Friday, August 12, 2011

A Nerdy Interest in God and His Creation?

I suspect most bloggers get those 'grate post, you certainly informed me' comments, with a link back to some hair care product retailer, or generic pharmaceuticals supplier, or whatever.

Other comments are - odd. Matthew Warner wrote about blog comments last year: which gave me fodder for three posts. One of them in this blog. (June 11, 2010)

Most folks leave short, conversational, comments. That's in blogs that I follow, and mine: Your experience may vary. That's fine - and sometimes makes the comment string read like a casual conversation.

Sometimes I leave a comment that's - not short. Like the one in a post on Catholic Dads:
The post's partly about wanting to get closer to God - and worth reading, I think.

When I was done on Catholic Dads, I realized that I'd written a comment almost long enough to be a post by itself. Since I'm still recovering from the Catholic Marketing Network trade show, and running out of 'today' for today's tasks, I figured I'd copy my comment and paste it here.

Nerdy About God?


Thanks for sharing that.

I'm "people who 'grew up' somewhere." The Red River Valley of the North, on the Minnesota side, specifically. That life has its advantages: as does your background.

Good point, about our being "wayfarers and strangers in a strange land."

Now, the question: "Have you ever desired God?" Good discussion, I think, of prayer, desire for God, and all that.

Truthfully, though, I don't think I've *ever* had that "deep, keening longing that feels as if it can never be slaked except by an even more overwhelming Presence." It's not that I don't 'really' believe: at least, I don't think so.

But those intense 'mountain top' emotional experiences I've read about in 'lives of the Saints' books? Sure, I've 'felt the presence of God' when the Host is consecrated - no big surprise, considering that the Second Person of the Trinity had arrived. I've gotten homesick for the place I'm not at yet. But a sort of overwhelming emotional rush? No.

On the other hand, I've got a sort of nerdy fascination with God's creation - and a sense of wonder at what the Creator's making.

I suppose it'll do for now.
(comment on "24:15 Tumbleweed")

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From time to time, a service that I use will display links to - odd - services and retailers.

I block a few of the more obvious dubious advertisers.

For example: psychic anything, numerology, mediums, and related practices are on the no-no list for Catholics. It has to do with the Church's stand on divination. I try to block those ads.

Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

Bottom line? What that service displays reflects the local culture's norms, - not Catholic teaching.