I began this blog about six weeks ago without anyone who knows me knowing I did so. They still don’t. I haven’t told a soul personally what I have begun to do. It is astounding to me that so many people have found the blog, and a few even come back. I have had people say some very encouraging things because of how I touched them, and I am very moved to have done so, profoundly. The offers of your prayers for me have meant to me more than you will ever really know, and I have been able to pray for you. How cool is that?
Another thing that has really hit home is that people from around the world have given their time to spend with what I have shared here. It is so easy to think that what I have written is for Americans, but I quickly became aware that people from around the world are finding their way here. Of course that makes sense since this blog is mainly about concerns that Catholics share, and we are the universal – – – the Catholic – – – Church. But being Catholic here in America is not the same as in Japan, or the UK, places from which readers have made their way to me. In addition to them, Australians, Canadians, Germans, South Africans, Singaporeans and many other nationals have made their way as well. Yet, even though my perspective is an American perspective, the issues for the most part are those that affect the Church all around the world.
I have always understood that we are the universal Church, but this has become a more personal understanding than I had before I began this. If I get nothing more personally from this exercise, I can never forget how much more real that sense of brotherhood and sisterhood, of a Catholic family, of belonging to something so widespread, I have been given. We come in all colors, we speak a wide variety of languages, we come from various cultures, yet we are one family. How cool is that?!
Besides the Catholics who’ve found the blog, I have also made connections with other denominations and faiths, whose blogs I now follow and gain new perspectives and valuable insights. My grandfather was a Baptist, yet I have learned more about being a Baptist from a couple of newfound bloggers than I ever did from him, or from that side of the family. Thank you. I want to note that I commented on one of those blogs, and someone lashed out at me calling me, apparently, a heretic. The man who runs the blog scolded the writer, refused to post what was submitted because of the attack on me, and told the writer that it was unacceptable. While I appreciate that, I have also appreciated his excursions into scripture passages very much. All of that because I chose to raise my own voice.
I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have taken your valuable time to spend some with me here, and for sharing your blogs with me as well.
Finally, some blogs have allowed me to share a link to my content on their blog which allowed people to find their way here. That has made me realize that there is a symbiotic relationship in a sense between the blogs, that we can write about a common issue but with varying perspectives that can round out the picture for those who read them. I would assume that people would be competitive, but it is the opposite, because we share a common love of the Faith.
And we’ve only just begun . . .