Denver is Burdened with His Guilt…

As Deacon Greg points out, this video is a nice Lenten reminder that we have the means of unburdening ourselves and making things right.

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The video was cute and also a little sad for me; I hated seeing Denver so burdened. I believe God hates to see us so burdened by our sins, too. And the owner makes a good point with the second dog who “let it happen.” We are supposed to help each other through our worst temptations.

I doubt very much that the videomaker was trying to produce a theological epic, but it would have been really perfect if after the little time-out in the penalty box, the owner had coaxed him out and hugged him to let him know all was well, wouldn’t it?

I mean, I’m sure the owner loves his dog and did do that. But I would have included it, had I’d shot it.

And that gives me a perfect segue into encouraging you to let your kids or their schools know about I-Confess; a Lenten Video Scholarship Contest:

In an effort to help promote New York’s All Day Confessions event, happening Monday April 18th, The Diocese of Brooklyn in conjunction with both the Archdiocese of New York and Diocese of Rockville Centre are launching a grassroots digital campaign called i-Confess. Using both social and digital media, the goal of this campaign is to generate interest in the act of Confession throughout New York State.

As part of the i-Confess campaign and beginning March 8th local New York area students will have the opportunity to create and submit short (up to 1 minute in length) YouTube stylized videos for a chance to win the top prize of $25,000 towards an educational scholarship and the school will receive an additional $25,000. A second place prize of $10,000 and the school will receive an additional $10,000, multiple third place prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded. The winning video may also be featured in the official All Day Confessions campaign TV commercial airing throughout NY.

As we saw with the video above, the entry doesn’t have to be glamorous, expensive or overly artistic. All it really needs is a great idea, done with a bit of passion.

Something like this, actually:

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The deadline to submit a videos is April 8, so go here for the rules and break out the camcorder!

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  • jeff

    Kind of profound actually. When I had my lab I remember I would be so upset with him when he would get into garbage – - not because it was hurting me, but because it was hurting him. I assume God is the same way.

  • jeff

    Kind of profound actually. When I had my lab I remember I would be so upset with him when he would get into garbage – - not because it was hurting me, but because it was hurting him. I assume God is the same way.

  • jeff

    yes and that dog needed a hug.

  • http://jscafenette.com/ Virgil15marlow

    LOL, both videos were great. Denver looks just like my yellow lab. Only thing my yellow lab never feels guilty.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SQWADITZPYHKSWSM5ONMDI52I Greta

    love the dog video, but the soul wow thing and contest is very strange. Wonder what the Pope would think of it?

  • Topperthedog

    Ok, it’s a cute video, but you are anthropomorphizing the situation. The “guilty” looking dog is just submissive rather than necessarily guilty. Doesn’t invalidate your point, just saying to remember dog body and emotional language doesn’t always equate to people body and emotional language.

    I did like the ‘smiling’ (technically a submissive act) when the dog bared its teeth. My little girl used to do that when she greeted me.

  • Kurt

    You make a great and worthwhile point here.

    Still, the video does remind me a bit of some of my dealings with my retriever mix, who often gets into mischief and then is good at acting innocent about it. In her case, she will sometimes wait until I’ve left the room before trying to do something she knows she shouldn’t, but I always know it’s her because my other dog usually follows me out of the room, when I hear something amiss and return and say what did you do, she’ll look up at me and try to act cute, as if to say, “who, little old me?”

  • Aj4coco

    Considering that the Pope has a sense of humor, he might well chuckle at the take-off of “ShamWow”. If you’ve seen that ad, you’ll recognize the style.

  • http://te-deum.blogspot.com/ Diane

    “Denver” was on Good Morning America today. http://t.co/29MhTZ5


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