Coupled with the modern fascination with the Combox, we are confronted with a very ugly and hysterical mix at the moment. Even Catholic websites are taking part in this phenomenon.
Here is a challenge for all of us Catholics:
LESS CHAT AND MORE PRAYER.
This is an extremely important Conclave for the future of the Church and the Cardinal Electors have a real need of the prayers of Catholics. Let us not be drawn into facile speculation, negativity and that Glass-Half-Empty pessimism which is the opposite of Christian Hope.
One can hope that all Comboxes will be closed. That won't happen, unhappily. But try this for a Lenten Penance: next time you feel inclined to type something in a Combox, practise some self-denial. Leave the computer and instead say a prayer for the needs of the Church. Pray for Pope Benedict and pray for the Cardinals. Spera in Deo.