Folks, I sense some people are trying to angle in on my territory of "Spiritual Diabetes."
First, I give you Mary DeTurris Poust, author of Cravings, a neat book dealing with food and faith. Hey, she's lives in upstate New York so that alone earns her a pass. Mary's a much more accomplished blogger than I am or ever will be. Furthermore, she seems to have struck a chord, not suprisingly, with her connection of mindful eating and spirituality.
Over at Public Catholic Rebecca Hamilton posted an appreciation with a few caveats.
Second, from the Neo-Neocon, a delightful but sobering read about snacking. What could possibly be bad about snacking? Well, LOTS. Without trying to ruin either blogpost, it seems Neo-Neocon and Mary drum out the same rhythm: food sustains us but at times we try to satisfy spiritual yearnings (OK, Neocon doesn't mention that specifically but the implication surely lurks there) with material consumption. Keep eating and all of the sudden we're stuffed but still hungry.
HENCE SPIRITUAL DIABETES.
I concocted this blog's title on a different consumption metaphor; thirst, not hunger. A sure sign of type II diabetes' onset is thirst, caused by unprocessed sugar in one's blood stream. The hunger has something to do with it, obviously. It probably behooves me to churn out a blogpost that lists the spirituality versions of "processed white flour and sugar" -- those spiritual forms, practices, and ideas that we "consume" but actually do more harm than good. A sort of "junk food theology" (to reference a course once taught frequently by one of my faculty colleagues).
And that would lead to some consideration of blogs like this that combine, as Proust herself admits, being Catholic and being a foodie.
Hamilton's consideration of Proust's book has a telling point: this comes easier for some than others. I'd bet Proust would agree that we each need to chop our own paths, and thus for some it'll be a smoother road than for others. Overall, though, Hamilton endorses Proust's work because she gets us thinking about the relationship between food and faith.
As the veteran of many a church supper, I agree: there's a lot to consider.
and Thanks to Fran for catching a couple errors! :/