Blog stuff: October 2005 Archives
Priest in the Phillipines blogs away!
I have been told that the Bishops in the Phillipines have encouraged all in the hierarchy to blog as a means of evangelization. May God bless all of them!
how some trolls find some blogs?
It is interesting to me. I can go and post on all kinds of topics and get one, maybe two, comments - usually from my faithful readers. Then I post something from the news media about NFP or contraception or such like, and all of a sudden I get somewhat (ahem) 'interesting' comments from persons who I have never heard from before. Of course, these same commenters rarely leave a legitimate email address or webpage.
I do try to put up interesting content just before I go into my peri-call blog hibernation (wherein I am usually too busy to even get on-line, let alone put together content!).
Still, it could be worse, I guess. I could be Mark Shea or Amy Welborn.
BTW - could one of you who is on aol contact me privately? I have heard that there is a way to check the identity of an aol user, but that it is only available to members.
Among my other recent activities (that have been seriously cutting into my blogging time) is a series in a local parish on the Theology of the Body. We have been using a Christopher West DVD "Created and Redeemed" and accompanying workbook. Tonight was class 5 of the 8 week series.
The format is pretty simple - watch the video for an hour, discuss the questions in our small group at the table, and then listen to Father further explain the answers to the questions for about 40 minutes. Father Paul has only been a priest for 6 years - he had a conversion of life after a pilgrimage to a well-known Marian shrine, and I guess he could be called a "late vocation". (I prefer to call it a "God's Time" vocation). So he has real life experience, including a grown son.
Tonight things got really interesting during Father Paul's presentation of the topic - there were a couple of items that some of the group just didn't get. In particular, there was one item about how it is theologically impossible for women to be Priests (capitalized to differentiate the ordained priesthood from the 'priesthood of the faithful')given the meaning of priesthood and how the priest is an icon of (in personae) Christ. Funny thing, even in my most radical 'feminist' days, I had no trouble understanding the reasons why only men are ordained Priests.
The other hot topic item was the difference between NFP and contraception. This will be covered in more detail in lesson seven. I'm not quite sure that father gets that there is flak out there on this topic from both the contraceptors and the extreme providentialists - should be interesting as we continue.
Please keep the class in your prayers. One participant was overheard to say "I just don't get it. Maybe I'll just stop coming."
I know that this is a tough topic, but I think it is one of the more important gifts that JP2 left us. I am having a wonderful time just dipping my toetips into it.