ASK FATHER: Are your podcasts on iTunes?

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:

Can your podcazts be obtained on iTunes? I would like to subscribe on my new ipod. Thanks!

Yes, indeed.

That said, remember that our world is becoming ever more dangerous.  I warmly recommend that, when you are out and about, you take the buds out of your ears and keep your eyes off those little screens.  Watch your surroundings.  Be alert.  Know where you are.  See everyone.

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12 Responses to ASK FATHER: Are your podcasts on iTunes?

  1. Charles E Flynn says:

    Yesterday I saw a young man with his cellphone a few inches from the end of his nose. He was paying no attention to his surroundings. He did not even glance up once. This would be bad enough if he were walking. Instead, he was on a skateboard, going around a corner on city streets.

  2. APX says:

    Charles,

    He was probably playing Pokemon Go. There was one kid who somehow was so preoccupied with it he unintentionally crossed the Coutts/Sweetgrass CA USA border crossing. How, I don’t know, since it’s a major border crossing you can see from miles away. He was detained until his mother came to pick him up. There have also been reports of people walking over cliffs because they were so captivated by their screens.

    I have never been able to get the iTunes thing to work.

  3. Hidden One says:

    Paying attention to the world around us is uncommon common sense, but there are certainly professionals in certain fields who are much better at doing it than I am. This leads me to the question, perhaps a silly one, about whether there is a course one can take, or a book one can read, or somesuch similar thing, in order to improve one’s skills in usefully paying attention to the world around us.

    [The most immediate option I can think of, would be Concealed Carry Weapons classes, the sort you take to obtain a license/permit to carry. Whether you are interested in carrying or not, these classes generally deal with situational awareness, deescalation of conflict, the physiological and psychological symptoms of high stress. There are more advanced courses, but that CCW class will get you into it. And, of course, taking such a class and even obtaining the license, doesn’t oblige anyone to carry! You might call the instructors of different classes and ask them about what they present and where you can find more.]

  4. PostCatholic says:

    I had no idea listening to a podcast could be so dangerous! From now on I’ll only do that from home, in the dark, with my sidearm in reach. Maybe you should discontinue podcasting, since they imperil your listeners?

    [Perhaps you were trying to be funny.]

  5. jameeka says:

    PostCatholic: Actually, listening to Father Z’s podcaZts have kept me from many a road rage incident during traffic jams. Not that I would kill anybody—(?), but the harm to my immortal soul is always a threat.

  6. un-ionized says:

    Hidden One, what you describe sounds a lot like mindfulness, and there are tons of resources available for that, just look it up. You can adapt whatever materials to your own situation. There are tons of stuff on it because it’s sort of a fad in therapy circles now but it is very helpful and is related to some of the things that religious get into in some circumstances.

  7. Y2Y says:

    “Yesterday I saw a young man with his cellphone a few inches from the end of his nose. He was paying no attention to his surroundings. He did not even glance up once. This would be bad enough if he were walking. Instead, he was on a skateboard, going around a corner on city streets.”

    The “Darwin Awards” come to mind here, particularly since most of those who are obsessed with their smartphones have yet to pass on their DNA to any offspring….since western society’s gene pool is evidently in need of a healthy dose of “chlorine” (pardon the mixed metaphors), perhaps this phenomenon is yet another example of the mysterious workings of Providence?

  8. benedetta says:

    PostCatholic, wow. Thanks for the loving solidarity. Nothing like ridiculing other people’s problems and plights?

  9. PostCatholic says:

    Perhaps I was. I urge you to make as many podcasts as you wish, unless they are a danger to others.

  10. Hidden One says:

    Fr. Z, taking CCW classes makes sense, but I’m in Canada, and they aren’t available.

  11. KateD says:

    Our bishop just sent out a letter encouraging “situational awareness” in response to what occurred in France.

  12. Okay, enough.

    When people start getting personal with each other, I shut off the combox.

    I’ve removed some comments.