On blogging in the spirit of Christ

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The Knight of Tradition’s post on the importance of blogging and/or using the internet with Christian Charity:

I would like to point out to our readers the following from the SSPX Asian District Website. It is our prayer on this blog that we may faithfully use this ever powerful tool of the Internet for the good of souls and the good of Tradition.  Certainly the Internet can be used as a  means to help souls see the light of truth.  It can also be used much more easily to spread gossip and rumors, to destroy one’s reputation, to scatter the flock, to confuse and destroy souls.  How great the penalty will be for those who were given such a powerful means and used it to trample on Our Lord, His Holy Roman Catholic Church, and good Catholic faithful!  May we all resolve to always use our blogs and websites to stand for the goodness and beauty of truth!

The Internet and the Imitation of Jesus Christ

(or wise advice for bloggers)

Book One, Fourth Chapter: Prudence in Action

Do not yield to every impulse and suggestion but consider things carefully and patiently in the light of God’s will. For very often, sad to say, we are so weak that we believe and speak evil of others rather than good. Perfect men, however, do not readily believe every talebearer, because they know that human frailty is prone to evil and is likely to appear in speech. Not to act rashly or to cling obstinately to one’s opinion, not to believe everything people say or to spread abroad the gossip one has heard, is great wisdom. Take counsel with a wise and conscientious man. Seek the advice of your betters in preference to following your own inclinations. A good life makes a man wise according to God and gives him experience in many things, for the more humble he is and the more subject to God, the wiser and the more at peace he will be in all things.

Book One, Sixth Chapter: Unbridled Affections

When a man desires a thing too much, he at once becomes ill at ease. A proud
and avaricious man never rests, whereas he who is poor and humble of heart lives in a
world of peace. An unmortified man is quickly tempted and overcome in small, trifling
evils; his spirit is weak, in a measure carnal and inclined to sensual things; he can hardly
abstain from earthly desires. Hence it makes him sad to forego them; he is quick to anger
if reproved. Yet if he satisfies his desires, remorse of conscience overwhelms him
because he followed his passions and they did not lead to the peace he sought. True peace
of heart, then, is found in resisting passions, not in satisfying them. There is no peace in
the carnal man, in the man given to vain attractions, but there is peace in the fervent and

spiritual man.

Book One, Tenth Chapter Avoiding Idle Talk

Shun the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion of worldly affairs,
even though sincere, is a great distraction inasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and
captivated by vanity. Many a time I wish that I had held my peace and had not associated
with men. Why, indeed, do we converse and gossip among ourselves when we so seldom
part without a troubled conscience? We do so because we seek comfort from one
another’s conversation and wish to ease the mind wearied by diverse thoughts. Hence, we
talk and think quite fondly of things we like very much or of things we dislike intensely.
But, sad to say, we often talk vainly and to no purpose; for this external pleasure
effectively bars inward and divine consolation. Therefore we must watch and pray lest
time pass idly. When the right and opportune moment comes for speaking, say something
that will edify. Bad habits and indifference to spiritual progress do much to remove the
guard from the tongue. Devout conversation on spiritual matters, on the contrary, is a
great aid to spiritual progress, especially when persons of the same mind and spirit

associate together in God.

~Steven C, “Knight of Tradition”
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