I really hope this doesn't sound judgemental, because I am just curious.
When I am surfing the net, posting on forums, etc., it is usually when I should be working. (Like now, for example.)
I noticed you spend a lot of time online, and I have a hard time reconciling that with my image of the franciscan friar, out saving the poor and kissing lepers. What do your superiors think of your net addiction?
BTW, pray for me...prayers to St. Joseph that I become a model worker. I've got a long way to go.
Firstly it is none to charitable to accuse someone you know little about of being an addict. Despite that faux pas, I have taken no offence to your inquiry.
I have the august privilege of being the Director of Charitable Works for the Order. Not just locally, but around the world. I must, as a result, correspond with many people on many subjects, and Email is the fastest cheapest way of doing that. I must also do a great deal of paper work and such (as you can well imagine) filing reports and making reports and reporting on reports . . . . I must also search out funding for the CW we do. One of the fund raisers we do is Comedy./Mystery Dinner theatre - which requires me to be constantly on the search for new scripts. We also do a bi-annual Variety Show as a fund raiser for our school - more scripts and ideas to find. So I end up spending a lot of time on line - both work time and personal time searching the net.
ADDITIONALLY, as a teacher, a history teacher no less, I am always on the search for news and current events that will be useful for lessons, as well as resources and teaching aids - more time online. I also work at an after school homework/computer center. That job requires me to be able to find quickly information on a variety of subjects - more time online.
I also use the net to communicate with my family - since I live near none of them and I do not have the funds to pay long distance charges to be calling them all the time - more time online.
ALL in all I do spend a great deal of time staring into a computer, but still find time to read, attend services daily, travel to and from work, do my job’s, serve as RA for a house of college students/novitiate, catch a movie from time to time and to unwind discussing with people on THIS messageboard.