Published on: January 21st, 2013 — 4:49 PM / OBS: ASIA
MANILA, THE PHILIPPINES — The OneBillionStories.com Philippines team has been working hard to bring inspiring stories from their great Catholic nation across the Pacific to American screens and far beyond, depending on where you are reading this in the world. Led by David Panlilio, and aided by the editing expertise of Carl, James, and Christopher, our international OBS team brings part 2 from Leah Darrow’s wise, inspiring, and conviction-filled words from Manila (click here for part 1). In part 2, Leah focuses on media, specifically the role of RealityTV in America, and it’s connection back to the Roman Colosseum, watch to see how she does it.
music by: Christopher Graham
It is obvious after hearing this former ‘America’s Next Top Model’ reflect on American media, that the morality level is at an all time low in this once great nation. It appears from many (not all) TV shows that the dignity of the human person has been sent to the Hollywood archives, gathering dust for another generation. Any mention of faith, Christ’s love, or authentic love, is basically extinct in pop-media, and contemporary journalism. Despite these challenges in media, the culture, and the propagation of ‘American ideals’ on to other cultures, change and making right choices is always possible says Leah: ‘Truth has a name. Truth has a face, and it is Jesus Christ.’ Hope for the future rests solely in Jesus Christ. It is this hope that drives Leah Darrow to most corners of the earth, sharing her story of reversion to true happiness, found only in the 2,000 year old Catholic faith.
In closing, our team in the Philippines asks Leah to reflect upon their nation of islands, a very strong Catholic country that is probably ‘the light on the hill’ for all nations, holding on to a 90% plus Catholic population. Gazing into the eyes of the Filipinos brings pure hope and Joy to Leah Darrow. Where will the world find happiness moving forward in 2013? Will it be in shows like ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ or cultures like the Filipino culture, Catholic culture? That is the task for all reading and hearing these words to discover.
“Do not take the lead from America, fight for your culture, we support you (the Philippines).” - Leah Darrow
Learn more about Leah Darrow by clicking on the logo above.
OneBillionStories.com Contributor - David Panlilio
READINGS FOR 21ST JANUARY 2013
First: Hebrews 5:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Gospel: Mark 2:18-22
Memorial of Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr
ROSARY: JOYFUL MYSTERIES
1. The Annunciation
2. The Visitation
3. Birth of Our Lord
5. Finding in the Temple