, in looking at other attempts, I have hope. It doesn’t have to be high-def with the latest video effects. Well, high-def isn’t a bad thing, either.

Here is an example of a somewhat older vocation video that, well, um, it’s not ideal. I like the section on missionary work in Japan. But… it’s something that clearly shows the need to be careful in choosing a video editor, not to mention the music used.

Unaffected by the Writers’ Strike

No noticeable impact here due to the Hollywood Writers’ Strike. I recently watched an episode of Jackie Gleason’s American Scene Magazine. It was hilarious–and from a mere 45 years ago. (I watched it thanks to the Museum of Broadcast Communications website). I also watched a Gary Moore show from 1951. There is so much programming to see that I’ve never seen, and even if it isn’t the best, it’s better than what’s on now!