September 25, 2010 – See Where This Goes

So what is your typical Saturday night like?  Go out to eat?  Go dancing?  Go to a party?  Well for a socially challenged Catholic computer geek the typical Saturday night includes updating one’s church website and typing the blog that said geek did not get around to earlier in the day.  If you haven’t figured out the geek I’m referring to, well then you need to go back and read said geek’s 103 previous blogs.  Anyway, said geek does not really have anything specific to talk about, so I am just setting my netbook on my lap in my favorite recliner and we’ll see where it goes.

Said computer geek does need to make an admission.  Something has been festering in my life for months that has caused me to be in denial until now, something that has me caught in clutches that I have never experienced before.  An addiction so powerful that I know I will never be cured – I can only hope to control it.  Family, friends, cohorts, strangers – I admit it – I am addicted to Facebook.  In particular, the game Farmville on Facebook.  I   wake up in the morning and I thank God for another day, then I think “I need to harvest my crops on Farmville!”  Is there a Facebook anonymous in the area?  A 12-step program? 

In all seriousness, it is funny how we humans can allow ourselves to get distracted from the priorities of real life.  But at the same time I think we need to be distracted from the stress and wear-and-tear of our busy lives.  That is one reason why I enjoy watching sports – it is a great respite from the drill of everyday life.  God also allows us this opportunity when we spend time in church, in quiet prayer, etc.  Even in the gospels, there are moments when Jesus would go off by himself to pray. 

I have had people tell me that they try to pray and that they start thinking about other things and get distracted.  I admit it happens to me also.  I tell them to pray for the things that are causing the distraction that God will relieve them of that burden.  Now if you’ll excuse me I need to fertilize my crops (kidding, kidding!).

Especially considering the tough economic times that we are currently in, I continue to be amazed at the generosity of folks.  Yesterday I put in my one-hour shift collecting money for the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll drive.  I figured that some folks will throw in their dollar or spare change from the ashtray, but many will probably pass on by.  Not only did many people stop, many folks gave several dollars and a few even gave five dollars.  It seems like a small thing, but it says to me that many folks still have a big heart and are willing to do what they can to lend a helping hand.  That, or people really dig those Tootsie Rolls!

It has been a while since I singled out a group of people in our parish to thank for their efforts, so this week I want to thank the folks who are responsible for the upkeep of our cemeteries.  The continued improvements at our main cemetery make it a place to be respected and adored.  Our cemetery committee and volunteers do a wonderful job in the care-taking of this holy ground.  And I have to mention Steve and Derek Niermann who continue to volunteer their time doing the mowing and other upkeep in our original cemetery, an important piece of our parish history.  People are just dying to see our cemeteries (the last joke from the funeral workshop, I promise).

Finally, its hard to believe that a year ago we were getting  set to begin our parish mission.  Well, actually I shouldn’t say we, because I was dealing with health problems and was unable to help and participate in the mission.  That being said, I am grateful for the people who stepped up in my place in preparing for the mission, and I am grateful that so many people were able to enjoy the experience.  I am especially thankful that while still not in perfect health, I have progressed enough that I have gotten back to many of my activities, and I am able to utilize my talents to serve my God.  And I certainly have a new respect for the gift of life and good health that I did not have a year ago.  Thank you God for the lessons you have given me.

Thanks again for reading my random thoughts.  Time to enjoy the rest of my Saturday night.  Peace.

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