TV media can produce “wave of grace”
A woman who had been an agnostic said she was converted through a “wave of grace” while watching the funeral of Pope John Paul II years ago on EWTN. That was the testimony of Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, a teacher who has worked at the Vatican Press Office. Dr. Mitchell met the woman at St. Peter’s in Rome, and the story shows how great an impact the media has in bringing holiness right to our living rooms.
Modern media present a tremendous opportunity to spread the Gospel, Dr. Mitchell said April 10 at the Institute on Religious Life’s annual meeting in Mundelein, IL. Good art, music and literature are all important, since beauty has a way of evangelizing, she said.
Dr. Mitchell, who has a doctorate in social communications from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, said that modern media has a way of reaching through barriers. “If the public square shuts Christ down, the mass media can reach his home within his four walls,” she emphasized.
When asked a question after her talk about religious communities, she said that people like to see the life of prayer of these groups.
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