Christ told us to beware of those who would try to destroy the soul. Isn't that what is happening with our incessant pursuit of trivial things that take us farther from Him and closer to His adversary? Which tabernacle are we drawn to? Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament or satan in the boob tube!?
In rolling the dice of worldly interests, aren't we gambling with our own souls and the welfare of our children, our brothers, and our sisters? We need to return to the values, to the discipline that Christ and His Church expect of us as reliable parents, as caretakers of souls.
In her twelfth installment, Cyndi Cain shares vignettes of her illumination of her soul and what she received in prayer. This week she is moved to remind us of our responsibility before God in sheltering ourselves and those we are responsible for from the trivial lairs of trivia pursuit, where these inane appetites for the absurd, the different, leave us hungry and thirsting for more. Where, in truth, we have all the nourishment we need if we just open our eyes, rein in our television habits and focus on what's truly important in our lives - God and those he has placed under our care. We are reminded of Christ's words in Matthew 18, regarding scandal. Our Lord says "woe to the man through whom scandal does come!" (Matthew 18: 7). Note, this doesn't just mean the one who causes the scandal but also those who permit it, who condone it by their silence. For her column, Why do we pursue the trivial things? , see SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING.