Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Trying Not to Get Caught in the Web.

Do you ever worry about how much time you spend on the WWW in the virtual world vs the real world? I know I do. On a daily basis I struggle with balancing real world vs virtual. Today I saw this book on the St. Anthony Messenger site and I think I am going to get it. I will report back to you after reading it and if it looks good, we can pass it around to interested bloggers.
Lord Jesus, guide us, lead us, free us to do your will.


Blogger onionboy said...

Tiber, as you may already know by my final post I've walked away from

I am keeping the art blog going because it serves a purpose (or will once I get my creative self back in gear).

Next, I have reduced my rss feed to the bare minimum which for me means people I consider to have become actual friends - as you see, your blog is still in my list or I would not know about this post.

Next, I shared my Catholic blogosphere addiction with my Confessor and, with my wife.

Next, I began journaling offline - I do seem to do better with the keyboard than a hard copy notebook (for now at least) and so I returned to my favourite software for such a purpose and now am doing way more writing.

I find the more I am away from it the less and less attracted I am to it.

That said - two things: had I never entered it I would never have met been blessed to meet people like you and, false humility aside, others have said the same about meeting me - no, really :) Secondly , stating the obvious, there are some excellent resources out there online so I don't want to become a self righteous Luddite. :)

There's more work to be done but this is a good beginning, for me at least.

::thrive! O

January 09, 2008 10:29 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Truly, the blogosphere has brought together a fine group of supportive people on the journey, and your blog was certainly a blessing to many.
But the addictive aspect of blogging is definitely an issue a lot of us struggle with, hence my interest with reading this book.
God bless you OBoy and please keep in touch via e mail.

January 10, 2008 7:41 AM  
Blogger Theo said...


I've no desire to foster in you any unhelathy addiction; but alas, what am I to do? As far as I can tell, my Tiber Jumper addiction is not unhealthy! :-)

January 10, 2008 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I'm not a blogger, but it's still valid for surfers too.

I'm certainly grateful for the internet. It was catching up on the news after the passing of JPII that led me to researching all sorts of Church documents online and ultimately put me on a path that took me right across the Tiber. And I really truly appreciate the friendships I have made with Catholics all over the world because of the www. Hey, I'd never have made your acquaintance without the computer. The internet remains a great source of reference material to aid in deepening my faith.

I do notice, though, that I have to be on my guard constantly to make sure my computer habits don't creep into time I need to do other things or set aside for prayer. And I really have to be careful not to get caught up in the polemics - especially the ones on liturgical matters - I find in the blogosphere. On one occasion I've had to make a beeline to confession when the nitpicking spirit had entered my spiritual life so much that it was affecting my ability to worship.

Last Lent I limited my computer time to checking my email and allowing a set amount of recreation time in the evening and actually worked out well. I plan to do that again this year.

January 10, 2008 4:20 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

The web does entangle one and it gets sticky, too. (gotta say, spider webs are just mind boggling, sticky silky thread, spun by one ugly critter...)

Thanks, TJ. As you know, I went through this same thing not that long ago. And here I am, back in the blogging saddle again! Maybe it's the occasional hiatus I need, or something, but I look forward to your review of the book, most definitely.

Also, to was wonderful to meet you in the blogosphere, and I believe it was through this prodigious blog of TJ's where I found your LM blog. I'll be visiting your art page often. You are both amazing men of God and have blessed me immensely! God bless you and yours ~

January 10, 2008 5:44 PM  
Blogger teresa_anawim2 said...

I have deleted and resurrected my blog a handful of times over the years. At times I get caught up with HAVING to post something every single day. It became an obsession and an attachment.
Recently I came to the decision that I wouldn't blog any more than 4 times a week...unless it took less than 2 minutes to compose.I am no wordcrafter, as you can plainly see, and it takes me a while to craft something even though simple to say.
And then there all the fine blogs that I am discovering..that is another story! LOL
I am adding your site to my blogroll ; you have a lot to say to other converts like myself (crossed over from the Anglican Communion)and to older Catholics as well.

January 14, 2008 11:46 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

thanks folks for all the kind thoughts. May God draw us closer to Himself in anyway that He sees fit, whether be the net or not.

January 14, 2008 9:26 PM  

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