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)