In today’s readings, the author of the Letter to the Hebrew is speaking to a people who have grown weary with the demands of Christian life and a growing indifference to that calling as other longings and desires have begun to draw their attention away from the centrality of Christ in their lives. And so the power rhetoric of the letter begins:
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways
to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he spoke to us through the Son,
whom he made heir of all things
and through whom he created the universe
Ben Smith of the New York Times, formerly a founder and principle at BuzzFeed, penned a fascinating article that followed the morphing of a BuzzFeed employee (at one time) to his participation in the insurrection at the Capital. Smith writes, “Still, it’s not clear what Mr. Gionet actually believes, if anything.” And yet the young man views himself as an internet influencer driven to monetize his channels (at the least the ones from which he is not yet banned).
You might have noticed that I seem to be focused on conscientia informata, or morally operating from an informed conscience – something beyond opinion or even conscience. It is a basic duty of every Christian, as outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. I think it is a required skills and disposition for every Christian who operates in the public square or in private.
You have perhaps read in the news that the Twitter-alternative for the very-to-ultra-conservative voices, as well as Alt-Right, Parler, will go “dark” on Monday. Parler used Amazon’s AWS cloud to host it services. As well, the principle mobile app stores (Google and Apple) no longer have Parler’s app as a download. Parler needs to find an alternative large scale hosting service, port their data from AWS, rebuilt the core of the database, and find alternatives for downloading the app. They have the financial backing from like-minded deep pockets. And don’t assume that those “deep pockets” are aligned politically with the views on Parler. More on that later.