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Why You Are at this Website (or, “Has it Really Come to This?”)

Search engines are miraculous to me. In the beginning was the word. Maybe its a word you heard from a friend. Or it was in a movie. Or on a TV Show. If you’ve made it to this website, more likely than not you heard it in a book. So you take this primordial word, this word that existed before thought, time, loading & buffering have had a chance to influence your opinion and you type it into the browser. You take a leap of faith and press ‘enter.’ Then you end up at some strange new site that you would never have found on your own. Perhaps that is why you are reading these words right now. I know it is why I have ever read anything on the internet. I, like most Americans, am obnoxiously lazy about the research and recovery process. Were it not for Google, I would never use the Internet. Yet, here you are.
Did you get here by Google? Well then I congratulate you for choosing so meritous a companion to explore the digital labyrinth! Did you get here by Facebook? Then I congratulate myself for being able to pull your attention away from that mother of all modern distractions! In any event, you are here…Now what?
Well, welcome, I guess. I’ve never been one for introductions. I’ve also never been one for goodbyes. The whole formality of both is a huge turn-off and distraction. I don’t mind individual turn-offs or particular distractions provided they are disassociated. But the moment that a distraction devolves into a turn-off or a turn-off audaciously becomes a distraction, then its all over for me. And formalities are, as a rule, always turn-offs AND distractions…There you go! You’ve learned at least one thing about this website. It promises not to be a turn-off and a distraction. Which is to say, it fully plans on being a distraction but will make every attempt to avoid turning off your thoughts and emotions.
There are other Catholic Distraction sites out there. Let me list some of them now:
Whispers in the Loggia
Good Catholic
Bad Catholic
Good Catholic Mom
Bad Catholic Mom (Actually, I don’t recommend you search for this one…Results will be sketchy. Like distraction-AND-turnoff sketchy.)
The National Catholic Register (yeah, not certain I recommend this one either…though I’m not opposed to it) (woot!woot!)
These are all great sites and I fully support what good work they are doing. Quite frankly, I support any work that anyone does. Fr. Kyle and I don’t do real work. We are Catholics in New Orleans: pray, eat, repeat. That’s pretty much our life, except that on occasion we read as well. And when we read, we like to write about what we’ve read (but only if we can’t grab someone who is willing to discuss it over a meal). So these posts represent those times that we’ve failed to make it to a restaurant, family dinner or friend’s house first.
We want to share what we learned. Our loved ones weren’t close by with gumbo. Oh well: guess we’ll blog about it. It’s better than nothing. (Actually, the whole process excites us. I won’t lie: I’d rather be eating gumbo than writing this post. Still, it really is better to write than to do nothing. Infinitely better and more exciting. We only hope that you will find the reading of our thoughts half as exciting as we found the writing of them to be.)
Therefore, if you’re looking for insightful theological tidbits on topical themes, look elsewhere (at least most of the time, you will have to look elsewhere). If you want cutting commentary on current events, we can’t promise you that either (though some might slip through the cracks). If you want the latest church gossip or inside information about transfers in the episcopacy…get a life! Or just go to that Loggia website. In the end, we write about books. We write about writing because we like learning about writing. If this is labour, than it is a labour of love. Because Fr. Kyle and I are trying to learn about love as well.
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About Daniel Lacourrege

Daniel Lacourrege is a 20-something year old theologian living in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It is the best place in the world to be a 20-something. It is the third best place in the world to be a Catholic (Rome & Jerusalem claiming first & second).
His life has become one adventure right after another. Most of them start in a classroom or library, but very few of them finish there. He likes most things, but usually must be in the mood for them. The only thing he is never in the mood for is traffic.
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