Dan Burke is an award-winning author, writer, and speaker on Catholic spirituality. He has written and/or edited nine books on faithful Catholic spirituality and is the Executive Director and writer for EWTN’s National Catholic Register. Dan is the president of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and the creator of Divine Intimacy Radio and SpiritualDirection.com.
Though the Holocaust killed 11 million people, according to the a survey by the Anti-Defamation League, only 54% of the world’s population has heard of the Holocaust. Of those, a third believe that it’s been accurately described by history.
Abortion, on the other hand, has killed 53 million babies legally from 1973 through 2011.
It’s hard to wrap our minds around that number. The Holocaust, in some ways, is more tangible, easier to understand.
Do the two have anything in common, some way of helping us relate one to the other?
The producers of the new movie Sing Louder think so. That’s the basis of their 10-minute film, which is inspired by and based on the true story of an elderly man. In his youth, he witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust from the pews of his church. He watched apathy in action, and it haunted him throughout his life.
As a child, my primary identity was that of being a Jew. If someone would have asked me, “What are you?” or “What is your faith?” I would have said, “I am a Jew.” I grew up listening to stories of the Old Testament like David and Goliath and Daniel in the lion’s den. Even today, as a fulfilled Jew, my connection to what happened in the holocuast extends far beyond the intellect. Watching this movie brought this reality back to me and it also brought tears to my eyes. I have never seen the victims of the Holocaust as people that were somehow separate from me; in fact, I have always seen and felt them as my family.
In the same way, these unborn babies who are at risk throughout the United States are my family and yours. By virtue of the fact that we are all created for the same purpose – union with God, and into the same family – those who are the children of God – we are all flesh and blood.
I can’t open the doors to the train or even stop the train by myself. But I can be part of the movement that does and so can you. Watch this film and then do something about it.
This short movie will be released via YouTube next year. You can catch a sneak peak of the movie through an exclusive online screening scheduled for November 18 at 8PM ET. Register here. You can also watch the movie at a growing number of theaters and churches around the country. To learn more about hosting a screening or bringing the movie to your community please visit SingLouderMovie.com.