Under	
  the	
  Influence:	
  	
  
Breathing	
  Life	
  and	
  Spirit	
  in/to	
  	
  
a	
  Mediated	
  World	
  
Rose	
  P...
Our	
  response	
  
in	
  a	
  noisy	
  mediated	
  world	
  of	
  stories	
  
•  The	
  demands	
  that	
  are	
  made	
 ...
What’s	
  your	
  story?	
  
Silence	
  &	
  the	
  Word	
  
A	
  forgo>en	
  aspect	
  of	
  communicaNon?	
  
RelaNonship	
  between	
  silence	
  and	
  the	
  
Word	
  
•  Alternate	
  and	
  balance	
  
•  Integrate	
  one	
  wit...
CommunicaNon	
  	
  
breaks	
  down	
  when	
  
•  Word	
  &	
  silence	
  become	
  mutually	
  exclusive	
  
•  Giving	
...
CommunicaNon	
  acquires	
  value	
  	
  
and	
  meaning	
  when	
  
The	
  Word	
  and	
  silence	
  compliment	
  	
  
o...
Silence	
  is	
  an	
  integral	
  part	
  of	
  human	
  existence	
  

When	
  absent	
  	
  
Words	
  	
  rich	
  in	
 ...
The	
  word	
  is	
  all	
  around	
  us	
  
Who	
  is	
  my	
  digital	
  neighbor?	
  

•  Today	
  we	
  are	
  living	
  in	
  a	
  world	
  which	
  is	
  growing...
•  We	
  have	
  become	
  so	
  accustomed	
  to	
  these	
  things	
  that	
  they	
  no	
  
longer	
  unse>le	
  us.	
 ...
Voices	
  from	
  the	
  culture	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 

	
  

Movies	
  about	
  breathing,	
  taking	
  a	
  breath	
  
Listeni...
From	
  silence	
  arises	
  jusNce	
  
The	
  word	
  is	
  all	
  around	
  us	
  
the	
  word	
  is	
  us	
  
Personal	
  
silence	
  
In	
  silence	
  
We	
  can	
  listen	
  and	
  understand	
  ourselves	
  
In	
  silence	
  
Ideas	
  are	
  born	
  and	
  deepen	
  
In	
  Silence	
  
We	
  gain	
  clarity	
  and	
  understanding	
  of	
  	
  
–  What	
  we	
  want	
  to	
  say	
  
–  Wh...
In	
  silence	
  
We	
  allow	
  others	
  to	
  speak	
  
In	
  silence	
  
We	
  avoid	
  being	
  Ned	
  to	
  our	
  own	
  	
  
untested	
  	
  
point	
  of	
  view	
  
In	
  silence	
  
Space	
  is	
  created	
  for	
  mutual	
  listening	
  and	
  
deeper	
  human	
  relaNonships	
  
In	
  silence	
  we	
  observe	
  authenNc	
  
communicaNon	
  
Facial	
  expressions	
  and	
  body	
  language	
  are	
 ...
Silence	
  is	
  a	
  powerful	
  mode	
  of	
  
expression	
  
All	
  human	
  living	
  is	
  communicated	
  
–  Joy	
 ...
Silence	
  gives	
  rise	
  to	
  acNve	
  
communicaNon	
  
	
  	
  That	
  requires	
  
–  SensiNvity	
  
–  A	
  capaci...
In	
  noise	
  
•  Silence	
  is	
  essenNal	
  for	
  discernment	
  
•  To	
  disNnguish	
  what	
  is	
  important	
  f...
In	
  silence	
  
Deeper	
  reflecNon	
  helps	
  us	
  discover	
  links	
  	
  
between	
  events	
  	
  
that	
  at	
  fi...
In	
  silence	
  
We	
  can	
  become	
  media	
  mindful	
  
	
  
• 	
  Evaluate	
  informaNon	
  
	
  
	
  
	
   • 	
  A...
The	
  media	
  mindful	
  person	
  
Then	
  shares	
  thoughaul	
  and	
  relevant	
  opinions	
  that	
  
give	
  rise	...
Create	
  your	
  own	
  media	
  
environment,	
  eco-­‐system	
  

A	
  balance	
  between	
  
–  Silence	
  
–  Words	
...
Benefits	
  of	
  authenNc	
  
communicaNon	
  
A	
  culture	
  of	
  encounter,	
  solidarity,	
  
good	
  
Search	
  engines	
  &	
  social	
  media	
  
StarNng	
  point	
  for	
  communicaNon	
  
Today	
  the	
  process	
  of	
  communicaNon	
  is	
  
fueled	
  by	
  the	
  search	
  for	
  answers	
  

• 
• 
• 
• 

...
People	
  are	
  bombarded	
  by	
  answers	
  to	
  
quesNons	
  	
  
they	
  have	
  not	
  asked	
  
	
  	
  	
  And	
 ...
Silence	
  is	
  precious	
  
•  So	
  we	
  can	
  focus	
  on	
  important	
  quesNons	
  
•  Exercise	
  discernment	
 ...
The	
  human	
  condiNon	
  sNll	
  seeks	
  
existenNal	
  meaning	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Who	
  am	
  I?	
  
Why	
  am	
  I...
In	
  silence	
  
•  We	
  affirm	
  those	
  who	
  ask	
  these	
  quesNons	
  
when	
  we	
  can	
  give	
  more	
  than	...
Constant	
  flow	
  of	
  quesNons	
  
•  Demonstrates	
  the	
  restlessness	
  of	
  the	
  
human	
  heart	
  
•  People...
We	
  all	
  yearn	
  and	
  search	
  for	
  truth	
  
But	
  we	
  cannot	
  rest	
  content	
  with	
  a	
  
superficial...
“When	
  people	
  exchange	
  
informaNon,	
  they	
  are	
  already	
  
sharing	
  themselves,	
  their	
  view	
  of	
 ...
CommunicaNon	
  is	
  a	
  human	
  
endeavor	
  not	
  technological	
  –	
  Pope	
  
Francis	
  
•  Who	
  is	
  my	
  d...
Pay	
  a>enNon	
  
Know	
  where	
  websites	
  and	
  	
  
social	
  network	
  sites	
  are	
  that	
  can	
  help	
  
	...
Create
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Provide	
  content	
  for	
  reflecNon	
  
Prayer	
  experiences	
  
MeditaNon	
  
Sharing	
  the	
 ...
Tweet	
  the	
  Word	
  
But	
  concise	
  phrases	
  sNll	
  need	
  the	
  context	
  of	
  
a	
  culNvated	
  inner	
  ...
World	
  religious	
  tradiNons:	
  
silence	
  is	
  a	
  privileged	
  state	
  
For	
  people	
  to	
  rediscover	
  se...
The	
  God	
  of	
  revelaNon	
  needs	
  no	
  
words	
  
In	
  darkness	
  God	
  speaks	
  in	
  silence	
  
Eloquent,	
  loving	
  silence	
  
wHat	
  we	
  can	
  discover	
  in	
  silence	
  
AuthenNc	
  communicaNon	
  =	
  taking	
  
responsibility	
  
•  Whenever	
  communicaNon	
  is	
  primarily	
  aimed	
  ...
•  The	
  Levite	
  and	
  the	
  priest	
  do	
  not	
  regard	
  him	
  as	
  a	
  neighbour,	
  
but	
  as	
  a	
  stra...
•  EffecNve	
  ChrisNan	
  witness	
  is	
  not	
  about	
  
bombarding	
  people	
  with	
  religious	
  messages,	
  	
  ...
 
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
Along	
  the	
  way	
  
•  Let	
  our	
  communicaNon	
  be	
  a	
  balm	
  which	
  relieves	
  pain	
  and	
  a	
  fine	
...
Breathe,	
  breathing,	
  empowering	
  
others	
  to	
  breathe	
  
Silent	
  contemplaNon	
  
• 
• 
• 
• 
• 

Immerses	
  us	
  in	
  the	
  grandeur	
  of	
  God	
  
And	
  the	
  source	
...
Silent	
  contemplaNon	
  
•  Leads	
  us	
  to	
  the	
  eternal	
  Word,	
  the	
  Creator	
  
of	
  the	
  world	
  
• ...
In	
  silence	
  we	
  learn	
  “to	
  communicate	
  that	
  
which	
  we	
  have	
  seen	
  and	
  heard”	
  	
  
(1	
  ...
This	
  mystery	
  impels	
  us	
  
	
  
to	
  become	
  heralds	
  of	
  hope	
  &	
  salvaNon	
  
and	
  witnesses	
  of...
Under the influence: breathing life and spirit in/to a mediated world
Under the influence: breathing life and spirit in/to a mediated world
Under the influence: breathing life and spirit in/to a mediated world
Under the influence: breathing life and spirit in/to a mediated world
Under the influence: breathing life and spirit in/to a mediated world
Under the influence: breathing life and spirit in/to a mediated world
Under the influence: breathing life and spirit in/to a mediated world
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The constant barrage of bad news in a 24 hour news cycle, coupled with opportunities for multi-platfrom entertainment 24/7 with its relentless gospel of consumerism, can be depressing and overwhelming. The demands this electronically mediated environment places on the human person, body and spirit, depending on age and circumstance, requires a response that is personal, social, and cultural. Sister Rose will lead us on a silence-prayer-conversation reflection on this reality using sight and sound samples from popular media to discover ways to breathe and grow joyfully while "under the influence." I gave this presentation at Loyola University, Baltimore, Feb. 28, 2014, faculty retreat, Education Department.

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Under the influence: breathing life and spirit in/to a mediated world

  1. 1. Under  the  Influence:     Breathing  Life  and  Spirit  in/to     a  Mediated  World   Rose  Paca>e,  MEd  Media  Studies   Pauline  Center  for  Media  Studies   Los  Angeles,  CA   PaulineCMS.com  
  2. 2. Our  response   in  a  noisy  mediated  world  of  stories   •  The  demands  that  are  made  on  the   human  person,  body,  mind,  spirit   •  Asks  of  us  personal,  social  and  cultural   responses  
  3. 3. What’s  your  story?  
  4. 4. Silence  &  the  Word   A  forgo>en  aspect  of  communicaNon?  
  5. 5. RelaNonship  between  silence  and  the   Word   •  Alternate  and  balance   •  Integrate  one  with  the  other   •  To  allow  authenNc  dialogue  and   achieve  deep  closeness   between  people  
  6. 6. CommunicaNon     breaks  down  when   •  Word  &  silence  become  mutually  exclusive   •  Giving  rise  to  confusion  and  coldness  
  7. 7. CommunicaNon  acquires  value     and  meaning  when   The  Word  and  silence  compliment     one  another  
  8. 8. Silence  is  an  integral  part  of  human  existence   When  absent     Words    rich  in  content     cannot  exist  
  9. 9. The  word  is  all  around  us  
  10. 10. Who  is  my  digital  neighbor?   •  Today  we  are  living  in  a  world  which  is  growing  ever   “smaller”  and  where,  as  a  result,  it  would  seem  to  be  easier   for  all  of  us  to  be  neighbors.     •  Though  closer  than  ever  deep  divisions  within  our  human   family.       •  On  the  global  level  we  see  a  scandalous  gap  between  the   opulence  of  the  wealthy  and  the  u>er  desNtuNon  of  the   poor.    
  11. 11. •  We  have  become  so  accustomed  to  these  things  that  they  no   longer  unse>le  us.     •  Our  world  suffers  from  many  forms  of  exclusion,   marginalizaNon  and  poverty,     •  To  say  nothing  of  conflicts  born  of  a  combinaNon  of   economic,  poliNcal,  ideological,  and,  sadly,  even  religious   moNves.  
  12. 12. Voices  from  the  culture   •  •  •  •    Movies  about  breathing,  taking  a  breath   Listening   Silence   And  someNmes  …  change  
  13. 13. From  silence  arises  jusNce  
  14. 14. The  word  is  all  around  us   the  word  is  us  
  15. 15. Personal   silence  
  16. 16. In  silence   We  can  listen  and  understand  ourselves  
  17. 17. In  silence   Ideas  are  born  and  deepen  
  18. 18. In  Silence   We  gain  clarity  and  understanding  of     –  What  we  want  to  say   –  What  we  expect  from  others   –  How  we  choose  to  express  ourselves  
  19. 19. In  silence   We  allow  others  to  speak  
  20. 20. In  silence   We  avoid  being  Ned  to  our  own     untested     point  of  view  
  21. 21. In  silence   Space  is  created  for  mutual  listening  and   deeper  human  relaNonships  
  22. 22. In  silence  we  observe  authenNc   communicaNon   Facial  expressions  and  body  language  are   how  people  reveal  themselves  to  one   another  in  love  (or  not)  
  23. 23. Silence  is  a  powerful  mode  of   expression   All  human  living  is  communicated   –  Joy   –  Anxiety   –  Suffering  
  24. 24. Silence  gives  rise  to  acNve   communicaNon      That  requires   –  SensiNvity   –  A  capacity  to  listen     These  manifest   •  The  true  nature  and  measure  of   relaNonships  
  25. 25. In  noise   •  Silence  is  essenNal  for  discernment   •  To  disNnguish  what  is  important  from   what  is  insignificant  or  secondary.  
  26. 26. In  silence   Deeper  reflecNon  helps  us  discover  links     between  events     that  at  first  seem  unrelated    
  27. 27. In  silence   We  can  become  media  mindful     •   Evaluate  informaNon         •   Analyze  messages    
  28. 28. The  media  mindful  person   Then  shares  thoughaul  and  relevant  opinions  that   give  rise  to  an  authenNc  body  of  shared  knowledge    
  29. 29. Create  your  own  media   environment,  eco-­‐system   A  balance  between   –  Silence   –  Words   –  Images   –  Sound  
  30. 30. Benefits  of  authenNc   communicaNon   A  culture  of  encounter,  solidarity,   good  
  31. 31. Search  engines  &  social  media   StarNng  point  for  communicaNon  
  32. 32. Today  the  process  of  communicaNon  is   fueled  by  the  search  for  answers   •  •  •  •  Advice   Ideas   InformaNon   Answers  
  33. 33. People  are  bombarded  by  answers  to   quesNons     they  have  not  asked        And  needs  they  did  not  know  they  had  
  34. 34. Silence  is  precious   •  So  we  can  focus  on  important  quesNons   •  Exercise  discernment   •  In  the  informaNon  surge  and   entertainment  sNmuli  in  which  we  live  
  35. 35. The  human  condiNon  sNll  seeks   existenNal  meaning   •  •  •  •  •  Who  am  I?   Why  am  I  here?   What  can  I  know?   What  am  I  to  do?   What  may  I  hope?  
  36. 36. In  silence   •  We  affirm  those  who  ask  these  quesNons   when  we  can  give  more  than  a  hasty   answer   •  We  then  open  the  possibility  for  profound   dialogue   •  We  call  them  to  silent  reflecNon     •  …  and  to  reach  into  the  depths  of  their   being  and  open  themselves  to  what  God   has  wri>en  on  their  hearts  
  37. 37. Constant  flow  of  quesNons   •  Demonstrates  the  restlessness  of  the   human  heart   •  People  constantly  searching  for  truths  of   lesser  or  greater  import   •  …  to  give  meaning  to  their  lives  
  38. 38. We  all  yearn  and  search  for  truth   But  we  cannot  rest  content  with  a   superficial    and  unquesNoning  exchange     of  skepNcal  opinions    and  experiences  of  life    
  39. 39. “When  people  exchange   informaNon,  they  are  already   sharing  themselves,  their  view  of   the  world,  their  hopes,  their  ideals”    
  40. 40. CommunicaNon  is  a  human   endeavor  not  technological  –  Pope   Francis   •  Who  is  my  digitl  neighbor?   •  The  parable  of  the  Good  Samaritan,  which  is  also  a  parable  about   communicaNon.       •  Those  who  communicate,  in  effect,  become  neighbors.       •  The  Good  Samaritan  not  only  draws  nearer  to  the  man  he  finds  half  dead   on  the  side  of  the  road;  he  takes  responsibility  for  him.       •  CommunicaNon  is  really  about  realizing  that  we  are  all  human  beings,   children  of  God.    I  like  seeing  this  power  of  communicaNon  as   “neighborliness”.  
  41. 41. Pay  a>enNon   Know  where  websites  and     social  network  sites  are  that  can  help    people  find  Nme  for  reflecNon  
  42. 42. Create •  •  •  •  •  Provide  content  for  reflecNon   Prayer  experiences   MeditaNon   Sharing  the  Word   Living  the  Word  
  43. 43. Tweet  the  Word   But  concise  phrases  sNll  need  the  context  of   a  culNvated  inner  life  
  44. 44. World  religious  tradiNons:   silence  is  a  privileged  state   For  people  to  rediscover  self  and  the  Truth  that  gives  meaning  to  all   things  
  45. 45. The  God  of  revelaNon  needs  no   words  
  46. 46. In  darkness  God  speaks  in  silence  
  47. 47. Eloquent,  loving  silence  
  48. 48. wHat  we  can  discover  in  silence  
  49. 49. AuthenNc  communicaNon  =  taking   responsibility   •  Whenever  communicaNon  is  primarily  aimed  at   promoNng  consumpNon  or  manipulaNng  others,  we   are  dealing  with  a  form  of  violent  aggression     •  like  that  suffered  by  the  man  in  the  parable,  who  was   beaten  by  robbers  and  leh  abandoned  on  the  road.    
  50. 50. •  The  Levite  and  the  priest  do  not  regard  him  as  a  neighbour,   but  as  a  stranger  to  be  kept  at  a  distance.       •  In  those  days,  it  was  rules  of  ritual  purity  which  condiNoned   their  response.       •  Nowadays  there  is  a  danger  that  certain  media  so  condiNon   our  responses  that  we  fail  to  see  our  real  neighbor.  
  51. 51. •  EffecNve  ChrisNan  witness  is  not  about   bombarding  people  with  religious  messages,     •  but  about  our  willingness  to  be  available  to   others  “by  paNently  and  respecaully  engaging   their  quesNons  and  their  doubts  as  they   advance  in  their  search  for  the  truth  and  the   meaning  of  human  existence”    
  52. 52.                    
  53. 53. Along  the  way   •  Let  our  communicaNon  be  a  balm  which  relieves  pain  and  a  fine  wine   which  gladdens  hearts.     •   May  the  light  we  bring  to  others  not  be  the  result  of  cosmeNcs  or  special   effects,  but  rather  of  our  being  loving  and  merciful  “neighbors”  to  those   wounded  and  leh  on  the  side  of  the  road.       •  Let  us  boldly  become  ciNzens  of  the  digital  world.     •   The  Church  needs  to  be  concerned  for,  and  present  in,  the  world  of   communicaNon,  in  order  to  dialogue  with  people  today  and  to  help  them   encounter  Christ.     •  The  Church  needs  to  be  a  Church  at  the  side  of  others,  capable  of       accompanying  everyone  along  the  way.  
  54. 54. Breathe,  breathing,  empowering   others  to  breathe  
  55. 55. Silent  contemplaNon   •  •  •  •  •  Immerses  us  in  the  grandeur  of  God   And  the  source  of  Love   Who  directs  us  to  our  neighbour   So  we  can  feel  their  suffering   And  as  a  response  offer  them     –  The  light  of  Christ   –  His  message  of  life   –  His  saving  gih  of  the  fullness  of  love  
  56. 56. Silent  contemplaNon   •  Leads  us  to  the  eternal  Word,  the  Creator   of  the  world   •  Who  becomes  more  present  to  us   •  Makes  us  aware  of  God’s  plan  being   accomplished  in  history  
  57. 57. In  silence  we  learn  “to  communicate  that   which  we  have  seen  and  heard”     (1  Jn:  1-­‐3)      
  58. 58. This  mystery  impels  us     to  become  heralds  of  hope  &  salvaNon   and  witnesses  of  that  love  which     promotes  human  dignity     and  builds  jusNce  and  peace  
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