My fellow writer, John Herreid, posted recently about the importance of stories in family life. John’s article has many helpful resources to help you find appropriate literature and movies for kids. Stories with values, morals, and important lessons are what shape your children into the adults they become. What you expose them to, is generally what they will want to be exposed to in the future. Traditional stories of good versus evil and true love conquering all are what helped make my childhood magical and helped guide my moral compass. My parents read to me nearly every day, to the point where I could recite my childrens’ books from memory before I could read. So, when I watched one of the more recent episodes of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, I was shocked and scandalized.
What once used to be a very creative and fun twist to traditional fairy tales, has now joined the club of shows airing subliminal messages and destroying traditional marriage and family values. One of the main themes throughout the show has been the power of “true love”. To my dismay, I watched as Little Red Riding Hood and Dorothy shared “true love’s kiss”. Yep, you read that right. I was glad my husband was out of town so he did not hear my very loud verbal frustration. Angry and disappointed, I deleted the show’s recording from our DVR.
I suppose I should not be shocked. It seems that every network these days has an agenda, but I naïvely hoped that they would not, could not, mess with my beloved fairy tales. But, no. The truth remains that the prince of this world will continue to try to break down the family. The family is the foundation of society, and as we are observing, once it is corrupted, that corruption seeps through every crack and crevice in the community.
This is precisely why the Church met to discuss the merits of marriage and the family. This is why it is important for us all to read and understand Amoris Laetitia. It is long and it is not without flaws and gaps, but it still has important things to teach us. Do not be so arrogant as to dismiss it, because a few people have found issue with it. The point being it is important for us to begin with our own families—teaching and promoting morality and the Truth. Be vigilant and read what your kids are reading at school. Limit their TV time and watch TV shows they watch, because even the seemingly ‘innocent’ ones are not always what they appear to be.