We are currently in the most serious times in the recent life of the Catholic Church. In Rome, in the United States, and other parts of the Catholic world; stories of the cover up of misdeeds of an American Cardinal, involving Pope Francis; the findings of a Pennsylvania grand jury on clergy abuse of children; and reports of sexual misconduct in an Archdiocesan seminary have filled the air ways. And we now have bishops calling for the resignation of Pope Francis.
And in the midst of all, I cannot yet put fingers to keyword, and write my own reactions, my own reflections on what is happening now! How does all this negative news affect me? Because I am, as a deacon, a member of the clergy; although our lives are divided among family, work, and service to the Church. I am not really that plugged in to the clerical culture. So how do I react, one foot in Church “culture;” the other in the “real’ world? I have not quite figured that out yet, so my fingers are still. For the moment.
Earlier, I shared with everyone the difficulty I was having being an active blogger. At the time, I laid part of the blame on the fact that I only had my IPhone to create posts. I was really hoping to get a new laptop, and thought that once I got one, I would really be burning up the keys.
Well, I got this sweet little Dell Inspiron laptop, and guess what? Total silence. All I can say is that my reasons include writer’s block, and plain laziness. So what to do? As the old say goes; “Try, try again!” One approach is seeking incentives to write. So I am joining a Blog Party at “Susie Landau’s Wild Ride.” Putting your blog out there to a possible wider audience, does encourage one to create content, quality content for them to see
Some may have noticed I have silent for awhile. Multiple factors are involved. Primarily, I do not have have a working computer at the moment, What posts I have been able to make is via smartphone, and just do not have the thumbs for it. Add a touch of the flu; and a case of writer’s block, well, you can guess the rest. Do not know how this will all work out, but we will see what happens.
This post illustrates how stumped I am! The WP Daily Prompt for yesterday, Sunday, was “Stump;” today is Monday! I fully intended to write something; God knows there was enough ideas, with it being 9/11 yesterday; the Sunday Scripture readings; the news! But the thought of struggling with a cranky laptop, or an ancient desktop (we are still using XP!), dampens my enthusiasm. Right now, I am typing this on an IPhone (Thank God, not a GalaxySE; do not want to lose fingers!), and my thumbs are not trained for this. Well, right now, back to the real world of work; and hope to do better tonight. Maybe.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that this is the first time I am writing a post for this. I would also share with that this is first post I have written in over a month! There was a time that I was posting at least monthly. That I really got into the Blogging U. courses. That I now am having a hard time coming up with anything to write about; to share an opinion about, or have the energy to sit myself at the keyboard. That there was a time that I had high hopes for my blog, but now I wonder if all the reading, the posting was worth it.
If we were having coffee, I would let you know that I am an ordained Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. I would tell you that last Sunday, I baptized three beautiful little babies (Two boys, and a girl), and welcomed them into the Church, into the Body of Christ. How I invited the parents, the godparents, and guests to open their hearts to the miracle that was happening before them; and be aware of the love of God they were witnessing.
If we were having coffee, I would tell that I need to get through this writer’s block soon, because next weekend, I am officiating at a wedding. I will be preaching a homily, and I need to write it this week. I will tell that I turning to the Holy Spirit, and asking her to blow hard and breakdown the roadblocks I have in my head and soul.
As I drain my coffee mug, I would tell you that I am typing this on one of the computers in the parish office. I have a desktop at home and an inherited laptop; both have had long service, and are kinda cranky in their old age. Anyway, I have go back to the church soon, to prepare for the next celebration of Mass.
I hope to be here next weekend, with another cup of coffee.