I closed my Tumblr, privatized Facebook, will most likely close the Etsy shop, and cut back on this blog.
I'm amazed at the time wasted writing about stuff that is essentially none of my business.
How stupid to have written so much about myself, and worst of all - other people.
"How can you believe when you accept praise from one another?"
Many people who live online, writing their blogs, judging and condemning others - even going so far as to judge the Pope, have lost their faith. Some may be mentally ill or terribly deluded, but they are all endangering their salvation and leading others astray, even to the loss of faith. Others who oppose these people do the same thing - responding with hostility, daily criticizing the bigotry of conservatives - political or religious - they are obsessed with being 'right'. Perhaps this Scripture can be applied to them - to all of us: "You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves." [Matt. 23:15]
People online look for affirmation, praise, agreement and esteem - and some expect to be financially compensated for that - like money-changers in the Temple.
John of the Cross, quoting Isaiah wrote, "He who praises you deceives you."
“Today, let us ask the Lord for the grace to understand this, seventy times seven. Let us ask for the grace to be ashamed before God. It is a huge grace. To feel ashamed of our sins and then receive forgiveness and the grace of generosity to give it to others, because the Lord has forgiven all, so who am I to not forgive?” - Pope Francis