My family watched "Joshua" last night. What a wonderful message!! I read the books of Fr. Girzone and felt that they were nice stories with a message, but wasn't very excited about them. I read 3 of the "Joshua" books and lent them to someone...don't remember who now. hmmmmm
Anyway, as we were watching it, our 12 year old began to see the relationship of the story to Christ's life and both of them were glued until the end. I actually looked over at my knight-in-shining-armour and he was glued too! What a message, what timing for us to have netflixed it.
The main message is this: Modern man has lost their sense of community. We have lost our sense of service to each other and have delved deeper into ourselves and become self-involved to the point that we no longer love our brothers, whoever they may be.
The ending has Joshua having an audience with the pope and telling him under no uncertain terms that he must send the message that God is love and that people have become unable to love. He said, "Tell them about me, tell them that I love them." It actually was a very gripping moment in the movie.
During this season of Advent, we need to slow down this runaway train called commercialism. We are the examples for our next generation. I heard about customers' actions during the "Black Friday" shopping nightmare, they were BAD examples of neighborly love and kindness. Our society has lost it's perspective on the real meaning of life. The local TV station interviewed dozens of people who left their families at home to camp out at retail stores on Thanksgiving evening in order to get a "good" deal on stuff. Stuff that will have no impact on our lives a few months down the year. People have purchased their Christmas trees and decorated their homes for Christmas the day before Thanksgiving around here.....what happened to autumn? Thanksgiving?
Who's running this society anyway?