Our digital fast paced culture is fascinated with quotes, sound bites, or rather sound bytes — tiny morsels of easily digestible “common wisdom”. It is no secret that media outlets fight for market share of our attention and sound bytes can serve to punch through the haze of an occupied day like a yellow clown at a street corner wearing a placard for a discount jeweler. There is no egality in the selection of these attention triggers.
One quote is not equal to another in the media business so it should not surprise us that some of our favorite writers have never been quoted on their love of such things as their Catholic faith or the Blessed Sacrament.
Here are two examples.
“I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament…” – JRR Tolkien
And, from Marshall McLuhan, the professor who coined the phrase, media is the message and global village, we find this neglected morsel…
“One of the advantages of being a Catholic is that it confers a complete intellectual freedom to examine any and all phenomena with the absolute assurance of their intelligibility.”
There are many such authors silenced by a willful neglect. Today when you blog, tweet, or Facebook re-proclaim the beauty of our rich inheritance as Catholics — quote the hidden sound bites and bring Christ into the public square!
More from McLuhan | https://mcluhangalaxy.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/marshall-mcluhans-catholic-faith/