“Watching a movie is an act of contemplation… a film becomes an instrument for dialogue with God… in a movie we are shown particular representations of life that draw us beyond our immediate conscious concerns… we move from the superficial analysis to utilitarian agenda (eg. gleaning a moral story) to deep personal engagement.” (Finding God in the Dark, Pungente & Williams)
“Movies are parables of our culture. Movies are made up of “moment” – earthly stories that sometimes have heavenly meanings. Can we discern G|od’s voice in the modern parables of film? yes, it is there, sometime loud and clear, sometimes barely a whisper, sometime even despite the firm maker’s intent.” (Refections on the Movies, Ken Gire)
We go to the movies for a variety of reasons – entertainment, information, distratcion, or simply, to catch a glimpse of our favorite star in action. Consider this – if we are willing, a movie can be a place where God can interact with us and reveal something deep withing us. Some of the questions we are when watching a movie are : Were in the film were you especially moved? What is life-giving? What is not life-giving? What made you feel alive? Allow them to be an entry into prayer; have a conversation with God about what move you – a memory, an association, a question.
As part of its retreat ministry, ICM presents this movie retreat with the firm ” The Devil Wears Prada”, hosted by Wesley Methodist Church, Klang. You are invited to experience how watching and reflecting on movies can be a means of spiritual formation. There will be time for personal reflection, prayer and small group discussion. This movie retreat will be directed and facilitated by Dr Lilian Koh and Mr. Cheong Seng Gee, fellow ICM partners in formation ministry.
Verse of the Day
““‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”
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