Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The 13th Station, The Hurt Locker and Drone Warfare

At the 13th Station on the Way of the Cross we read: "The sorrowful Mary receives her son into her arms, after he was taken down from the cross. Mary contemplates in his wounds the horrible work of our sins and Jesus' infinite love for us."  Academy Award winning The Hurt Locker was a though provoking movie that brought up the question of the effects of war- visible wounds of our sin. In her article Flying Blind about the use of drones (America Magazine) Mary Ellen O'Connell reflects on a "chair force" war carried on with drones by soldiers 8,000 miles away from the battle front. In actuality those who run these virtual battle stations are closer to the war, and the real people effected by the war, then they have ever been. Do we understand the stresses of war and the impact of its effects? Hurt Locker reminded us that we don't. Technology can be used to save life, to enhance life or to kill from a distance. As this article reminds us we cannot justify the killing of unintended targets by distancing ourselves from the combat. The movie Hurt Locker (the making of this film was a great use of technology) also reminds us of the drug war can become and the variety of damages it inflicts on everyone involved. As Paulines we pray for media, technicians, producers, directors...We can also pray for the use of modern technology which employs cameras and computers in some unjustified ways. http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=12179

Prayer from Blessed James Alberione: 
You created everything for us, as we are for Christ.
May these inventions, too, sing of your glory
as Creator and Savior.
Lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the danger
of misusing these gifts you have given us.
Lead those responsible to work with charity
and respect for human dignity. Amen.

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