Thou Shalt Watch Twisted Heroes: Discernment in Media Consumption (With Recommended Movie list), by Stacey Sumereau

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Family watching television, c. 1958. National Archives and Records Administration. Evert F. Baumgardner. Images of American Political History. Posting online by Dr. William J. Ball. All images are believed to be in the public domain.

By Stacey Sumereau, Catholic Exchange, March 22, 2023

Stacey Sumereau’s unique journey spans performing in Broadway National Tours of The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast, to discerning religious life on Reality TV in The Sisterhood, Becoming Nuns (Lifetime 2014), to marriage and motherhood.  ….

Avatar photoYou get invited to a movie night. Exciting! When you arrive, you’re discouraged to discover all the options the group wants are… well, let’s just say your cheeks would be burning if you watched them with your parish priest. How do you discern your boundaries for media consumption?

My husband was in this exact situation in middle school. He called his mom and asked her to take him home. I hope my kids have that strength of character too someday. Ideally our standards should not stop at Thou Shalt Not Watch X-Rated Films, but go further to seek material that nourishes and inspires our souls, as well as entertaining us. Every show or movie is an investment of our time, so we should strive to make a wise investment. To that end, I’ll use St. Paul’s words in Philippians 4:8-9 as inspiration: …