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 19, 2011

St. Anthony of Egypt and Broadband Access

The life of St Anthony of Egypt was celebrated on Monday this week. He a was  desert hermit who left a wealthy inheritance to live without any means of support in the desert in the mid fourth century. His goal was to live in  complete solitude as a sacrifice and worship to God,  but over time he attracted followers and even a community of hermits started up around him, despite his protests. At one point the emperor Constantine wrote a letter to him asking for his prayers. (No Constantine didn't start the Catholic Church. It was already growing and flourishing since 33 AD , but I digress.)
    Our priest at morning Mass on Monday  gave a nice homily about the importance of "getting away from the city" and taking time everyday to be alone with God. He said we needed to somehow find a way to have our own  little time in the desert away from the city. It seems that everything in my life is constructed to take me further into the city and to increase my involvement- beeper, cell phone, social media of the internet etc. Now that Verizon is going to carry the iphone, I am even considering upgrading from my ipad touch which has only wi-fi connect-ability. This would give me instantaneous access to email, the net, news, fb, my blog etc. Will this enhance my walk with God or detract from it?  What would St. Anthony of the Desert say?  I think I already know.
    I suspect  that one of the true paths to sainthood in our generation should involve a complete lack of broadband access. But on second thought, I could see St Paul using Twitter to exhort his disciples and the 140 characters or less.


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