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Last week I talked about the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James). I’ve been reading the book To The Field of Stars by Father Kevin Codd and last Friday night watched the movie The Way. Both are about the Camino though neither is related to the other. Having watched the movie I’ll say this: watch it. I highly recommend it. I plan to watch it again tonight after I return from The Stations of the Cross service at our parish. I also recommend Fr. Codd’s book. I could quote from it for days and days. What I’ve come to see from both sources is that within the camino is a smaller version of our lives. We begin our journey alone, some of us seeking that alone time and getting annoyed by the intrusion of others on our walk. But we learn to love them and look for them along our way. But just as suddenly as they appeared in our lives they are gone. During the trek across northern Spain they could drop out due to fatigue, fall behind (or forge ahead) at a different pace, or certainly say goodbye once the journey is over. In the end we do need our time alone, but a lesson Codd learns along his walk is that it is not a journey one can make alone. It required community. Martin Sheen’s character learns the same lesson in The Way. We are alone, but we truly are all in this together.
Before I turn 50 I am going to walk the Camino de Santiago.
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I heard about the latest meme on YouTube being something called “Am I Ugly?”, whereby people submit photos or videos of themselves and ask the question while inviting others to respond. Now, the ugliest people by far on this planet are those who troll the comment boxes on YouTube, people who’d never dare submit themselves to this type of judgment to orcs like themselves. So what on earth is driving kids to do this type of thing? As the father of a young daughter I cringe whenever I see the unrealistic portrayal of women in the magazines at store checkout lines or on commercials.
We live in a country where people scream at the top of their lungs “Don’t judge me!” when someone offers a dissenting opinion on their choice of grievance politics. Judging someone’s morals is verboten. Yet these kids are asking others to judge their appearance.
As this video shows what is marketed as “real beauty” isn’t real nor is it possible without the use of an army of makeup artists, selective use of lighting by photographers and masters of PhotoShop. Show this short clip to your daughters (and your sons) to drive home the point.
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The book trailer video so scandalous that it was pulled by YouTube may be viewed here instead.
I don’t know why. I don’t understand why. I don’t see any vulgar language. I don’t see any violence. I don’t see any nudity. I don’t see any racial slurs. I just don’t get it. I’m probably missing something. Oh wait! It’s a book written by Catholic women who dispel the myths that they are all running around subservient to men while barefoot and pregnant, or something. By all means ban the video and BURN THE BOOK TOO!! While you’re at it burn this one too.
Yes, that is sarcasm. Exasperated sarcasm. The world hates beauty.
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True beauty displayed in the interaction of two different generations:
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If we are going to talk about the complete antithesis of beauty, and of an ugliness so black and void that we are creating an entirely new language in order to hide its darkness, we have to consider this: