As I watched today's Vortex, I couldn't help but "connect some dots", as it were. Go back to my post regarding the "lighten up brigade". It has been my observation that this "brigade" and the population that Voris describes has a high degree of overlap. Might such folks be headed to spiritual trouble if they don't sober up? I have a bit of personal experience with this, having been wrapped up in what is still called the "charismatic renewal". I pulled away from that for many reasons. One reason is that I saw an over-emphasis on "experience". God never called us to have particular kinds of "experiences"; those experiences are at most ancillary to the Christian life. God calls us to the Church, the sacraments and teachings and to obedience to His commands. If we "experience consolation", well that's nice. But if we don't, then there's nothing wrong with us spiritually (meaning we don't have to "lighten up"!); we're being swindled out of absolutely nothing. In fact, we're in good company. Mother Teresa had very little of consolation; yet she obeyed God in a manner that I suspect few of us do.