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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Best. Comment. Ever!

This comment is too good to sit in a combox just rotting away.  In response to my post on Ground Rules for discernment, my friends (real-life ones who attend my parish) had this to say:  

Oh...hold up a second! 

 If you're drinking coffee, or sipping something, put it down.  If you are eating, swallow.  I won't be held responsible for your monitor or keyboard, and I can't call 911 for you if you're choking.   

OK, here it is: 


I feel for you. This is a very personal matter, and your blogging about it is not an invitation for advice. I’m appalled that people can’t help themselves and have to overwhelm you with unsolicited advice.

I want to buttress your statement by offering the obvious; it is deeply insulting for some to presume that this is okay. I think it’s a sign of the inordinate opinion people have of their own advice. They are clueless. And I’m sorry you’re being put through this.

The best way to rid yourself of this scourge is to speed up your discernment. I would recommend a pilgrimage to the Grotto Shrine in Portland, OR. Begin a novena to St. Thomas Aquinas prior to your arrival, and fast for three days beforehand. Arrive on a Saturday, and only bring enough money to last for a day. Then vow not to return until you have your answer. I’m certain that this will provide the desired results.

Something that also might help is not narrowing down your options to strictly Dominicans. Have you ever considered the Carmelite order? They are wonderful, and they produce saints like crazy. Edith Stein, the Little Flower, Bernadette, Simon Stock, Elijah (I just found out about him this morning)… Hey, they are doing something right. Think about it. Well, unless you don’t like them.

If you’re still stuck on Dominicans, here’s an awesome community that you might have missed:

Those nuns are really cool. How could anyone not feel at home there? The best part is, they don’t have habits, except for getting arrested. Wouldn’t it be a whole lot more comfortable if you didn’t have to wear those heavy, itchy habits in the summer time?

Anyway, I want to be the first to wish you well on your pilgrimage, and good luck finding a kennel and house-watcher while you’re gone.
~ John and Dawna

ROFL! Thanks. And YOU guys owe ME a new monitor!


Paul said...

Very Funny. But I am a OFFENDED - The Grotto is Portland is a wonderful place. OK, I'm not really offended, but if you want to make a pilgrimage, you've got a place to stay and a ride, and you can bring the dang dog. Really, the Grotto is a Servite Monastery with both Brothers and Sisters. It's the National Shrine to Our Sorrowful Mother, and also a lot of devotion to St. Peregrin who is known for curing Cancer. No Special reason for discernment.

Praying for you.


Kiwi Nomad said...

hehehehee you do have some funny friends ;-)

Unknown said...

What? They just had your best interest at heart.

too funny.

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