Thursday, January 06, 2011

welcome to my blog. play nice...

... "If you frequently find yourself losing your cool in discussions at certain blogs, stop commenting on them. If you try that and don’t succeed, stop going to certain blogs altogether. It is the sin of pride that convinces us that we must engage certain people in order to show them the truth. The fact is that people who can’t engage each other productively force one another away from the truth, not towards it. The Holy Spirit has more instruments than just you."

Now take off your home made tin foil mitre and back away from the keyboard; but not before reading all 10 Suggestions For a Better Catholic Blogosphere in 2011.

11 comments:

Cruise the Groove. said...

I do understand that we must be civil and respectful with our discourse with others on weblogs or in other aspects of real life, but there are two Spiritual Works of Mercy given to us by God, that state:
"Admonish the Sinner."
"Instruct the Ignorant."
And these works of mercy cannot be dismissed.
And again, of course, these works, like any works of mercy must be done in a spirit of good will and truth.

M said...

Ok, bring 'em on! Let's have some good 'ol veritatem in caritate.

Bad Catholic said...

I like it when I get hate mail on a blog post. It lets me know that somebody who cares is actually reading the stuff!

Gregory said...
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Saint Michael Come To Our Defense said...

Once there were lost islands, but most of them have been found; once there were lost causes, but many of them have been retrieved; but there is one lost art that has not been definitely recovered, and without which no civilization can long survive, and that is the art of controversy.

The hardest thing to find in the world today is an argument. Because so few are thinking, naturally there are found but few to argue. There is prejudice in abundance and sentiment too, for these things are born of enthusiasms without the pain of labor.

Thinking, on the contrary, is a difficult task; it is the hardest work a man can do—that is perhaps why so few indulge in it. Thought-saving devices have been invented that rival laborsaving devices in their ingenuity. Fine-sounding phrases like “Life is bigger than logic” or “Progress is the spirit of the age” go rattling by us like express trains, carrying the burden of those who are too lazy to think for themselves.

Not even philosophers argue today; they only explain away.

A book full of bad logic, advocating all manner of moral laxity, is not refuted by critics; it is merely called “bold, honest, and fearless.” Even those periodicals that pride themselves upon their open-mindedness on all questions are far from practicing the lost art of controversy. Their pages contain no controversies, but only presentations of points of view. These never rise to the level of abstract thought in which argument clashes with argument like steel with steel, but rather they content themselves with the personal reflections of one who has lost his faith, writing against the sanctity of marriage, and of another who has kept his faith, writing in favor of it.

Both sides are shooting off firecrackers, making all the noise of an intellectual warfare and creating the illusion of conflict, but it is only a sham battle in which there are plenty of explosions but never an exploded argument...

the Decline of Controversy,Archbishop Sheen.

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Tito Edwards said...

Good stuff.

I did my part by stop reading Vox Nova over two years ago.

I've become less ornery and my hair has grown back (almost).

Terry Nelson said...

Blow it out your - hey Hon! Happy New Year!

Rick said...

Hey Kat, Here's a source for your blog. http://badvestments.blogspot.com/

And re: playing nice, I was born nice.

Dymphna said...

I don't want a "better" Catholic blogosphere. I like a rock em, sock em discussion. The Candyland Catholics have their thing, the CINOS have their thing, the Trads have theirs and the great timid middle have theirs. Nicey Nice is boring.

Denita said...

I read them. Good advice. Now all we have to do is follow it. ^-^

Lynne said...

Ugh! I saw where the linked article is from. I *never* read Vox Nova... I do not have high blood pressure and I'd like to keep it that way. And I'm with Dymphna.