Friday, October 30, 2009

The Canticle of Brother Slug

The title of this blog is a working title. I'm not sure if I will keep it, or try something else.

One title I've considered is The Canticle of Brother Slug.

It's reference to the joking title I had for my autobiography, A Slug Among Weeds (a play off Father Thomas Green's Weeds Among the Wheat). I'd even considered that as a title for this blog.

"Canticle" is an obvious homage to Father Francis's "Canticle of Brother Sun."

"Brother" - well he did refer to many things as his Brothers or Sisters. He referred to his own body as Brother Ass.

And "Slug"? A slug is of course the slimy critter, which is the way I feel about myself at times. It also has slang meanings, including "A self-indulgent person who spends time avoiding work or other useful activity."

In other words, a lazy soul like me who wastes his time doing less important things. Like blogging!

Pax et bonum

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Falling short

I was told of a 6:25 daily Mass at a nearby parish. The parish is on my way to work, which made it convenient and easy.

Well, not so easy.

I went almost daily for a while, but lately I've found myself not getting ready in time to make it.

One of the issues is the internet.

I was blogging, commenting, and reading so much in the morning that I would run late. I began to wonder if I was putting blogging above the chance to worship and pray.

So I stopped my main blog for now. (That was one of the reasons, anyway).

Yet I still keep on missing.

Some mornings it's okay. Monday, I simply overslept. My body must have needed sleep.

Yesterday, I was working on a worksheet for school. Okay.

But too many mornings it's because I'm reading blogs, writing comments, wasting time still.

I'm not required to go to daily Mass, but it's good for my soul.

As for today ... I will post this, eat, and get in the shower. I WILL make it to Mass.

Pax et bonum

Monday, October 26, 2009

Formation thoughts

Last night (October 23) was not a formation night. I was back with the main group talking about some writings of St. Francis.

We also heard some sharing about formation - and the length of the process for some people. Six or seven years. I remember thinking that if that's how long it will take for me, then maybe God wants me to learn patience.

But at the end of the meeting, the formation director said that he was hoping to move me along quickly - perhaps two years.

I will do whatever I'm asked to do.

I was also asked about ending my View from the Choir blog.

Publicly I have for now. But I hope to keep writing posts that are more reflective, more spiritual in nature. More of an online spiritual diary. I might publish these posts some day. Or I might start another private blog - such as this one. I may simply keep the posts here. I don't know yet.

But I do know I want to move away from the public issue debates - along with their temptations to argue and to get angry.

Pax et bonum