One of our communal enterprises this past year has been the making of a series of twelve short films on the MH apostolate, its various works and aspects of our community life. We hired a film company to come in and work with us on this, and the results are now up on YouTube, as well as the company's own website.
I think they did a great job, personally, and the videos are an excellent way to present MH in the short attention span internet age, so I'm going to host them on this blog, one per week, for the next little while. This first one is a broad overview introduction to our life here in Combermere. Here is the video, after which I highlight some of the things that struck me about it:
“She looked around and said, ‘This place will teach me how to love God.’”
“We have a challenging lifestyle here… We have a smaller life than some people… but when people come here, they find a place that welcomes them, lets them be themselves.”
“There’s a moment where they start to encounter God in a way they didn’t before, and everything else can fall away, and all we do is try to get out of the way.”
“You walk into a place like this, all these men and women, priests, and they’re trying to love one another, and it’s safer than most places… safe enough to let down your guard, eventually, to reveal your heart, eventually.”
“It’s a very fruitful life.”
“People come here and say, this is paradise… they mean it’s a place of love and peace that is not common in our world. So I found out in live in paradise!”
I like these quotes; taken together, they do give something of the essence of the place. We are here to love God; we are here to love one another. By loving one another we create a place where people can come and encounter God, which is entirely His doing. Our life has its challenging and sacrificial aspects, but it is ultimately very beautiful, very joyful, very peaceful--paradise!
So, I hope you enjoy the show, and that these videos will help get the word out there a bit. One thing we here in Combermere have become aware of over the last years, and it makes us all a bit amused or bemused, is that MH has gotten this reputation among the young Catholic crowd as this horrible hard place, like a spiritual boot camp or something. And they avoid coming here as a result, which is too bad.
Really, being a guest at MH has got its tough elements (although they are really very little compared to the stresses and strains of being a parent or many other heavily responsible positions), but our life is really so beautiful and often quite healing and transformative for people.
So, every Thursday or so, it will be movie time on this blog. Pop your popcorn and see what there is to see.