I'm not an Oprah fan and I have not seen her show in years, but tomorrow I will be watching! Oprah will be interviewing four Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.
The Sisters announced their appearance in an email to supporters:
"In this age of instant communications, word travels fast, so you may have already heard the news: we will be appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Tuesday, February 9, which also happens to be the 13th anniversary of the founding of our Community. Oprah was interested in doing a show on religious life as a hidden way of life which many people never experience, and so her producers asked us if we would be willing to welcome them. We accepted this invitation as an opportunity to share our life, and by extension, the Gospel, with an audience that we might not ever reach otherwise.
"A camera crew came to the Motherhouse in Ann Arbor at the beginning of this week, and then on Thursday, Sr. Mary Samuel, Sr. John Dominic, Sr. Mary Judith, and Sr. Francis Mary were flown to Chicago for the taping. Some of our Novices and Postulants also participated in the taping from the Motherhouse via "Skype."
"The camera men came to breakfast!
"The show will air on Tuesday, February 9th, so be sure to check your local listings for the time and station in your area. If you can't watch it then, be sure to record it, as her producers have let us know that they do
not send out copies of any show. And please, spread the word!
"In the meantime, please join us in praying that Our Lord will use this television show to touch the hearts of many, so that they may come to know Him and His boundless love and mercy.
"God bless you!"
In Jesus and Mary,
*The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist *
Now beware! Remember this is Oprah. Can you guess what her teaser is to attract viewers to show? You got it .... sex! "They're young - and gave up sex, careers and having children to become NUNS!!" (http://www.youtube.com/oprah#p/a/u/1/BSqCpUi71fM) Can you imagine that? Sadly enough, Oprah and most of her audience couldn't even fathom that.
(Because of the interview's "hang-up" with sex and several specific questions that dealt with chastity, the Sisters have advised parents that if they are watching with children it would be best to either tape it or that the parents preview it first.)
Despite my disgust with this focus on sex and apparent lack of real depth in the interview, I'm still watching. In fact, I think the audience is in for a surprise. I had the opportunity last year of meeting and listening to a presentation from one of these sisters. She was a pistol! I left wishing I could become a nun!
Let's pray for these sisters that they can witness to the world, especially young people, that Christ's love is real and bring more souls back to Christ. God bless them.