"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Do you ever get sick of constant religious talk? Discussions? Blog posts? Evangelists? Apologists? Big mouths?

Constant reporting of every little detail and nuance connected to what the pope said, did, how he said Mass, what he wore, which special needs person he gave a ride to, and so on?

Do you ever get sick of apologetics or even just having to explain yourself or something you said for fear you hurt some one's feelings?



  1. Yes. The stuff about what the Pope did or said doesn't particularly bother me, and I'm glad we have his daily homilies now, though other things do bother me.

    I get angry when I see an article or blog post that talks about another article or blog post or book as a 'must read'. It gives me the impression of having to keep up with this clique or pseudo-gnostic-type trend.

    I get angry when there are talks or lectures - constantly - that relate how this or that is really, truly the problem in the Church or what we need to be focused on. It's a lot of words - if they were all true, and we needed to hear the lectures to know about these ideas - when would we find the time to go do whatever we ought to be doing?

    1. Words - hot air - couldn't agree more.

  2. I'm tired of the busy-ness in the Church, and how sometimes it seems to be reduced to believing the right doctrines or having the right stance on social issues - or just it being about social issues period. We don't pray enough, I don't think. We need more devotion to the Holy Spirit and to be better listeners, constantly waiting on Christ.

  3. Conferences, action items, movements, marches -they seem to become routines. There even seems to be a retreat lifestyle that goes on - life is lived in between the next retreat stop or pilgrimage destination.

    But there's nothing really new under the sun, and "of the making of many books there is no end, and in much study there is weariness for the flesh."

  4. Yep.

    Headed to Yosemite, army tanks of bear spray on hand (I'm scared to death of bears and mountain lions -- probably should move back to Nueva York).

    Have a great weekend!

    Get outside, weather permitting. Really -- good for the soul.

    Actually, I find the Catholic internet highly amusing, mostly because so many of the superstar bloggers are completely full of horse manure. You'd think all these "oooh, I'm a writer" people would figure out that agents and PW announce the details of book deals, sometimes weeks before the blogger in question announces it on their blog. And agents, editors, writers, et al., all talk amongst ourselves. Too funny.

    Anyway -- here's hoping I'm not bear dinner tonight. Although I'm sure there are those who sincerely hope I am. ;~)

  5. Uh yeah, like just 2 days ago when you deleted my comments! :)

    1. I get so crazy, sorry TT!

  6. In the Portland archdiocese I only know a couple other people who regularly read Catholic blogs and websites. Even my pro-life friends just stick to lifesitenews.com, and I know a couple liberal priests who read Praytell and commonweal.com. So it really is a small number of people in an echo chamber. But thanks for blogging Terry--it beats Yahoo News, Drudgereport or whatever else.


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