Sunday, September 30, 2012

Evangelization, Belief, and the Common Cold

I'm coming down with a cold, with the anything-but-perky mood that goes with the annoying illness. The first few ideas I had for today's post sounded, on second thought, like they came from a cantankerous old coot.

I'm old enough to fit the crotchety-old-man stereotype: but don't think that's an excuse for ranting. Or grumbling.

Sweetness and Light, Doom and Gloom, Getting a Grip

I don't think 'religious' blogs must be relentlessly cheerful and upbeat. On the other hand, I doubt that we need one more prophet of doom, gloom, and despair.

Actually, I'm not allowed to despair. (Catechism, 2091) I've been over that before. (January 9, 2012)

Knowing What I Believe: and Why

Knowing what I wasn't going to write narrowed the possibilities, somewhat. But I still hadn't found a viable topic.

I looked at the readings for tomorrow, which include that bit starting with Numbers 11:25. I'm not writing about Moses, either: but that prophet's experience reminded me of the New Evangelization, and the upcoming Year of Faith; which I've posted about before, too. (July 22, 2012; June 22, 2012)

Happily, my salvation doesn't rely on how I feel at any particular moment. I depend on what one very special person did, two millennia back. And - yep, I've posted about that before, too. Fairly often. (March 11, 2012)

One idea about evangelization - new and otherwise - and I'm done with this post. I think one of the first priorities is to understand what I believe, and why. And that's another topic.

Now it's time for me to rest, and drink plenty of fluids.

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