Rebelling Against Entropy

…would also be a good name for an album.

It’s tough to be bored and truly Catholic. Sometimes I wish it were otherwise, that my religion would gently tell me, “sit back, relax, God is an infinite, unreachable energy that pervades the universe as the whole of our collective consciousnesses.” That would be easy. I could turn up some Jack Johnson, smoke a morally subjective joint and take a nap with that world view. But my religion – may it live long and prosper – demands that I listen to Switchfoot’s latest album. It tells me – quite blatantly – that there are angels and demons in battle ferocious over my eternal soul, even as I type. That I have saints as helpers, graces as power, prayers as weapons, Mary as intercessor and an infinite being infinitely interested in my infinite happiness. There are moments when I yell to the skies, “Tone it down, darn it! I mean, c’mon, glossolalia? Really?” But alas, my religion is not convenient, it is true.

And thus it’s tough to be bored, because unlike the drama of our day-to-day lives, there is no rest from the drama, the narrative of our salvation. And that’s a good thing, because boredom…well, it’s boring. The world, in all it’s shininess, is inherently bored and dissatisfied. Because our souls are eternal, temporal things – worldly things – will fail to fulfill. Because we were meant to live forever, cars that break down, houses that crumble and jobs that end, no matter how fantastic they are when we have them, don’t quite cut it in terms of being fully alive. I would go into detail, but CAKE sums up the apathy:

So – in order to satisfy ourselves we do one of two things. We might go the way of the world and keep a constant inflow of ‘stuff’. The rational here is that, if temporal things satisfy us for a short time, then always having more temporal things, always having new pleasures, new thrills – all this will keep us constantly satisfied. And isn’t that the same as being truly satisfied? No, if you want the short answer, because Mick Jagger can’t get no satisfaction, and if there’s anyone who’s kept the constant inflow of pleasure and thrills and temporal garbage it’s him. The point is, it doesn’t work. All trying to fill ourselves with the world will do is make us want more, until we have hole in our souls that no drug can fill. Not that my major reader demographic are heroin addicts, but we all have places in our lives where we try to fill the need for something eternal with something temporal.

So instead, cling to the things that last. In a world where words go out of fashion in a matter of months, speak the name of Christ. In a world that grows bored of a book after the movie has been made, read the Bible. In a world that needs an average of 2 seconds a clip to keep us focused on their music videos, gaze at the Eucharist in adoration. In a world where boredom seems inevitable, realize that it is a lie, that life is exciting, an adventure almost too great to bear.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15230524215323916396 Joseph K @ Defend Us In Battle

    "It tells me – quite blatantly – that there are angels and demons in battle ferocious over my eternal soul, even as I type. That I have saints as helpers, graces as power, prayers as weapons, Mary as intercessor and an infinite being infinitely interested in my infinite happiness. There are moments when I yell to the skies, "Tone it down, darn it! I mean, c'mon, glossolalia? Really?" But alas, my religion is not convenient, it is true."I have recently posted on similar subjects:http://bit.ly/huu6fbhttp://bit.ly/h4p8EAYou are very right, as Shea said, "It proposes certain truths to us not because they suit our lifestyle, but because they're true."I'm glad that our Faith is this way! We have our backs against the wall because of Sin, and God gives us the weapons necessary to fight off the powers and principalities! We know the war is WON, it is just a matter of making sure we make it to the victory celebration!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05813134112752832587 Marily We Roll Along

    "An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." – On Running After Ones Hat, All Things Considered, 1908 G.K. Chesterton.I love this quote and feel that it goes along very well with the last line of your blog. Everything is an adventure, when seen in the correct light. Every moment of every day is simply bursting with opportunities to show love, be unapologetically Christian. Now, if I could just remember this fact the next time someone cuts me off in traffic…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13523683273450353313 Subvet

    Well said.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15540363106412961699 Cassie

    Crazy. I mentioned Switchfoot in my blog post today too. :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09084493878291487336 Adam

    Great post. I found your blog a few weeks ago and I love your articles.But what's up with the Mormon advertisement always showing up in the "Ads by Google" section? I think I see it every time come to the blog..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12679230722483582032 Marc

    yeah, i dunno. catholic people click on it because they think mormons are funny, and google assumes that my blog must therefore attract mormons and keeps the ad up.


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