Chicago, IL: "Noooooooooooooooo!" wailed a young Catholic twenty-something in cyberspace. "I can't think of anything at all to blog today! I have to spend an hour on the computer brainstorming when I really ought to pray, or talk to my wife, or clean the bathroom!"
If this is you, a local Church suggested you may wish to go the "nuclear repentance option" this year: give up blogging for Lent.
"I can't believe there are people out there suggesting anything this radical," said Associate Pastor Fr. Raymond Toronado of St. Antony of Egypt Church, disagreeing with the pastor, Fr. Timothy Reston. "I know it is typical to give up chocolate, or pop, or TV, but this is positively Jansenist. I know I'm not giving up MY blog for Jesus."
Fr. Reston could not be reached on his blog or by email for comment.
"It seems odd," added parishioner Bill Nahum. "I mean, I know I can give blogging up anytime I want to. I don't need to prove anything by such a stunt. Couldn't I just fast from food six days a week, or train for a triathlon, or something doable? The Christian life isn't supposed to be THAT hard."
Others welcomed the idea. "It's kind of bracing, like a cold shower," said a parishioner who goes by his blog's name, "SupercalifragiCatholic." "I mean, the martyrs dealt with a lot more suffering than this; if I can't handle this, I'm Christian toast. Plus, it's a little weird that no one in my parish knows my Christian name."
Pastoral Associate Joan Tyler announced the parish would immediately form a 12 step support group for those foregoing blogging for Lent. Despite heartfelt pleas, it will not meet online.