If you are like me, you have a love-hate-but mainly love relationship with the internet.
While Al Gore has brought us so much life-giving goodness (hat tip to the year 1997 for that joke), there are a few things on the intergoogies that have ruined the fun for the most of us. One of those things, alongside porn, comment boxes and LinkedIn invitations is Buzzfeed. Buzzfeed and its never-ending carousel of time-wasting listicles has effectively changed the way we consume information. It has brought us timeless pieces of news such as 15 Hedgehogs With Things That Look like Hedgehogs. And 18 Photos of Albert Einstein Being Super Chill. And my personal favorite, 13 Potatoes That Look Like Channing Tatum.
So in that same spirit, and more so knowing that this is probably the only way I will get traffic to these posts, I want to speak some wisdom into your life, from my heart to yours… in the form of a listicle. See, we Catholics, Christians, humans are good at a lot of things. One of them is not always being honest with ourselves. We say we want to live differently and we parade as if we are, but are we really? Truth, Beauty and Goodness, the trap doors, the primal desires of every human heart, have become blighted by things not worthy. The world is a beautiful siren. She takes our hand and sings us sweet melodies that gently lead us away from a wholly integrated life without our knowing. And this has become our normal. We have become OK with being different, with being our true, created selves, but only to a point.
This does not manifest itself more clearly than it does in our lived relationships. Our relationships reflect how we view ourselves, our world and our God. In that order. So from experience, some good but mostly bad, I hope to enkindle a desire in your heart to look a little deeper. Read along as I unpack this idea one myth at a time. An idea that I have been ruminating since the end, middle, and beginning of every relationship I was in since coming back to the Church with my whole self as a wide-eyed, young dude. Enjoy it and look out for the first post within a few days. That post? Myth #1 – You Have a Soulmate