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Almost Instantaneously

 

It boggles the mind, sometimes, when thinking about St. Francis of Assisi, that the speed of events or happenings is so much faster now, than it was when our Seraphic Father walked the roads of the Perugian hills. In the 800+ years that have passed, we came a long way.


At the time of St. Francis, messages were sent back and forth by courier. And these couriers often had to circumvent various skirmishes and perhaps robbers, so this couldn't have been a very safe occupation, and messages took many weeks to get from one point to another. There was no telephone, telegraph in those days. There were no automobiles, very few carts of any sort. Except for the rulers in any given region, the people were poor, and they would probably not even have a reason to send messages anywhere out-of-town.


Nowadays, messages go back and forth instantaneously. Hard to believe, isn't it? But there is a danger with all this speed, and that is, that people do not think things out before they send a message. An oral message can be nullified by saying "I am sorry" to the receiver, but a written message -- which can easily be taken out of context, when only a portion is forwarded or quoted -- that is of a more permanent nature.


Once in a while, if I cannot sleep at night, I turn on one of those all night radio stations. The thought here is that if it's boring I will fall asleep anyway. And sometimes that's good, because the messages that come over the air these days are often completely out of line. 


This world, and I am thinking about all these sad people whose thoughts and actions are bombarded with the daily barrage of moral decay... that's the type of satanic temptation that does extreme harm and is an affront to a loving God. The amount of garbage that comes to those who are unwise, through the Internet, is also almost instantaneous, and we must guard our souls from falling into the decaying abyss. For if we do not guard our senses, we shall fall, and fall far.


There is much good that comes almost instantaneously to us over the Internet, for example in research, medical situations, intra-company communications, and also religion, as for example all the websites of religious orders, and secular lay institutes. The website of the Vatican is a source of a great amount of wonderful data. So are websites of News and journalistic organizations.

 

The Internet is in many ways a great cesspool of immoral and quite dangerous websites and files, which are works of the devil. These sites which are bad for us can lead to the corruption of the younger generation, and parents need to be really careful how much access a young person should be allowed to have. 


God bless you, and be at Peace!

 

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