My friend Patty had a different reaction to the movie than did I. I found myself analyzing it like a college assignment for Political Science. Patty saw it with a "I'm a regular gal and here is what I think" mindset. I believe her thoughts are worth reading.
Lots of people think I live too much in my head. They are probably right. I do live in my head and I often have to remind myself that most of the world sees things with a different, more emotional lense. I used to be that way, and I can certainly be goaded into thinking that way if someone is really determined to get an emotional reaction out of me. However, I try to walk a different path today simply because my emotions get me into trouble.
I save my emotional reactions for The Niners, Disney movies and Action Films. Oh, and old romantic comedies and anything with John Cusak or Keanu Reeves in it.
Seriously (as if someone like me has any other way to be, right?), my reactions to things have never EVER been in sync with anyone around me. People assume so much about how I feel or what my opinion will be and then they are shocked when I find their attitudes to a conservative thinker being stupid is insulting or their pronouncement that so-and-so should be excommunicated is outrageous. The other day, someone who considers themselves more Catholic than the Pope was SHOCKED when he was told that the Church does have a social teaching on War and it is in the Catechism - and if he wants to argue its application, then fine but if he rejects it as 'none of the Church's business' then he is as much of a non-Catholic as Joe Biden for rejecting the teaching on Abortion.
And, I reminded him, Joe Biden is honoring his Bishop's directive and not receiving The Eucharist.
Look, Jim Blackburn said it best yesterday. The Catholic Church has been around for 2 thousand years. The US has been around for 236. At any given time the political platforms of one of the main political parties is going to line up better with Truth than its rival. It is up to us, as members of the Body of Christ who use Faith AND Reason, to discern which party or candidate lines up the closest and make our choices. We do not have the right to villify each other or to call a Cardinal horrible names or be, generally, idiotic in our approach to the world.
I mean, we CAN do all of that but we do not have a RIGHT to do it.
When I was a kid, we were taught that there is a definite difference between what we can (are able) to do, what we have a right to do as citizens of the United States and what we SHOULD do as good Catholics. I think it is time we all take a deep breath and re-read the Catechism. Then, maybe, we can start doing our examinations of conscience again every night. We can go over our day and, with a calm and loving heart, review what we did and see where we went wrong and where we went right.
Then we give it to The Holy Trinity, through the Hands of Our Lady, and stop being such bullies and brats.