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.
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.
Shannon Muldoon, our PR coordinator, had the opportunity to be present at the red carpet premiere of Mom's Night Out starring Sarah Drew, Sean Astin and Patricia Heaton, and was able to speak to members of the cast about their work in the film.
Here's Shannon's recap:
The Archdiocese of Boston has released a joint letter from Metropolitan Methodios and Cardinal Seán on the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during Pope Francis's visit to the Holy Land.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Over the past 5-8 years a good number of family and faith based entertainment resources have been made available. I admit that I may have more access and awareness because of my role at CatholicTV, but all over there is a heightened appreciation for the revenue that Christian and family friendly media can generate. Christians seem to be a hungry audience!
We are hungry, but not desperate.
Our wonderful Public Coordinations Coordinator, Shannon Muldoon, will be moving on from CatholicTV at the end of this week. We both thought it would be a great idea if she could say goodbye to the CatholicTV family via our blog. Please keep Shannon in your prayers, and find her guest post below. -Helen
So with old age is wisdom,
and with length of days understanding.
While work is sometimes (often) a source of stress in our lives, where would we be without it? Work, while difficult, is part and parcel of human nature and serves human dignity. Work enables us to celebrate our gifts and talents from God and empowers us to participate in creation with God. Work is a human right, and those deprived of work are denied dignity and usually a decent livelihood. We know that Jesus worked as a carpenter, and that knowledge can elevate our work (whether physical or intellectual in nature) in our hearts and minds.
Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
How does one become a Saint? Well, repentance is step one, of course, followed by faith in Jesus Christ, frequent participation in the Sacraments, and practice of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. But the many lists of 7 that the Church offers us to help on our path to Sainthood can be daunting, especially if we don't understand how to implement what they call for on a daily, human level. So why don't we take a small step back, and examine a few ways we can reshape our day-to-day practices by looking at the lives of the Saints.