Worshipping at What Altar?


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Growing up, I had a computer that wouldn’t access the internet, “merely” AOL. And by that, I mean an AOL from the little discs that were sent in the mail — not CDs, but those little hard discs.

When my father and I went to his university’s computer lab, with full-internet access, we both fell in for about five hours or so. Maybe more. It was just so easy. Almost certainly too easy. There was just so much out there to see and discover. We looked at nothing immoral, we just let the wild winds of the internet carry us onward, withersoever they blew.

And this was 1998, before there was Wikipedia or Youtube.

Growing up, I learned that we should pray two hours a week. One hour is Mass. The rest can be broken up over the other six days a week. Ten minutes a day.

Now, consider a moment the amount of minutes in the day you spend praying versus the amount of minutes you spend at the computer. Like me, you might find the numbers depressing.

Again, it’s only ten lousy minutes. In New York, that’s not even a fifth of my train ride back home from work.

So unplug your iPod while you’re on the train, or turn off the radio while you’re stuck in traffic, and please stop texting, thank you, and perhaps say a few prayers. It may be more constructive than cursing out the driver next to you, if only in your head. It would certainly lower your blood pressure.

The first commandment is to worship the Lord your God and have no other gods before Him. Let’s try to make certain that, at the end of the day, we are investing at least the minimum of time into God, lest we find ourselves worshiping at the altar of the blue screen of death.

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Copyright 2012 John Konecsni


About Author

John Konecsni writes under the alias Declan Finn, and has published a few novels at this point, Includingl, It Was Only On Stun!, a murder comedy set at a science fiction convention He also maintains a blog dedicated to his more important novel, A Pius Man. A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller is an anti-Dan Brown novel, centered about clearing the name of Pope Pius XII. The sequel, A Pius Legacy: A Political Thriller focuses on the Catholic church in the modern world. A Pius Stand: A Global Thriller has recently come out, finishing the trilogy. His 6th book has just come out -- Honor At Stake a Catholic, Vampire, YA novel John lives in New York, where he has grown up Catholic, right wing, and a complete and total nerd. After getting degrees in history and philosophy, he has dedicated himself to bringing Truth, Justice, and the Roman Catholic way to anyone he meets.... or at the very least, correct their misapprehensions. It's a full time job, and the pay needs work, though there are some nice benefits attached.

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