I am not too proud to beg

10 09 2008

Hi everyone!

Having viewed other people begging on the Internet, I have concluded that I should get in on the action. I spend way too much time on this blog as it is. Now, I know that times are tough, and most of you probably have better things to do with your money than give it to me. So I am not asking for money. Well, not directly…

First of all, I have been reflecting on other religious bloggers’ private circumstances, and I have to say that if I am in a pinch right now, it is my own fault. Thanks be to God I make ends meet, but there is little room for anything else at this point. If I had a time machine to go back eight years ago, I would go back, slap that other Arturo upside the head, and tell him to get his stupid liberal arts degree and go to law school or something. But no, I had to give up everything, go to South America and study for the priesthood! And after that, I gave up everything again to become a monk, but all I got out of that is a kick-ass recipe for pumpkin bread and the ability to flawlessly crack an egg with one hand (it’s a gift). So here I am. I can give the now cliche justification that it was all a learning experience, and in a lot of ways it was. I guess I learned a lot by getting knocked down over and over again. At the end of the day, I have no regrets. But some days, it’s a close call.

Word to the wise: if you are young and looking for something to do with your life, do something that will make money. Don’t study philosophy or theology. Don’t study something “you’ll like”. You’re just going to end up doing a lot of things you don’t want to do anyway. All I have to say is: you have to live your life in this world, playing by these rules. Don’t expect God or Faith to fix problems that are of your own making. If I had known that earlier, I would have gotten an MBA. Maybe it’s not too late. But religion is not an escape from reality. The primary locus of your theological life are your duties of state. Take care of those and everything else wil fall into place.

Christianity is not primarily about studying things: it is primarily about living your life. Everything around you that you see, and even the eyes you see them with, will be burned into ashes when Jesus Christ comes to judge the world by fire. Gone will be the advanced degrees, the books, the titles, the pixels of the blog post, all of it. The main question will be, where will you be afterwards? How did you live now? Live life, live it beautifully, and live it happily where you are. You don’t have to move from your spot to be happy. This is the time. Grab it.

That being said, I have to say that if you like reading this blog, and you want to do something nice for me, buy me a book off of my Amazon Wishlist. It can be cheap and it can be used, beggars can’t be choosy. If you do, I promise to write an interesting post about it. If you are not comfortable with that, light a candle for me in front of the Virgin so that I can go forward in life. Or if you are not comfortable with that, give a quarter to a homeless person and think of me. (There is a story of Melkite Archbishop Joseph Raya, I believe, where he was on a street in Toronto with another priest. A homeless man walked up to him and asked him for change, and the Archbishop gave him $50. “Go ahead and get drunk and enjoy yourself!”, said the eccentric archbishop. I don’t expect you to do that.) I thank you in advance.

Also, if you are a regular reader of this blog and I don’t link to your blog, please let me know and I’ll fix it. Thanks a lot. Any effort on your part will help keep this blog going and interesting. I’m out.


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19 09 2008
Visibilium

My friend, your new blog doesn’t link to my meager blog, but that’s probably intentional, lol. I wish I had half of your creativity.

This posting hits a key point. As an Orthodox, I’m troubled at an attitude that suggests that since this world is fallen anyway, one should spend more time thinking about the world to come. God created the world for us, and we should feel more like owners than prisoners. Feeling like owners involves doing God’s work in government, finance, teaching, etc. with boldness, a sense of adventure, and charity.

I’d be interested in knowing your view of the Renaissance’s sense of the importance of virtu, and maybe you can devote a few words in a future posting.

11 09 2008
Solitary mestizo

You can be a televangalist or join Joel Osteen.

Can I wait until Christmas to buy you a book. (just one sorry I am poor too)

10 09 2008
Elias Zogbhy

Archbishop Raya was a great man of blessed memory.

He translated the Divine Liturgy in English and did it with Roman Archbishop Fulton Sheen and was in trouble with the Cardinal (I think in Georgia or Alabama)
He also was an Eastern Rite prelate who was active in the Civil Rights movement.
Raya is a great saint.

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