Jurassic Park (1993) was one of the biggest blockbusters ever made… and it is still one of the best movies of all time. More than just an action movie, it instills awe and wonder in the viewer, reminding us what it means to have a true “fear of God.” Trust me when I say that it is even better than you remember.
I work in an elementary school. On a regular basis, I see encouraging posters and helpful teachers reminding students to “be kind to one another.” It’s a very good lesson for children who are developing their own identities and struggle to get along with one another. How important it is to share, to speak respectfully to one another, and to choose to be nice! It is a lesson that every child needs to remember each day.
But what about adults? The idea of kindness doesn’t rank as highly for us once we graduate to the “real world.” As adults, we value truth and justice much higher, often throwing kindness to the wayside to achieve it. Who cares about being kind when injustice is rampant. We need to get angry and speak truth to power!
And that’s certainly true. To some extent. But to what extent? After watching Ted Lasso last weekend, I’ve been reflecting on my approach to life and the role that kindness must still play in it. Even if you haven’t seen the show, I think that this is a message that everyone needs to hear.
Ted Lasso… is positive. Take Ned Flanders and make him the coach of a terrible soccer team in England. That’s Ted Lasso. He sees the good in everything and makes it his highest priority to make everyone’s life better.
The show might not be for everyone (really bad language) but it is an otherwise wholesome look at a man looking to kill the world with kindness while struggling with British culture.
The Wizard of Oz is one of the most iconic movies of all time. It has been referenced and reinterpreted countless times, making it an absolute classic. But returning to the original source material, what can we say its original purpose was? In this week’s episode of Everyday Liminality Fr. Tito and I discuss what could be beneath the surface.
Over the past few years, I’ve noticed something very disturbing about our world: we’re growing in despair. Everything seems to matter so much. Everything is treated like a life-or-death situation. Even the smallest things send people into catastrophic thinking that the end is near.
Folks. Have we forgotten God? Have we forgotten that He is in charge?
In this video, I simply want to remind everyone that no matter what happens, God is in control. We have free will and have been given the responsibility of being good stewards with God’s many gifts, but in the end, it isn’t up to us. We are not the saviors of the world.
This should be liberating. Give your trust to God, and live free.