Sunday, October 19, 2014

10 Things to Know and Share About the Middle Way

Now that Pope Francis has exhorted Catholics to avoid extremism on both sides, the Bear offers a few tips so you can be Catholic enough, without being too Catholic.

  1. Go to Mass every other week.
  2. Drive to Mass on the center line of the street, taking up an equal amount of each lane.
  3. Go to confession seldom, and don't get bogged down in a bunch of scrupulous details. God knows you're trying, no matter what you've done. (Yes, no matter what.)
  4. If you must read the Bible, only pay attention to "nice Jesus."
  5. Hang out with outcasts like prostitutes. (See No. 3)
  6. Do not read St. Corbinian's Bear (extreme traditionalist) or Women Priests (just a tad too progressive). There's always Patheos for good, solid Catholicism. (But not too solid.)
  7. Best not to read at all, except for Pope Francis' homilies. (That's why there are so many of them!)
  8. Rosary? Seriously? Put that time into community organizing.
  9. Never listen to an African. Or a Bear.
  10. Most of all, study Buddha. After all, he's the one who invented The Middle Way.

Can readers contribute any tips of their own?


  1. I'd recommend Marianne Williamson myself. Take her Course in Miracles. ;^D

    Hey, hang with the LCWR and do some anneagrams and mazes....

  2. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. Rev 3:16

    Mike Tyson "everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face".

    Nope. No middle way for me either.


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