Getting Real

I have this idea.  It’s been percolating around my brain for about two years now.  It must be good idea, because it’s a bit intimidating (“Are You sure, God?”) but it won’t go away (“Yes, I AM sure.”).  So today I am going to propose it to you, dear friends, and see what happens next.

I want St. Anastasia to sponsor a week-long “Unplug/Reconnect” program. The point of the week would be to encourage people in our community to turn off their electronic devices and look into each other’s eyes instead — to break away from immersing ourselves in the media’s version of reality so that we can celebrate the truth God plants in our own hearts.  To recognize that, as Pope Benedict XVI puts it, “Life only becomes real life when it receives its form from looking toward God.”

Everyone would be welcome.  We could have people sign pledges, wear T-shirts, and join in on communal activities. Perhaps each day could focus on a different way to connect with what’s truly important.  We could put on events each evening – perhaps a fun one, a service one, an educational one, a worship one, a feast one, or others. (Ooh – What’s your idea?) We could link up with other houses of worship, schools, the community center/library, and local businesses. Maybe the whole week could even earn money to support the Canticle Cafe – which is in serious financial distress – or some other cause.

This could be a week that can make a real difference, in thousands of ways.

We’ll need planners, callers, sponsors, printers, party-throwers, decorators, speakers, and more. We’ll need fund-finders, food-makers, cleaners, greeters, promoters, shoppers… and more. We’ll need you.

The first “Unplug/Reconnect” will probably take about a year to plan. Please call or email me to let me know how you can be involved.

Let’s enable our whole community to peel our eyes away from the fleeting charms of our flat screens long enough to experience the deep, real joy of following St. Paul’s timely advice: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).

I’ll be waiting to hear from you. Really.

Marian Bart

248-689-8380 ext. 108