[quote=batteddy]I had that same question, CuriousInIL. Perhaps the OP has mentioned scruples in other threads that these people know about? In that case, I apologize…according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, those with scruples:
But if the OP has not mentioned scruples in another thread, I defend my advice.
If we automatically conclude that someone has scruples just because they are inclined towards ascetic spirituality…and then say that they should not practice ascetic spirituality because they have scruples…it is clearly a logical circle that will prevent the Church from ever having any more mystics or ascetics.
Yes, but Magicsilence admits that the movies they are talking about are those “That do not cause you to sin.”
Magicsilence knows that they are not sinful per se, they just “feel wrong after watching any film now because i feel like i should be waiting for Christ at all moments.”
It doesn’t say Magicsilence feels “guilty,” just “wrong”…without explaining what “wrong” means. It is not necessarily a fear that it was sinful…perhaps just an inclination towards asceticism, a calling towards mysticism, an unsatisfaction with the things of this world, a pull towards a contemplative life waiting for Christ at all moments, a feeling that the secular life is wrong for Magicsilence and that they are called somewhere else.
Furthermore, Magicsilence has come here to ask the question “is it ever morally ok to watch a film just to enjoy it?” They have not made a conclusion yet, they are ignorant of whether it is ever morally okay, and have come here to have that question answered. The Catholic Encyclopedia says:
Sometimes, thus, the scruples are temporary and are only caused by a lack of knowledge as to what is sin and what is not. And now that Magicsilence knows that it is not a sin, perhaps they will be consoled and can go on and make a further discernment about what their feelings mean to their spirituality.
I would be cautious to jump to conclusions of scrupulosity, we are not the confessor. The Catholic Encyclopedia says:
If Magicsilence is willing to abide by our counsel that it is not sinful, and accepts it, and it satisfies them, then it was merely a matter of ignorance as to what is and is not sinful being cleared up…that should not be judged as scruples, especially not on the first experience.
But if Magicsilence has indicated scruples on other threads, I would urge them to contact a spiritual director.
You speak EXACTLY what i think/feel.
Though some people think i suffer from scruplosity on this thread, and i thank you for your kindness, I am just trying to be a saint, and i mean a REAL saint. When reading how the saints of this world were dead to the world completely, I feel so compelled to imitate them. And thus, I have this feeling inside me that sees how watching a movie is NOT something a saint of the Church would do (with perhaps St John Bosco as an exception).
Everytime i finish watching a movie I feel so detracted from God, im thinking about the movie for a good few minutes, and if Christ came at THAT moment (or be it during the movie), I would be so ashamed, that i had spent a second of my life doing something other than looking for Christ.
You may think im scrupulous, and, I’ll be honest, I spent a good few minutes this morning giving myself a good talking to about sin. I may have been slowly leaning towards becoming scrupulous , and through the grace of God, he pulled me out of it.
Back to the issue at hand, I am indeed only asking a question. I want to see other opinions on the subject.