This is to say that instead of being grouped and assembled, as in the Middle Ages, in a homogeneous and integrally Christian body of civilization, limited however to a privileged portion of the inhabited earth, it seems that the unity of Christian culture must now extend over the whole surface of the globe, but, in return, represent only the order and living network of Christian temporal institutions and Christian centers of intellectual and spiritual life spread throughout the world in the great supra-cultural unity of the Church. Instead of a mighty fortress raised up amidst the lands, we should rather think of the army of stars distributed in the sky. Such a unity is not any less real, but it is diffuse instead of being concentrated.I had the great pleasure, yesterday, of meeting Hilary, Seraphic, one of the authors From the Pews, a nice FSSP seminarian from Belgium who knows some friends of mine in...Nebraska ("who doesn't know them!?" he exclaimed)...and other lovely people.
Of course, I was extremely jet-lagged, having just flown in from California, so I was alternately abrupt (aieee!) or dozing over my one-beer-a-week (which the doctor said I could have, provided that my liver functions continue to be unaffected by all the drugs I'm on).
From the blognic, I gathered that there is a concern tickling the online community: does the blogosphere cheapen (so to speak) what constitutes Real Relations between people? There were gentle and constant reminders to get out and Do Things in Real Life (presumably with Real People). It is certainly not unusual that blogs and other mediums like twitter, facebook, etc., encourage a more superficial approach to communication, particularly given the ease with which one may post anything without adequate reflection, phrasing, or spelling. But, as with graphic novels, each medium conveys information differently. So what do blogs convey? How? To Whom? I am still too jet-lagged to reflect on this subject, but it is matter for reflection.