Friday, October 13, 2006

Letter to the editor

Adoration, tonight, 7-8 pm, SAA Church. Come spend some time with Jesus.
The following is a letter to the editor that was published in yesterday's Catholic Standard. It is written (and very well written, might I add) by one of our parishioners: Fran Vanbrocklin. Please join me in applauding Fran for her courage, concern, and candor in addressing the important issue of appropriate television entertainment:

"Letter to the editor - Are TV shows really 'less objectionable'?

After having read the Fall TV Preview ('Fall's new TV series offer more quality, less objectionable content') in the September 28, 2006 edition (of Catholic Standard), I was totally baffled as to what exactly is LESS objectionable in these programs. Is it the premarital situations, premarital sex, the gratuitous shower scene, sleeping with one's estranged wife or the affair with one's boss?? Or could it be the mild profanity, intended suicide or crude language??

It seems to me that it does not, or rather, SHOULD NOT matter how many sexual references/situations, are included in the programming. It is offensive and objectionable, regardless of the frequency. Isn't this how crass TV programming was born?? It starts off small, then explodes into something much, much larger.

I am sorry, but the point 'less objectionable content' was in no way, shape or form conveyed in this piece. Only when TV programs are devoid of such topics, will they cease to become offensive and objectionable."

Fran VanBrocklin
Olney, MD


At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You go, girl!
Nice job, Fran.

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today I found out the worst news of my life that both my parents have cancer. They have chosen not to have chemotherapy. I cried my little heart out because I love them both so much and what would I do without them? I recalled them after I stopped crying and they told me me they needed my strength and what was happening to them was God's Will. I will be a very strong person and be like the people during Lent suffering on the inside and not show it on the outside so I won't put any burden on anyone else.

All I ask is that pray for me so I can be strong for my parents. I will be going up to Emmitsburg where there is a garden to get holy water. Maybe that will help.

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANON #2, I will pray for you and your parents. WHat devastating news. Never forget God is always with you and your parents. There is nothing wrong with crying or letting your friends/family support you. In this way you will gain strength to be with your parents and help them. Also spending time with Jesus in Adoration, He will pour out His graces on you and comfort you. He comes to us when we are the weakest.

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Anon,

My parents said this news won't stop them from doing things so they are going to a wedding tomorrow. They said life is for living and that I shouldn't cut anything out either.

At 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon #2,

One of my parents is a cancer survivor. I understand what you are going through. It seemed too unreal for me. Love them even more and stay close to God because sometimes pain can make you wander away from Him. Just keep praying really hard and leave it all in His hands. Also, I found amazing support and love with the Lady of Lourdes.

I will keep you in my prayers.

At 5:21 AM, Blogger Tenderfoot said...

Thank you so much for your prayers
I really appreciate it!! I am glad that your parent is doing well. What a tremendous relief it must have been for you! At some point I will be going to the Grotto in Emmitsburg. What a peaceful place that is there and I love Our Lady's statues there.

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news! My dad does not have cancer! It was a mixup!

I am so thankful to God!!

What are the different ways we can show God our gratefullness?


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