Friday, February 08, 2008

Giving up blogging for Lent?

No, not me, but the afore-mentioned Marco. He has announced that he is giving up blogging for Lent. Fraser Pearce is doing this too.

This is a silly idea. This is why:

1) Catholic Blogging is a form of evangelisation
2) Catholic Blogging (or even Lutheran or Anglican or Orthodox blogging--let's get ecumenical here) is (again, as the Lutherans say) a form of "mutual consolation of the brethren"
3) Blogging for the sake of the gospel is a way of using a spiritual gift (did not St Paul say "...and to some it is given to be bloggers"?)
So all up, that makes blogging a "work of mercy" doesn't it? What sense is there in giving up such a worthy causes for Lent?

Of course, blogging can be done out of a motivation of pride. But hate the sin and love the blog, I say.

And in any case, where in canon law does it say Lent has to be boring?

Give up blogging for Lent? Not this little black duck.


At Friday, February 08, 2008 5:15:00 pm , Blogger Schütz said...

Thinking about it, perhaps I could give up looking at my sitemeter ratings five times a day...

At Friday, February 08, 2008 10:21:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

But hate the sin and love the blog, I say.

Heh! Good one!

I could give up looking at my sitemeter ratings five times a day

It's probably just a phase you're going through...

At Sunday, February 10, 2008 6:10:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is Sunday and I am allowing myself a comment or two. :D

In my defense:
a) Your assumption is that people agree with your purpose (your why) of blogging. Please read: The Why of blogging, especially the comments by various people on why they blog.
b) NB. my surrender of blogging for Lent is only the third part of my Lenten Rule. It is to make more time for prayer!

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:36:00 am , Blogger Jeff Tan said...

But Bob, think of all the juicy discussions you're missing! :-P Just kidding, I don't want to tempt you out of your Lent. You probably have the right of it in giving up blogging at this time.

After a rather long exchange with Protestants, I have to confess to being .. well.. a bit tired. I get the impression that some of them feel a sense of disquiet when I affirm what is Catholic and they have no objections. So they have to bring in a few more Protestant doctrines that I did not bring up because they just have to make sure. It's not that they need to win the argument -- there is no argument from where I stand on the issues I bring up, but I think it just bothers them. I get worn down and I need to stop, and probably spend more time in prayer instead. It just doesn't seem like they're taking in anything I say anyway.


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