…author of The Church and New Media, was very spicy. Before I link it, I just thought I’d let everyone know I’m going to be taking a break from blogging until March 26th. This is first of all a lenten penance, for you must know this work soothes my ADHD. Secondly, it’ll give me time to really intake, to inhale Christ for a while, via Thomas Kempis and Louis de Montfort. And finally, I need to be working on _________ which requires 10 times the effort of BadCatholic, at least 50 more people (if any of you guys spill, you’re dead), a great deal of cameras, boom mics, etc., a P.R. committee, and every monastery in the United States interceding for _________. You think I’m joking, but I’m not. Get psyched for the end of the Culture Wars.
So I’ll talk to you in a month! The Interview:
Chesterton popped paradoxes well into his sixties. Tolkien was 62 when he finished The Lord of the Rings. Your writing has drawn comparisons to both men, yet jaws drop when people discover that you’re only 18. How has your age been a blessing and a curse?
My age allows me to address topics in a way that the EWTN world refuses to. It allows me to manipulate powers unfairly granted to teenagers and denied to adults—sarcasm, exaggeration, provocation, and, above all, humor. The virtue of humor is that which will make a man listen, no matter how much he disagrees. (The only time you’re given the license to call another man’s mother fat is when you can make him laugh while doing it.)
Laughter is the great disarmer. No man will listen to you telling him that contraception is sinful, but if it comes as a joke, his heart will be more open to the fact than a year of preaching could ever achieve.