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It was enlightening to hear that although we have now turned from watching murder and sex crime dramas to vampires and zombies, they are addressing serious questions of existence and morality.

As a Catholic, I look for Catholic truth in TV shows and I'm interested in how religion and God are portrayed. I found the series of movies 'The Matrix' to be the most profound reflection on the person of Jesus and the meaning of the Crucifixion and Resurrection that I've ever seen. It was inaccurate in small parts, and Jesus in reality did even more than Neo does, but it's close. Too bad we have to see it in these other scenarios and can't find it in the Bible, in Mass, in prayer.

But this is in a long tradition of Biblical themes, reality, in different settings, see for example The Lord of the Rings or the Narnia series, and others. In 'Lost', the golden place they finally find - of peace and joy - is a relocation of Eucharistic Adoration for Catholics to a natural cave or cove. (It's not there, but the desire and sense that it exists somewhere is real.)

As a Catholic, I have no interest at all in zombies or vampires, etc. (See the book '23 minutes in hell' where the creatures the man saw there were reptilian.) These characters have no relationship with God, by definition and in reality, so they are of no interest to me. Man without God is not much. And God is not an idea, but a Person, three Persons, who lives with us. As Pope John Paul II said, 'Jesus is the answer to every human question'.

On the other hand, that we live in a world where we can't find God, have to live without Him, it reminds us of the dereliction of the Cross, where Jesus suffered the loss of God, though He was and is God, and the eventual resurrection - 'He trapped all in disobedience, so he could have mercy on all', as St. Paul tells us, so this loss of God can be a prelude to the dawn of God's mercy.

One last thought would be that we are a very seriously sinful culture - abortion, euthanasia, etc., and this sin makes us ask 'Is a vampire still human' in the sense of 'Am I still human given what I have done?' Sin, as in Lady MacBeth, leads us to ask serious questions because we don't know what will become of us or what we have become, or whether there is hope for us.

Religion, the Catholic faith, but other faiths as well, even if partial, as the man found with the prayer rug, is the answer, but we seem to not to be able to get there. But the hunger is still there, so let's keep up the hope.