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November 05, 2007

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J.R. Stoodley

Jimmy,

Don't worry, I'm sure everyone understands.

I don't mean to be rude, but I hope you won't mind if I mention that boredom is generally a symptom of failing to do whatever God wants of you at the moment. Perhaps this was a time to devote to prayer by candlelight for a few hours.

Or maybe you did do whatever God wanted of you in those three hours and you are using the terms "bored" and "killing time" loosely. Obviously I can't know.

Randolph Carter

I'm just thankful that you seem to have dodged the worst of the fires. It is kind of ironic, though, that with the flames terrorising the state and all, that you would turn to a burning object for light.

Still, if you do find yourself bored, sitting around in the dark, then what better time is there to brush up on the ol' writings of H.P. Lovecraft! What better way to pass those long, lonesome, lightless hours of the night, than by reading tales of supreme cosmic dread? I, for one, would recommend that you start with "The Whisperer in the Darkness" -- that one is always good when you find yourself alone in a dark, shadow-sunken house late at night.

Alternatively, have you ever looked into purchasing a generator, or a flashlight?

'thann

I'm glad you're safe, but hurry back! I'm having Jimmy withdrawal!

Mary Kay

How frustrating.

But so funny to me that you could blog by iPhone. And yes, times like that are good for realizing how "plugged in" we all are and don't realize it.

Catholic Audio

It was probably one of your Secret Projects longing to get free. Maybe you should just set them free, already!

God Bless

Jamie Beu

> I don't mean to be rude, but I hope you won't mind if I mention that boredom is
> generally a symptom of failing to do whatever God wants of you at the moment.
> Perhaps this was a time to devote to prayer by candlelight for a few hours.
>
> Or maybe you did do whatever God wanted of you in those three hours and you are
> using the terms "bored" and "killing time" loosely. Obviously I can't know.

J.R.,

I was going to say the same thing. Sometimes I find myself at my computer doing nothing in particular (e.g., idle web-surfing), rather than doing something I know I should be doing.

One Lent, I actually gave up using a computer during my non-work hours (I'm a computer programmer), and it was amazing how much time I had on my hands (and how many emails were waiting in my Inbox).

Dan Hunter

Jimmy,
I will be in the San Diego area this week and I was wondering where I can find a Tridentine Mass for the twenty fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Could you please recommend a Tridentine Mass that you have assisted at in the San Diego area. Preferab;y a traditional looking and beautiful church, maybe an old mission church.
Thank you, and God bless you.
Dan

AnnonyMouse

Well, we thought something had happened to you till we heard you on CA last night. Glad you are ok, sorry about the black out and fires!
We have fun when the lights go out, but of course, there are several of us...not one. Good time to catch up on reading.

Monica

Well I'm here to tell you that doing God's will can be extremely boring at times. My vocation involves laundry for 8 people week after week, dirty dishes, cleaning bathrooms, etc. I do it because it is part of my job description, but I find these tasks tedious and boring. But if you want to tell me that if we're bored we must not be doing God's will I'm willing to stop doing these tasks and do something that interests me more! (Offering up the tedium may make it more effective work, but not less boring.)

Inocencio

LISTING OF LATIN MASSES in the UNITED STATES, CANADA
Episcopally sanctioned Tridentine Masses arranged by States
and Provinces, listed alphabetically

SAN DIEGO Diocese
San Diego Holy Cross Chapel W H
Sunday: 7:30 AM Low Mass; 9:00 AM High Mass
Holy Days: 12:00 Noon

Take care and God bless,
Inocencio
J+M+J

Mary Kay

Inocencio, thank you. I was about to look it up myself.

Dan Hunter

Inocencio,
Thank you very much and God bless you.
Also thank you, Mary Kay.
Dan

SDG

I don't mean to be rude, but I hope you won't mind if I mention that boredom is generally a symptom of failing to do whatever God wants of you at the moment.

Says who? What if what God wants you to do at the moment is to carry the cross of boredom?

Smoky Mountain

Great post Tim J!

DJ

Says who? What if what God wants you to do at the moment is to carry the cross of boredom?

Great one SDG...I'll have to use that on my wife next time she complains that I'm talking too much. :)

Esau

Says who? What if what God wants you to do at the moment is to carry the cross of boredom?


SDG,

J.R. Stoodley does have a point.

Have you ever heard of the 7 Deadly Sins?

In particular, that of sloth?

Boredom could well be a variant.

Mary Kay

LOL at Smoky.

Tim, er Jimmy, glad you got out of the wildfires okay.

Sven

Jimmy,

We don't get Catholic Answers Live in my area anymore. And you don't seem to answer many questions on the EWTN Q&A Apologetics forum nowadays. Given that you're such an excellent apologist (using common, yet concise, language) and that you're not a fey dandy like so many of the American clergy, I hope you'll write more about the essentials of Christianity. We need a counterpoint to Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, etc...

J.R. Stoodley

Monica and SDG,

There is a difference between tedium and boredom, or at least there can be. As I said it is possible Jimmy is using the word in a loose way. Sometimes we are called to do tedious taskes or even wait around doing nothing physically and if we use the time to pray perhaps experiencing dryness and distracion.

However, the classic "bored out of my mind" and "wasting time" ideas that Jimmy seems to suggest are a symptom of not using the opportunity of the moment. Certainly we should never waste time. We may be forced to fill it with something we had not planned, and that something may not be fun, but there is never an occasion to just sit around being bored.

Again, I don't mean to be at all judgemental. For all I know Jimmy didn't mean what he suggests to my mind, and in any case I've done tons of stuff worse than missing an opportunity like that provided by the blackout. I just think this is a useful thing to think about for anyone it hasn't occured to yet. If you ever find yourself idle and bored think "what does God want me to do right now" and then to the best of your knowledge do it.

J.R. Stoodley

Additionally I should mention that according to St. John of the Cross there is the phenominon of the Dark Night of the Soul (or the dark night of the sences at least, I have only read a few parts of the book) where you have lost all desire to do anything and in that utter stillness of will experience a kind of contemplation. Or something like that. I don't fully understand the concept, but in any case it's not what we are talking about here. I just figured I'd mention it because it is in some ways similar to the attitude I was criticizing.

Gabriel

That's okay. In the mean time, FOR ALL OF YOU BORED PEOPLE out there, this video about Christ's courage will surely inspire you:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5crbtwXYc1U

SDG

Great one SDG...I'll have to use that on my wife next time she complains that I'm talking too much. :)

The only problem, DJ, is that while it may be God's will for your wife to carry the cross of boredom, it does not follow that it is His will for you to inflict it upon her. :‑)

Have you ever heard of the 7 Deadly Sins? In particular, that of sloth? Boredom could well be a variant.

No, it could not. The most it could be is a possible side effect, but not necessarily.

Boredom is an emotional state of mind, not an act -- though it may, or may not, result from choices or from failures to choose. It is not and cannot itself be a sin, and can potentially come about through no fault of one's own.

As Stoodley realizes, we should be careful about diagnosing others with deadly sins.

If you ever find yourself idle and bored think "what does God want me to do right now" and then to the best of your knowledge do it.

Always, always good advice. Not being rhetorical here. Always do this. It is the path to peace.

JoAnna

Sven -- you can listen to CA Live on the Internet, as well as download previous programs in MP3 format, here.

Aristotle

Boredom may not be a sin in the christian god's book, but it is in mine.

Christopher Y

Sven - You can also go to iTunes and type in Catholic Answers and get 10 hours of podcasts a week for free. I listed to Jimmy during my commute.

Aristotle

It is a sad thing in our day and age that boredom is seen to be inversely proportional to the amount of noise to which we expose ourselves.

DJ

Aristotle: agreed.

Except for the case of my poor wife who has to listen to me..then its directly proportional. :)

SteveL

I have noticed for the last week or so only the first post is showing. Anyone else having that issue?

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