Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Glamor

The Pope has recently said that rejecting the glamor of Satan is rejecting the culture where the truth no longer matters.

In the promises of Baptism, we reject Satan and all his empty promises and the glamor of evil and sin. I'm not sure if that exact phrase is used, but the idea is common in Christian teaching, one way or the other.

The thing is: think about the common big sins, the ones so often featured in the media. (Don't think too explicitly or you'll get yourself in trouble!)

Now try this: you're caught unexpectedly doing one of those sinful things by a professional photographer, probably with a flash in a darkened room. How does that feel?

And now this: you're caught unexpectedly by a professional photographer bathing the sores of a elderly homeless woman in a home run by the Sisters of Charity. Or tutoring a disabled child in a wall-less classroom in Uganda. Or doling out rice and beans to an interminable line of refugees in Haiti. Or mentoring a young inmate in a prison. How does this feel?

None of these seems "glamorous" off the top of my head, but I'd far rather be caught by a photographer in the second group of situations.

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