Once we start reflecting on the new technology and its meaning in our world the search for our soul in it begins. It is for this reason that I also blog about communication's spirituality. A media spirituality does exist and can be found within the Pauline charism (http://communicationspirituality.blogspot.com/).Connected here are blogs of Paulines who specifically and consitantly reflect on the media, communication, and media literacy.
Here are some other sites that can give pause for reflection on the social media and media in general:
Teach Media Literacy Last month, The Atlantic Magazine published a special report calling for the "pressing need" to teach media literacy in the schools. Readers commented, deepening the debate surrounding media literacy education. To read the full article and comments [click here]
Media Literacy and the Common Core Last month the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) debuted the Common Core Standards for what American school children should learn. But to what extent is media literacy included? [learn more][download the standards]
This summer I will also meet with local Pauline Cooperators, prepare for the September retreat with Sr Sharon, Sr Mary Lea, Sr Susan John and Sr Sophie, ready the Pilgrimage to Italy in October, continue updating the Pauline Lay Formation Program, publish the Cooperator Magazine (10th year - second issue), attend events with my sisters in Christ, meet with Rae and Marie regarding their project in Delaware, possibly! visit the NJ, NY, PA Cooperator groups (I hope!) and get ready for the Fall semester at School of Theology and Ministry. On the local level we may begin film nights (as per my paper for Richard Rohr's course - see previous blog), hold a Social Media Workshop for Archdiocesan Catechists (planned for November), and work with the Catechist mentor program for media literacy, exhibits and mentoring.
Sr Margaret Joseph is in Texas with Sr Rose presenting Media Literacy and Social Media Workshops. She called me yesterday and hopes to revive the Pauline Parish Media Centers. We may look into this again and renew the program or offer the Pauline charismatic expression of Parish Media Centers and pastoral presence.
That is it for now. Prayerfully present to you before the tabernacle,
Sr Margaret (for Richard Rohr, OFM summer course at Boston College)
In this course I am finding out that our heart seeks kenosis even as we try to avoid suffering and awakening to a full life in Christ. It is easier to give small gifts to false gods through the day keeping "them" placated. Full worship of God in Spirit and Truth is challenging. The reason is that we can't pull it off, we can't turn on the faucet of grace. Grace flows freely. We can't control it. False-gods at least give me something back when I perform certain tasks, even if "they" are never placated and always want more. My heart seeks falling fearlessly into a great love. At the heart of Jesus wisdom teaching is that losing our life saves our life. This losing is an act of surrender - not something to do. The journey to transformation is our baptismal gift -"It is no longer I who live, Christ lives in me" (Gal. 2:20).
Even if we can't really "make" contemplation and transformation happen - is there a way to jump start our surrender? Centering Prayer and Contemplative practice witness to surrender. In my paper (since I am a Pauline this is a media-take on the Benedictine prayer from) I propose that Cinema Divina (from Lectio Divina) may help us awaken the eyes of our heart. Coming together to read scripture, to mediate and contemplate - to then re-reading this scripture through contemporary films (incarnating the Word in contemporary human situations) followed by prayerful sharing - may lead us into a deeper contemplative experience and surrender.
Cinema Divina can also become an invitaion to integrate parts of our contempoary life that don't seem to mix, technology and spirituality - like oil and water. Blessed Alberione reminds us that the natural becomes supernatural through consecration: “Water (and oil) for baptism must be natural and, as much as possible, pure and readied with a special blessing: and it serves as matter for producing supernatural effects."
SEARCHING FOR PEACE
Fri. Jul.16th-Sun.Jul.18th, 2010
View and discuss four dramatic films to mine human and spiritual insights on the theme of peace.Suitable for anyone who loves movies.
- The Lives of Others
- Marvin’s Room
- King of Hearts
- Frank Frost, Frank Frost Productions
- Fr. Greg Freidman, OFM, St. Anthony Messenger
- Sr. Hosea Rupprecht, FSP, Pauline Center for Media Studies
Includes room & board
To register contact:
GRAYMOORSpiritual Life Center
1320 Route 9, Garrison, NY 10524