Weapons of Mass Distraction

At the dawn of the new century
our spiritual lives are threatened
by countless weapons of mass distractions,
such as: mass media, cell phones, the internet,
near-constant noise and obsessive consumerism.
So much of modern life
drives us from what is
most true and essential.
The way to disarm these deadly weapons
is simple:
prayer, fasting and concern for those in need.

The intensity of TV and movie action and violence
creates within us an artificial poverty of experience,
making our everyday “real” lives
seem pallid and insignificant,
requiring artificial stimulation and addiction
in order to endure it.
The actual poverty of life
reveals our need for
the kind of abundant life
promised by Jesus.
It recently dawned on me
that my spiritual life has grown more steadily
as my movie viewing declined.

Life without solitude is a life out of balance.
We need to do more than squeeze moments of solitude
out of our increasingly frenetic days.
Patches of seclusion soothe the soul.


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