My previous blog post was about my need to pray before writing a homily. I also pray before writing, and then separately before posting a blog. This weekend I have seen some rather shocking blogging going on with regard to one specific matter. Happily, to date, only one blogger has raised the matter but I fear there may be more.
I’d noted in recent weeks a trend of referring to the Holy Spirit as ‘she’. The reasoning behind this is the Hebrew noun ר֫וּחַ or ‘ruach’ is a feminine noun. I have pointed out to those with whom I debate the matter that when a noun has a gender it’s the noun, and not the subject. I always use the example from good old O’level school French of ‘la chemise’ and ‘le chemisier’ to make my point. ‘La chemise’ is the shirt, a feminine noun for an item of clothing associated with men where ‘le chemisier’ is a blouse, an item recognised as being associated with women unless it’s prefixed by ‘big girls’.
This has always been respectfully received and debated with Christian love. I entered into the same conversation on Friday with two priests. What followed from others was unedifying, I was shocked to the core.
Attempts to justify poor, unchristian behaviour have resulted in no less than three blog posts (to date) condemning one of the chaps with whom I debated the matter. So it made me think; has prayer been employed before these posts? Do I pray always before I post a blog?
I believe I do, but that’s believe, I am not one hundred per cent certain I always have in the past. In the past I have discussed this with my spiritual director, he has underlined to me the vital importance of making sure christocentricity is not missing from anything, anything at all, that I share via this medium.
I debated this with him, I asked how writing about my garden, or my shed, would be Christocentric, he told me as long as there is not a lack of love, I am ok. He reinforced this to me shortly after when I posted a blog, he text me and said “did you pray before writing that?”
I replied I definitely had, he responded
“well the devil’s got to your spellchecker”
There was a howlinging inappropriate misspelling in the post, thank goodness so few of you read this!
Praying before blogging is vital. Praying before posting is equally so. In the early days I neglected this on too many occasions and those blogs have been removed from An Idiot On Board. Today being Trinity Sunday I have implored the whole Trinity to help me. They sent the Holy Spirit, He helped me.
(I hope SillyPhyllis is motivated to mention this on her HCOOH feed)
Thank you for this post.