Journey of Transformation and Myth

 I am working on a paper for class that reflects our journey of transformation. If you have read The Book Thief you may recall this memorable line: there "is an itch in our hearts that lets us know something is amiss and may we not ignore it fearful of what it may reveal." Benedict XVI wrote that we may have conquered the ancient dragons that express discomforting realities, but new myths arise. This is because we have the persistence "itch" and inner inquietude. Story and myth help us explore this inquietude in a safe place. Tolkien has Sam ask Frodo "what can of a story are we in?" Recent films, like Avatar, reveal a hunger for community, meaning and compassion. Here is a review of Star Wars by a three year old that reminds us of the power of stories and our own call to continue the journey of exploration as heroes who go out of themselves toward others. Our love becomes passion when it is united to the life, passion and death of Jesus - so that as we die with him we may rise with him. We also started young - at our baptism into new life.

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