Friday, September 16, 2005

Internet Etiquette or Manners

Whilst perusing a Catholic blog, I clicked on the comments. Lo, behold, the Christian form of invective was prevalent.

Occasionally, with friends, online debating has sometimes become a little heated - and this can be due to the way in which words are received. A tilt of the head, a lilt in the voice, a crinkled smile to indicate the delivery of some zinger-line that is, nonetheless, well-meant - these all lose their way over the zeros and may fall under the rather subtle and sinister aspect of the virtual world. Id est, while being more informal, people tend to lose regard for another because they cannot see the other and are free impute all different sorts of interpretations on innocent statements if not checked by charity. I should say, rather, statements that are quite innocent of any intent to malign what is good and holy.

Aside from the fact that it is ludicrous to gird up the loins and sally forth into battle, smiting all in the path, over a wee little sentence - unless that sentence be meant ill and is against an item of faith - it is also extremely uncharitable for a dearth of reasons. What, for example, is that spiritual work of mercy that pertains to the ignorant? What is the intent of the person who wrote the statement? What does the person mean by the statement? Is it possible that he could mean something that is not apparent to me and if so, should I not err on the side of doubt and stopper my mouth before I completely and utterly stick my foot in it because of my impetuous nature?

Good people, this will not do. It is frivolous and petty. Be gentle! Play nice. Drink good water, everyday!

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

We have a game in our house called "pin the (devil's tail) on the heretic"

There are THREE WAYS to spot a heretic.

First, they claim that the Church HAS GONE ASTRAY, which would make the Incarnate Word a LIAR.

Second, they claim that ONLY THEY KNOW THE TRUTH and that IF YOU DON'T FOLLOW THEM then you will go TO THE FIERY PITS OF HELL!

Third, they LOVE TO USE CAPS!

But BEWARE. NOT ALL WHO USE CAPS ARE LOST. There are also SOLICITATIONS FROM CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS that use caps. YOU CAN TRUST THOSE CATHOLIC CHARITIES.

With those three cunning observations, I present to you the True Third Secret of Fatima - Mary is God!

I can't decide whether it is an elaborate hoax or no because of the charge laid against our Papa... It makes me giggle inside.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

A compendium of scandal

*cough*rumpelstiltskin*cough*.

- First country to legalize gay "marriage"
- First country to legalize euthanasia

We all know how much they care for their children.

On another note. . .

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Stories from the Pews

It was very hard to concentrate at Mass today. In front of me was a large family, and one of the youngest boys had received a prayer book with a medal stored inside. He was obviously delighted with it, because he held it open, kissed the medal, and then twirled around on his pew, holding the book aloft towards each side of the Church as if showing the saints in the windows his mighty treasure.

The peak of his activity was reached after Communion - his siblings, weary of his antics, tried to wrest the book away. One tried, then another, then four of them (at once) pinned the boy against the front of the pew and he slid down out of sight due to the weight of the bodies atop him. The sight of his head and wild eyes gradually disappearing was not conducive to prayerful reflection - especially when coupled with his audible whispers "YOU'RE STEALING!!! YOU'RE STEALING!!!" They let him hold the medal for the rest of Mass, which comforted him.

After Mass, I met Patrick. He is very quiet and I had to chase him down, but I met him!

To be...or not to be...



For those TonyP members who are attending the Hamlet discussions, I give you - Hamlet... The text-based adventure!

Kudos to my friend R. for the link.