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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Answering the Master's Call

Yes, it's 5:30 am here in Minnesota and I'm already up and blogging (and having lots of coffee, thank you very much.) I'm up this early for our last day of class, but now I'm diverting my shedule a bit for this very important Public Service Announcement.

I usually watch the news/weather in the morning as I sip my coffee and check email. On Sundays, however, at least when I'm up this early, there is no news or weather. So I flipped to EWTN, thinking maybe they'd have the Chaplet of Divine Mercy or something.

Nope. They had a show on called, "Answering the Master's Call." The info blurb on it (which is usually incorrect with regard to EWTN programming) said that it was "priests talking about their lives and vocations". I found that description acceptable and selected the program. And there appeared before my eyes a Carmelite Sister, talking about her discernment, and then about her life as a Sister. It was a great show.

Why have I never heard of it? So I went to EWTN's website to see if it's on at any other time. Because, let me be honest...I am NOT going to get up at 5:00 am every Sunday to plant myself in front of the TV, even for a show like this.

Well, good news...it's ALSO on Tuesdays at 2:30 pm!

Which isn't helpful. I'm always at work at that time. Which is good...to have a job, that is.

I don't know what EWTN is thinking here. I love EWTN. They're incredible. But THIS is REALLY BAD marketing! What audience do they have at those times? I just happened to find it, and would consider myself to be one of their target audience for such a program.

But I'm not going to be regularly available at this time of day, nor at 2:30 on a Tuesday. The funny thing is this: people who have their lives together enough to seriously be discerning something so big as their vocation, and actually considering religious life or priesthood are not home at 2:30 in the afternoon, typically. They're working, or sitting in class somewhere. And if they're up at 5:00 am, they're not likely to have the TV on because they're getting ready for Mass. Or they're praying. (I'm an anomoly).

So....there you have it. The program exists, it's great, and you should know about it. Everyone should know about it. It should be on prime. Or at least close to Prime.

Cool thing about today's though; it was a Sister from the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus. This was a community I wanted to visit a few years ago, although in a different location; Wisconsin. (Or maybe Indiana?). In any case, I tried to send emails but they didn't go through, and the timing didn't work out, anyway. But a friend of mine gave me a 2nd class relic of their foundress, which I still have.

OK, end of PSA for this morning.

6 comments:

Alli said...

Well, that's what DVR/TiVo is for!
I've taped many an EWTN special that way. :)

adoro said...

Allie ~ Yeah, I knew someone would say that, and that it would be one of the first comments. Please realize that not everyone can afford that technology, especially since it would involve purchasing a new TV...not something high on my list of priorities.

SMB said...

Adoro,

I agree. As a mother, my TV here in the living room is on children's programming almost constantly from the time the kids get up until the time they go to bed, so shows like that one (which I wish I could watch during the afternoon) and others aren't available to me, either. Also since I'm about to go back to work at a Brick and Mortar job, I'm going to miss even more of the programming I like.

So yeah, I feel your pain.
Sherri

Adoro te Devote said...

Life is hard, isn't it? LOL! But I'm' going to go on complaining that EWTN needs to change the timeframe of this show1

I need to email them!

Anonymous said...

I was the one of the photographers and the editor of this program. I also enjoyed these interviews...and also am a little dismayed at the off-hour programming. Please do write them. A little nudge is all it may take to get them to reconsider. Thanks.

adoro said...

Anon ~ Thanks for your comment...and great work! I did send an email on Monday, although in reviewing my copy, I realized that I'd started out with a preface to it that I never finished so the email is a bit "disconnected". lol! But I still got the point across. I was in the middle of something else when I sent it, I think, and must have been interrupted.

So...let's wait and see what happens!