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Visual Violence Reflection

After seeing two current films, I'd have to say, wow, I'm impressed with the level, intensity, and regularity of violence and killing and gore. Most of us are rightly concerned as parents when it comes to exposing our kids to needless violence, regardless of the media, but here, I'm wondering about the harm it may cause adults!

I expected a heavy dose of it when I went to see The Punisher with my college-aged son- it was his choice. And , of course, the title is a warning. While the plot was comic book quality, the actual violence exceeded the war epic, The 300. Is it because the technology can do so many more things or just that we are immune -or addicted- to so much destruction and killing and harm? A reflection of real life? I don't think so!

I'm not judging anyone because I was the one who suggested that my wife and I see "Quantum of Solace," remembering how we had enjoyed James Bond movies of yesteryear. With James Bond as our control, current movies …

Tribute to a Friend

Thanks to Sr. Mary Dennison, the Founder and Director of the Spiritual Direction Institute at the Cenacle Retreat House in Houston.
Who, on the threshold of a sabbatical, has shared her wonderful gift of listening and empathy, of clarity and intellect to everyone she encountersWho, in welcoming and accepting others, frees their gifts for joyful service and love
Who first told me that my love of reading and study was not weird but a valid spiritual discipline and tool for prayer and growth
Whose dedication and joy in her ministry these many years is not only beautiful but smart and contagiousWhose Midwestern spunk, good humor, and patience always brings fresh air to the seriousness and judgment of our Bible belt religionWhose permission-giving, thought-provoking, and authority questioning gave me the freedom to rethink, discern, and repentWho tells the stories of saints and martyrs with reverence as well as friendliness
You have embodied in the classroom and beyond the ideals of my spiritu…