“It’s funny because it’s true” is a funny line. But I’m not sure it’s an accurate one. Dilbert, for example, is often so true that I suspect its author has spent time as a fly on the wall at my place of employment. It’s like, “How does he know?” I mean, sometimes the Pointy-Haired Boss says things I’ve actually heard managers at my company say. Almost to the letter! This does make Dilbert prett funny, I must confess. But it also makes it painful. (It only hurts when I laugh.) As my colleagues and I like to put it, “Dilbert would be funnier if it weren’t so TRUE!”
But anyway…sorry for rambling. I guess I should read Byz Texas’s piece…to see if it’s as funny-but-true as Dilbert. :-)
OK, read it (up way too late!)…very cute and funny.
We RCs do have some zealous converts who go all traddie on us. Truth to tell, though, I’ve encountered them mainly on the Internet. The real-life converts I know are pretty cool. They like to start parish Bible studies and stuff. :-)
Orthodoxy’s traditionalism and appeal to men do sometimes attract John Walker Lindh lite types.
But the mindset isn’t limited to that church, to conservative ones or to men!
Once asked a vagante bishop (who when I last checked was sliding out of Christianity into neo-paganism and who has no real church following: no congregations and one or two friends as priests) who’d passed through the Episcopal Church if she ever was in their diocesan ordination process (where a parish sponsors you and your bishop OKs you and then chooses a seminary for you to go to – but you pay for it). Yes, she said; why, she was already in seminary taking courses she could have been teaching, she knew so much.
I thought, ‘The bishop and his director of ordinands must have LOVED you’.
O Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, thou didst promise to abide with us always. Thou dost call all Christians to draw near and partake of Thy Body and Blood. But our sin has divided us and we have no power to partake of Thy Holy Eucharist together. We confess this our sin and we pray Thee, forgive us and help us to serve the ways of reconciliation, according to Thy Will. Kindle our hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Give us the spirit of Wisdom and faith, of daring and of patience, of humility and firmness, of love and of repentance, through the prayers of the most blessed Mother of God and of all the saints. Amen. – Fr Sergius Bulgakov
O Merciful Lord Jesus, Our Savior, hear the prayers and petitions of Your unworthy sinful servants who humbly call upon You and make us all to be one in Your one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Flood our souls with Your unquenchable light. Put an end to religious disagreements, and grant that we Your disciples and Your beloved children may all worship You with a single heart and voice. Fulfill quickly, O grace-giving Lord, your promise that there shall be one flock and one Divine Shepherd of Your Church; and may we be made worthy to glorify Your Holy Name now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen. – Bl. Leonid Fedorov