Let It Go

jacksparrowfrozenOK, I know that I am late to the whole Frozen thingee. (It turns out that I am at that awkward age between my youngest being too old for Disney princesses and my oldest grandchild not being old enough to handle movie theaters.) I finally had a chance to watch Frozen the over the summer.

I get why the song Let It Go has been so celebrated.  It is very earworm-able, getting stuck in the playlist of your brain and can easy become a soundtrack in the background of life decisions. Something bothering you? Let it go!    Situation is repressing your basic instinctual response? Can’t hold it back anymore.  Not pleased with how folks are responding? The cold never bothered me anyway! … except these are all rather remarkably narcissistic responses.

tumblr_mx9ys965pa1rn4uy2o1_1386148185_coverI think that many view the Wicked-ish show-stopping song from the movie as a moment of feminine empowerment. It’s not.  It conveys the transition of Elsa who is in an imposed confinement to protect her from hurting anyone to Elsa’s self-imposed solitary confinement to protect her from connecting with anyone who might be harmed. The song indicates movement of setting but not of heart. The soul of the movie moves around the story of Anna who starts the story wanting to play / connect with her sister (Wanna build a snowman?) to eventually desiring to partner with her sister in problem-solving / leadership. (Wanna build something out of this snow, man?) So, the cold of this story does bother me anyway!

A later song identifies the “fixer-upper” nature of all humanity.  We are imperfect but we do need one another despite our broken humanity. In the end, acts of true love become not about a romantic kiss at the end, but about selfless sacrifice for another, as in No Greater Love (John 15:13) It is a much different Disney princess ending here. Unfortunately, singing along with Let It Go does little to perpetuate it.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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