Thursday, October 16, 2008
How To Be A Catholic "Tips on a Clip" Campaign
Minneapolis, MN: A local IT worker and faithful Catholic has discerned the evangelical tool of the future: Clippy the Catholic Evangelist.
Tim Hellstrom says he has always had affection for Microsoft's products, but thought Clippy the Microsoft Word helper was underused. "I know it drives some people crazy, but I always thought it was clever and kind of humorous. So I decided to wed its reminder function with handy tips for living the Catholic life. And a little humor makes the medicine go down."
The free trial version (see sample above) focuses on encouraging Catholics to participate in the sacrament of reconciliation. "We know most practicing Catholics do not confess, and those who do make it a once-a-year trial. I think Clippy is trying to get Catholics to embrace reconciliation, maybe even by reflecting upon their unjust hatred of a mere paper clip graphic. The Lord works in mysterious ways. It's worth a try, I think, and people will enjoy getting a tip every day," says Hellstrom.
People can arrange the download of 50 Catholic Tips on a Clip for their Word program for $39.99. Hellstrom adds, "It's a great Christmas gift for your local heathen Computer geek."