Ink Slingers Jessica

“Multiplicity” and the New Roman Missal


I’ve been thinking about the 1996 movie “Multiplicity” lately.  Have you seen it?  It may not have made much money and received mediocre reviews, but certain parts of it have stuck with me over the years that has been brought the forefront of my mind with the new translation of the Roman Missal coming soon.

The film "Multiplicity" as represented by stick figures.

In the movie, Michael Keaton’s character finds a way to make copies of himself so that he can essentially be in two  places at one time.  The original copies are close to being the real him.  Maybe they have certain exaggerated personality aspects, but they pass for him.  One day, the copies are curious, so they make a copy of one of themselves.  The result is a character (known as “4”) that looks exactly like the original, but was nothing like him in his mannerisms and intelligence level.  In the film it is explained that a copy of a copy is never as sharp as the original.  The more times you copy a copy, the result gets fuzzier.

With the new translation of thing Roman Missal coming to Catholic Churches near you in just a few short weeks, there will be some changes to the Mass that we’ve all known and loved for so many years.  Eventually, it’ll be a reaction to say, “And with your spirit” instead of “And also with you.”  (So I guess the ol’ “Star Wars” joke will now be, “May the Force be with you” “And with your spirit.”)

There are plenty of people out there who look forward to changes, but there are just as many (if not more) who are resistant to change.  I’ve heard plenty of people complaining about the new translation and these upcoming changes.  “I just don’t understand why it has to change.”  I can understand those sentiments.  I really can.

It is much easier to grasp when you look at it from a broader angle.  God has guided the Catholic Church for 2000 years.  When it has started down the wrong path, He gently re-centered it.  There’s no way that we have made it through that amount of time as unified as we are without the hand of God being present.  I see the new translation as His way of re-centering us.  It is supposed to be a much closer translation of the original Latin.  He doesn’t want us making copies of copies for centuries on end.  Just as Michael Keaton’s character 4 was far from perfect, we don’t want the Mass to be anything but perfect.

We may stumble over our words with this new translation.  We may have to follow along more at first than we are used to.  It’ll be different, but we’ll get used to it!  In six months, I bet it’ll
be old hat.


Ink Slingers Jessica

Power Outages

DSC04444There doesn’t seem to be much in this day and age that elicits as deep of an emotional response as a power outage. I’m sure you know the feelings. What starts as a simple hope that it’ll only last a couple of minutes can lead to disappointment, worry, frustration, sadness, and anger, not to mention excitement and thanksgiving once it returns. Of course there’s always the wish that it won’t happen again for a very long time…

I will not claim to have never reacted in these ways, but power outages really aren’t that bad! In fact, when you really think about it, they can actually be quite a blessing. We have the opportunity to offer our inconveniences up to God. (I know there are people on oxygen and the like whose lives depend on the power holding out. That would be significantly more than a simple inconvenience, so those types of situations are not really my focus.)

In this increasingly technological world, I think that power outages are one of God’s ways of trying to get us to see what really matters: real human relationships, not material goods!


  • Instead of zoning out in front of the television or computer, it’s a perfect time to connect with our loved ones. Play a game or even just have a good old fashioned conversation. Or why not try saying the Rosary together as a family? Or crack open the Bible?
  • Don’t worry about all the stuff in your refrigerator or freezer that’s just sitting in there rotting. Look at it as God trying to tell you to clean it out and start fresh. Think about how many people could not afford to refill their refrigerators afterward. Think about how many of them wouldn’t have lost very much anyway due to their financial hardships. Then again, aren’t we lucky to have refrigerators to begin with?
  • Try not to dwell too much on not having electric lights either. I understand that reading is significantly easier in the evening using electricity, but there isn’t much that can’t be accomplished by the low light of a candle or a flashlight.

It is said that our sufferings bring us closer to Christ, but these sufferings bring us closer to Him in a different way. He never had a refrigerator. He never turned on a light switch. He never wondered what was on television that evening. Never once googled something! He made out alright, didn’t He?

Rotten food can be swapped out for fresh food. Television shows can be seen when a repeat is aired. Technology will continue to evolve. Our loved ones cannot be replaced. Our times with them cannot be reproduced.