The TV: A Perpetual Source of Mortal Sin . . .

And Teacher of Pernicious Liberal Attitudes

By Fr. Charles Nwora Okeke:

Home blessing/spiritual cleansing: A priest does a spiritual cleansing of the home, sprinkles holy water and blesses the home. It smells clean and fresh; the air is light. Then he leaves and we turn on the TV, that perpetual source of the mortal sin of lust and a teacher of pernicious liberal attitudes. Then the air once again feels heavy and is fouled; the anxiety and incessant anger return together with sleeplessness. If only we could set those multiple TV’s we have at home perpetually at EWTN channel, then our homes would be cleansed automatically, and we need not trouble the priest frequently for a home blessing.

“If only we could set those multiple TV’s we have at home perpetually at EWTN channel, then our homes would be cleansed automatically and we need not trouble the priest frequently for a home blessing.”

Slight editing.

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5 comments to The TV: A Perpetual Source of Mortal Sin . . .

  • Patti Champion

    *less family time in front of tv and more family time in prayer

  • Patti Champion

    How blessed your family is…to have both parents on board with understanding what a negative influence tv can be. I wonder what our world would be like if less family time would be spent away from the tv and more in prayer?

  • Lynn Forrester

    Our eyes are a path to the soul. When I read the above article, and reflect, I realize that ever since the TV, Movies, anything of media visual is available, which is 24/7 it seems, the soul cannot remain pure, clean, without a grey cloud looming to become darker. If what we see creates the desires that go against the grain of what God would prefer us to see, well then, the soul begins to look dingy and depending on what we absorb, the soul can become pretty dark.

  • Mariann

    Fr. Charles is spot on! So funny seeing people’s facebook comments defending watching the cesspool called television. Here is the advice given to me 27 years ago. TURN OFF THE TELEVISION FOR TWO or THREE weeks. Don’t go to the theatre, and turn off the radio. Then, after 2-3 weeks have gone by, turn it on…a complete cesspool will be glaring back at you.

    We have a tv…rarely watched for a sports show here or there or a weather forecast–we have rabbit ears for our antenna. In the evening, we pop in a dvd (if we think it requires cleaning up, we turn on clear play). Freedom pure and simple! Our children have grown up loving reading aloud or individually (one is reading Hilaire Belloc and the other Augustine of Hippo for leisure)…the other 2 have autism.

    The man who gave me the advice to turn off the television…I married him 25 years ago, and I am so grateful to God for him and our 4 blessings.

    Great job Fr. Charles!

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