I had lots of repetitive pipetting to do in the lab yesterday, so I got out my iPod and listened to about seven sermons back to back while I worked. Aren't podcasts wonderful? Like having a radio station that plays only exactly what fascinates you at every moment. The sermons were great, except for one that pretty much stated flatly that every decent eligible committed Catholic has a religious vocation. How could that work? I'm still trying to make sense of it. (Update: I guess that particular preacher had been looking at the flow chart Joe mentions in the comments.)
But anyway, in one of the other sermons the priest challenged his congregation to a certain difficult and praiseworthy task-- I won't say what. He said he wanted every confirmed Catholic in the building, no matter his age, to have made some progress within a year. He pointed out that all are called to this, that it's desperately important, that there's really no excuse not to. "I'm as serious as a heart attack," said he.
"Ha ha," I thought, "those poor suckers who heard that sermon-- now there's no getting out of it!"
Then it occurred to me that I was hearing the sermon too. Stupid podcasts.