A new view

I have from time to time written about putting on a pair of “resurrection glasses”, (e.g., here), about trying to see people as God intends them to be in heaven.

Here is a variation on this theme which I picked up from my friend Patrick Madrid.  A nice midday aid for an examination of conscience.


BTW… don’t think I meant to restrict the point of our examination of conscience only to the guy who had been biting his tongue.  There are other people in the filmette as well.

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  1. benedetta says:

    Great video!

  2. mamajen says:

    I have been humbled so many times when I have jumped to conclusions about somebody only to find out I didn’t even remotely know the whole story. I’ve been hurt when I’ve realized that people have drawn incorrect conclusions about me. And yet, I find myself doing it again and again. This is one of my chief struggles. Thank you for the reminder, Father Z.

  3. dep says:

    Wow. You should note that it’s not appropriate for work unless you want co-workers to ask why you’re teared up. Of course, then you might explain. And then they’d watch it.

    So no, maybe that notation isn’t required.

  4. Supertradmum says:

    One can ask for this gift. But, one has to be honest with one’s self as well to see the pain of others. It is called self-less-ness, or dying to self. Another name is humility…that one is not the center of one’s world and that others have needs to be met as well as one’s own….This is why God had to die for us. A human could not have taken on all the pains and sins of the world. Thank you, Jesus.

  5. MyBrokenFiat says:

    Will… not… cry…


    Wonderful video. Thanks for the reminder. <3

  6. Still it would have been cool, if just one of the captions the glasses displayed were, ‘ok, this guy really IS an a&&^%#e!

  7. DisturbedMary says:

    There ought to be a resurrection glasses vending machine in every subway station.

  8. Joseph-Mary says:

    I liked it. We never know the situation of others. Treat everyone with love as Our Lord and Our Lady would do. I can make a difference in someone’s day.

  9. Centristian says:

    Somebody followed me around today with a camera and then posted it to YouTube??? Why you son of a…

    “Follows self-centered jerks around to learn how not to be one.”

    Curses! I hate these new glasses!

  10. NoTambourines says:

    In psychology, this is the “fundamental attribution error.” We’re likelier to blame our own slights against people on our circumstances (bad day, in a hurry, hungry, tired), and those of others on their nature.

    Until the guy in the video put the glasses on, he thought all those people were just jerks, while his foul mood was due to all those things and people he had to put up with — circumstances. Up until he put the glasses on, maybe the other people thought he was just a moody jerk, too. The fundamental attribution error can be a 2-way street.

  11. oldCatholigirl says:

    Thanks for the heads-up. When I replaced my refrigerator, I cleared off the old one. Time to put this back up: “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.”
    (Quicker to refer to than a video–and the same sorely needed reminder.)
    I like “resurrection glasses” too. Wish I didn’t need constant reminders, but I do.

  12. gviele says:

    An excellent video. Needed in today’ s world.

  13. New Sister says:

    That is very beautiful and much needed; thank you, Father.

    I highly recommend the “Father Faber and Cardinal Newman Lenten Reading Plan” (which I learned of via this blog years ago) on Kindess. http://www.lovethechurch.com/lent/

  14. New Sister says:

    P.S. I’m thinking of my terrible impatience (which, St Catherine of Sienna says is linked to pride) and using the”glasses subtitles” to soften my heart and prepare me for Confession, but I can’t think of any subtitles that sway me from my great irritation against people with Obama stickers on their car… any suggestions?

  15. jflare says:

    “…but I can’t think of any subtitles that sway me from my great irritation against people with Obama stickers on their car… any suggestions?”

    “Needs a lobotomy!” comes to mind!
    OK, OK, that’s mean, I know. Perhaps quickly reciting a string of Our Father, Hail Mary, and a Glory Be would help?
    On a fairly serious note, I’ve found that when dealing with most people on political matters, you more or less need to simply offer a thought or two, but then keep your mouth shut for the most part. Any occasion that I’ve attempted to demonstrate to someone how they haven’t thought through a concern quite the way they ought, I’ve almost always received an onslaught regarding why MY ideas make no sense.
    I find I must simply pray much more.

    Sadly, I find I’m not that great with that last part….

  16. New Sister says:

    Jflare — thanks for the laugh! :-) JMJ

  17. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Good one Father, thanks.

    In today’s environment it is easier than ever to forget that our purpose in life is to serve others – I need the constant reminder.

    There used to be a custom, when parting company or signing a letter, of saying “your servant” or “at your service” or something to that effect. Apparently, the understanding of our humble debt to all used to be common knowledge. Its always news to me, it seems.

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