I think from now on Fridays…

…will be days where I do not write about politics or read about politics.

From now on Fridays will be “Faithful Fridays” and I will only write about matters of faith.

What do you think?

I like it. Friday was the day Our Lord gave up his life; we Catholics are still supposed to make it a day of sacrifice. For Friday I will not serve the fascination with news and news by-products.

Unless there is something fast breaking, I mean! :-)

Sorry for the silence so far. I woke up and prayed Vigils (Office of Readings) and then Lauds, and I was so taken with the readings, and such, that I just couldn’t find my way to work, today. Then I signed on and thought: no, not today. Not anymore, on Fridays.

Your thoughts?

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  • That One Girl a.k.a Bender’s Cheerleader

    Yes, please. And thank you.

  • Nicole

    I like it.

  • Terry Hansen

    As an Eastern Orthodox Christian, I could not agree more. The only problem is that I am so weak in the face of my passion for politics, news, the flash and dance of events. I frequently confess this passion and I do work against it. But the flesh is weak. Since The Anchoress is a daily stop for me, any help you can give is appreciated. Thanks!

  • Chris

    I heartily agree. Thanks so much!

  • mary’s hopefull

    Yes, thank you! I come to your site for solace, uplift, and good links + commentary on the political scene. And a day to forgo politics…good idea!

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Alas, I’m Orthodox, and weak in the flesh when it comes to passion for news too! But it’s a great idea, Anchoress. I’m in favor!

  • NY Mom

    Refreshing for us all. We already know the world’s going to hell in a handbasket; on Fridays we can remind ourselves of better things.

  • Beth

    Lead the way, Anchoress! …and I’ll admit here, I never thought of confessing the passion for politics. So glad I read these comments–will ponder them in prayer. To whoever shared that comment, thanks.

  • MJ

    I wholeheartedly agree! Thank you for such a great idea. With all the political stuff coming at us, I need some “faith-filled” time in addition to the regular prayer “hours.” Many thanks, I’ll look forward to “Faithful Fridays”!!

  • dry valleys

    Just as long as you click on the series of links I’ve provided today :)

  • http://www.savkobabe.blogspot.com Gayle Miller

    Go for it Lizzie, just as long as you still come out and play with us on Fridays! I deny myself certain pleasures on Fridays – like kicking attorneys where it will do the most good. But I jest – I happen to work for some of the nicest lawyers on the planet and I am deeply fond of several of them, despite them being demonstrably left-wing.

  • Rick Gibson

    I like the idea. I find myself increasingly repelled by the internet sites of fellow religious conservatives. So often, they are so negative, and so focused on bitter give and take of politics. Yes, we in the Church need to take principled positions and to advocate for them. But, we need to focus also on the eternal. We need to advocate for the purely spiritual. We need to do this, for ourselves (all of this politics is just so wearisome!) and for the culture, which badly needs to see what the non-political spiritual life looks like. All of us need the comfort and the refuge of the spirit. Write about that on Fridays; it would do us all good.

  • NanB

    I like that idea as well.

  • Maggie45

    I would think I had died and gone to Heaven if I woke up on Fridays and you had recorded Lauds for us. Ditto Vespers. (pleading smile on face)

    [Lauds AND Vespers? Egad...that's hours of work, for me as I am a technoclutz -admin]

  • http://www.abookofeverything.blogspot.com Brian

    I agree – good idea. By the time Friday arrives, I am exhausted by all the bad news i.e. politics. So – I will try to do the same – lighten it up on Fridays. Meet my wife after work, go to the Park Pub – order a personal pizza – go home – sleep – MC soup kitchen in the am!

    God bless!

  • Another Old Catholic

    Yes, please, what a wonderful idea! I don’t eat meat anymore so a Friday news “fast” would be a real, and needed, sacrifice. Thank you for thinking of it.

  • Aleeta

    I’m all in favor of “Faithful Friday”! I think the sentiment of everyone is that we all would look forward to it – and hopefully grow in faith and love! Have a great weekend.

  • Sr. Dorcee Clarey

    I would look forward to your Friday posts (as well as your others, of course :-).

  • jill e

    For Fridays:

    Give me the grace, good Lord, to set the world at naught; to set my mind fast upon Thee and not to hang upon the blast of men’s mouths. To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly company, but utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of the business thereof.
    —St. Thomas More

  • mad folly

    Excellent idea. I gave up all news and television for Lent once. One of the best things I’ve ever done.

  • Claudia

    The news junkie in my head is whining”But…but…thats the document dump day from the White House…” but I am ignoring her and following your lead Anchoress. I post on my local paper and Fridays will be dedicated to pro-life, Catholic style.
    Thank you for the wonderful idea.

  • kelleybee

    Faithful Friday to help regenerate my soul, frayed and fried by the news and cares of the world. I won’t pass up this opportunity, dear A. Add Holy Mass, Adoration and a bit of a fast. Sounds just right.

  • Kathleen

    Thank you. God bless.

  • dellbabe68

    Wonderful!

  • Yoda

    I think after the craziness that a week of work and the world brings us, yes, a day to reflect on our faith is much needed.l

  • Susan K.

    If you have the self-discipline to just focus on faith on Fridays, I am with you. We can come to this “well,” among others, to be refreshed in the faith and the faithfulness of God. By the end of the week and in preparation for the Lord’s Day, I need refreshing.

  • Jo Anne

    Yes, Anchoress, this is a wonderful idea. We can put the “G” back in TGIF. Amen!

  • Eleanor McGovern

    Thank God, an answer to my prayer. I’ve been anguishing about my fascination with TV news & politics since 9/11. You have now inspired me to fast on Fridays in communion your other readers, for rest, and peace of mind and soul throughout the world. Loved the St. Thomas More Prayer! What an oasis of peace Faithful Fridays will be! Thank you.

  • Catholic Greta

    While I would normally agree that this makes sense, we are in such a dangerous time that you might remember that we now have an administration that is going after many important parts of our faith. I would rather see someone of your talent pick the day that seems to be best for you and for the cause of exposing the tendencies of this administration to destroy the country to remake it in his own image. I remeber that some were critical of Christ for doing work on the sabbath. When you are fighting the trends of this administration and of his radical party on such important issues as saving the children of God from being butchered, one might expect to hear Christ calling not for less work, but for more.
    Some of your recent posts show the efforts to silence protest at this critical time and to try to endoctriante our children to Obama worship. You have a unique talent that brings new insight on these important issues. Rest on the sabbath. If we are silent in the face of this evil, even the stones will cry out.

  • Dee

    Perhaps on Fridays you can share installments or meditations from your retreat experiences. I love your writing and identify with your “eyes in the mud” description of your spiritual state..take us all to the edge of our darkness and point.

  • Mutnodjmet

    Anything that allows you to sustain yourself in this tumultuous time is a good thing. I find myself learning much by reading your faith-based posts, so I like your idea very much.

  • Tracy

    I too agree. I had found myself dragging through the mud and muck of a lot of Catholic political sites and thinking to myself that I need to get back to God and away from all the bitterness and nastiness. It’s becoming more about out-shouting each other than reaching for God and his Merciful Love.

    Thank you very much for all your hard work!


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