Media Center’s Pick of the Week

Here’s a small confession. My attention wandered to my e-mail as I watched this week’s feature. I heard the question: “How can we be really conscious, when we’re conscious of too many things? Busted!  In “Creating Sabbath Space in Our Lives,” Fr. Ron Rolheiser asserts that “we are the most communicative, most efficient people who have ever lived and also the most tired and distracted people who have ever lived.” This 2-disk set offers an entire 5-session retreat on one DVD and the facilitator’s guides and participants’ hand-outs on a CD-ROM. Each session has two, 30 minute, segments. So, gather your small group and schedule your summer retreat now!

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Here’s a small confession. My attention wandered to my e-mail as I watched this week’s feature. I heard the question: “How can we be really conscious, when we’re conscious of too many things? Busted!  In “Creating Sabbath Space in Our Lives,” Fr. Ron Rolheiser asserts that “we are the most communicative, most efficient people who have ever lived and also the most tired and distracted people who have ever lived.” This 2-disk set offers an entire 5-session retreat on one DVD and the facilitator’s guides and participants’ hand-outs on a CD-ROM. Each session has two, 30 minute, segments. So, gather your small group and schedule your summer retreat now! For those familiar with his work, I can’t praise this spiritual guide enough. I mean: this is the priest who wrote The Holy Longing! As an introvert, I thought I understood the Sabbath. All the silence and reflection comes naturally. Fr. Rolheiser broke through my smugness as he described the Sabbath as un-ordinary time. “Do what you usually don’t do.”  Sabbath nurtures the sacred balance of solitude and community. Being alone invites depth but the solitary person without community can become weird. Community cultivates sanity but too much externality ends in shallowness. I was particularly surprised by his observation that the scriptural injunction to observe the Sabbath is the only one of the Big 10 to begin with: “Remember” and the only one routinely dismissed as a life-style choice. We don’t view the injunctions against murder and adultery as optional but observance of the Sabbath has lost relevance in our frenetic culture. Our Lord calls us to a deep remembering of our personhood in the command: Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day. Order this DVD/CD-ROM set and search for other titles by Fr. Ron Rolheiser with the key word: rolheiser @ click here or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).