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Friday, 25 January 2013

The Potato Mind vs. the Mind of Christ

I do not mind liberals having good arguments but if they refuse to read or study, I have no time for such laziness of mind. The sin of sloth is a deadly sin.  We forget that this sin applies to the mind as well as the body.

Slothfulness is not merely being a couch potato, but having a potato mind...........stuffed with starch and mush.

Number one rule in apologetics, is that those in conversation with you must be open to reading the REAL teaching of the Catholic Church and not what someone may think is Catholic. Bearing in mind that the majority of Catholic adults are lazy and would rather watch television than read the Bible daily or read what comes from this and the previous Popes, I can hardly start a conversation with GenX.

The Millennials read. Yes, they do. They may be getting all their information on line, but they read.

I have been, as my Protestant brothers and sisters say, edified by the number of Millennials who are trying to find out what the Church REALLY states on many subjects, rather than what the lame secular or even so-called Catholic media states.

Not all newspapers and periodicals deserve our attention.

I shall know when there is a revival of the Faith in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland when I no longer see The Tablet sold in the back of churches.

That day cannot happen too soon.

When I taught Argumentation and Logic, my first rule of thumb for the courses was to teach the students to find reliable sources of information.

Go to the Vatican website, EWTN, and the many blogs on the side of this one. Go to the original sources. Learn which are the reliable commentators

Truth must be sought with a mind open to putting on the mind of Christ.


Anonymous said...

Gen X are hopeless; I'm one of them. We are the worst catechised (if we were catechised at all); and most of us have bought into the modernist lie. Unfortunately, Gen X Catholics had their childhood and teenage years during the worst decades of the Church's history: the 70s and 80s. Out of all the Gen X Catholics I know, I'm the only one who practises the faith. And there is only one thing that separates me from the other Gen X Catholics I know: they were put through the Catholic education system; I wasn't.


Supertradmum said...

LM, thanks for the honest and good comment. Most Catholic Education is neither Catholic nor education....God bless you for responding to grace. I would love to be in Australia right now and having a cuppa with you.

Anonymous said...

Well, let me know if you ever plan to come over. We have plenty of tea and coffee in the pantry!


Julian Barkin said...

Well that's not entirely true LM. I am a gen X (born 83) and I got private Catholic high school education. What gave me 7 years of antipathy to my religion was going away mon-fri to university combined with a desire to throw it away thanks to some family issues. I actually got reverted thanks to a spray from youth ministry even though it was run by someonw studying the near heretical Lonergan theologu. of those from my elementary who went to public school, most are C & E Catholics at best, maybe nomilal for a few. others are not practicing at all. public school isnt a saving grace It doesn't matter how good the Catholic education or not going to catholic school is. The point is that gen X is spiritually barren regardless of the education or system they received.

Julian Barkin said...

Perhaps then, Ms. Mrs E (?) we should focus on how to reach out to gen X? In addition to mention, it might be just me, but it seems like the millennial s have one big advantage: youth ministry. Generally I didn't know of any youth stuff or see ones at churches a lot until my 20's.

Supertradmum said...

Julian, most youth ministries do more harm than good and the Millennials I have talked with who are more trad have never been to one....Gen Xers are not open, I am afraid.

Anonymous said...

My experience was completely opposite to yours Julian. I reverted once I was in university, and my dreadful family situation was not an obstacle. Well, God moves in mysterious ways, as they say, and of course there is no 'template' for faith that we can just slot into. So each person's experience will be different.

I suppose what I observed among my friends who had been to a Catholic school was a certain antipathy to the faith, and opinions about it which demonstrated gross ignorance. They all carried an amount of 'baggage' which I have never had. I am not sure where you are but here in Melbourne, the Catholic education system has been notoriously bad. I hear the religious education curriculum has improved somewhat since the election of Pell in the 90s but that was too late for many Gen Xers.

Of course, one cannot blame everything on a poor education but nonetheless the training of young minds is of crucial importance.

Another grave problem is that of the liturgy. Even as a barely catechised 18 year old I knew there was something inherently wrong with the banal and irreverent Novus Ordo I was attending but could not articulate what it was. I wonder if the Latin Mass was available in the 80s when we were all teenagers whether more of my friends would have remained practicing Catholics. Just a thought...