Obsessed Fanboy writes…

I know you are an extraordinarily busy man and I will not be offended in the least if you choose not to respond to this email. That said, I’ve run into a situation in my personal spiritual life that I’m hesitant to address on my own. If you deign to, would you mind answering some questions for me?

I won’t actually go into the situation at hand unless you ask. It would be kinda lengthy. Suffice to say that I got really into a certain TV Show (think “hopeless fanboy”) and it’s got me wondering what constitutes being *too* into worldly things and what the appropriate way to enjoy worldly things is, if there is an appropriate way. Is being an obsessed fanboy a bad thing? Should I try to dial things back a bit, or even step away from the show for good?

I don’t think there’s a one size fits all approach.  I think you basically have to ask yourself if it’s cutting into interfering with your duties to love God and neighbor in rightly ordered ways.  If not, pray and ask to be shown how Jesus would order his time and try to imitate that, come as what may.  You might talk to a to a spiritual director or confessor and get some outside input.  Beyond that, I’m reluctant to give advice because I’m not a spiritual director or moral theologian, nor do I play one on the internet.  So I’m loath to give free advice, particularly about things I don’t have much personal experience with.

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