Why Be Scared?


Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, expose them.

——–Eph.5 :11


Welcome one and all!

The title for this blog is taken from letter written by Catholic author Flannery O’Connor near the end of her life, “Be properly scared, go on doing what you are doing, but take the necessary precautions.”

It seems to me that this is the right balance for Christians in our era–go on doing what you are doing, don’t dissolve in panic …but take the necessary precautions.

Precautions include being responsibly informed and battle ready for the culture war. The general idea here will be to play the observant child to the naked emperor. Help me explore the illogic of those cultural blips that are based on fuzzy logic or wishful thinking, not on objective reality, and often in utter disregard for truth.

Catholics–all Christians –ought to seek truth. We are people who understand that truth is ultimately the greatest charity, the greatest mercy. Be Properly Scared  will examine those cultural and political policies that reflect an errant culture’s emotive wish rather than an objective respect for human nature and the given order. A reasoned rant, if you will.

I’ve just read a paper by a favorite philosopher. His article is based on a Chesterton conversation. The Chesterton phrase that made me smile was, “An abominable darkness of brain,” and I’d use that as a tagline if there was a way to add it to this template. How apt. Our era slides deeper toward the darkness–a darkness of mind and spirit–that we call the Culture War. Our goal is to shine a light on that “abominable darkness of brain.”

As for the banner across the top of the blog, a setting sun, it is a visual representation of the finite nature of time. Today is the day to do something.


My most recent article, on Obama, is here

More info about this blog is here





Mary Jo Anderson © Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved


7 Responses

  1. There are some commands that show up in the midst of your text. You might want to click on your blog as though you were an average reader. That way, you can see what I mean.

    Good luck.

  2. Paulsa,
    I do not see it–even when I log on as a non-blog owner. If there are gurus out there who can tell me what to do, please do!


  3. MJ:

    Thank you for your invitation. I can see your blog in my Blackberry which is handy. I will put it in my favorites. Subjects that interest me are the erradication of gay priests and radical feminists from our midst and in particular the insistence by arrogant Chanceries in pushing TAT programs upon our children.

    God bless.


  4. MJ:

    The command that appears is this one: . I would not know the first thing as to how to fix it, but maybe knowing what it is, it might help you to eliminate it.


  5. I agree with everyone and love the inaugural post. Pretty soon Karen will be by wondering why there are no pictures, but we all have our cross to bear.

    My only suggestion — and worth every penny you paid me for it — is to harass the tech support people at WordPress until they tell you how to fix it.



  6. Thanks for the responses–question:
    Could it be a browser issue–I use Mozilla.

    I’ll nag tech support.

    Hang in here with me—thanks!

  7. i am in full agreement with david. gay priests have got to go. the pedophiles have the laity stuck with ‘splainin’ the unexplainable. im sick of being charged with the offense by extension.

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