Deuteronomy 7:6
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth.

Back in the ’80s, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to address each other’s countries on TV.  After the addresses were over, various media types interviewed people from each country to give their assessment of the speeches.  One of the Soviet citizens interviewed remarked that when Gorbachev (or any Soviet leader) spoke, he always made you feel as though he were speaking to a million people, but when Reagan spoke, he made you feel he was speaking just to you.  They greatly preferred Reagan to Gorby and for a sensible reason: nobody likes feeling like an ingredient in a statistical bloc.  We are persons, not statistics.  That’s why God chooses you — you yourself — and calls you by name out of all the peoples of the earth.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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  • lkeebler

    I know this article is not about the “media” but it is here all the same so I would like to comment. The media has been one of the most used, diabolical instruments of the devil to brain wash, swindle, corrupt and wound, the minds and hearts of the people (especially going after the young people). I think finally (thank God!) a lot of people are waking up and seeing just how evil the media is and has been. Yes, we can find examples of “good” programs and “clear” reporting, but they are so few and far between compared to the massive avalanche of cesspool pouring over the masses. God help us to see the evil that comes against us.