40 Reasons Why It’s Cool to be Catholic–Postscript

I hope you enjoyed my series of posts for Lent.  The whole idea actually started as my Lenten penance.  It was quite a challenge to post every day for almost six weeks.  Thanks to the Holy Spirit I was able to pull it off, even if some posts were written late in the day.  The original plan was to get a few days ahead to relieve the pressure of daily posting.  Sometimes I was successful.  Sometimes, not so much.

The question I’m asking myself now, am I a better Catholic today than I was on Ash Wednesday?  I’d like to answer in the affirmative.  I believe I can if only because some of the forty posts took a fair amount of research, so at least I know more now than I did on February 22.  I think that’s reasonable goal for everyone for the season of Lent.  Are you a better person, a better Catholic, or to paraphrase Matthew Kelly, a better version of yourself than you were at the end of Ordinary Time?

I also learned a lot from comments I received here on the blog, on Facebook and LinkedIn, and via email.  I learned that there are a lot of smart people who have somehow found their way here.  Many of the comments were positive and encouraging.  Thank you for that.  Some comments were negative and discouraging.  Thank you for that, too.  Some criticism was valid and I hope I’ve learned from it.  Some wasn’t valid and I learned from that, by justifying what I’d written in my own mind.  I takes thick skin to be a deacon.

What I did find a little discouraging was that some people will take any excuse to push their personal agenda.  Yes, I’m very pro-life.  Abortion and artificial birth control are very important issues.  But they don’t belong in the comments box under a post about a totally unrelated topic.  Are people’s attention spans that short?  Or, are they so wrapped up in their own particular issues that they’ll hijack any comment thread to get their thoughts out on the web?  My suggestion to those folks is, get your own blog!  People quickly lose interest in a blog’s comments when they go off-topic and never make their way back.

For now, I’ll continue to post here on a semi-regular basis.  If you would like to make a suggestion for another series, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again for reading/following my little dog and pony show.  Please keep us in your prayers as I do you.

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7 Responses

  1. Thank you for making my Lenten experience just that. I know you put a lot of time and effort into your posts. God bless

  2. Thank you for your daily posts during lent. I can honestly say I am a more informed catholic after reading your blog each day. Will keep you in my prayers.

  3. Have you considered publishing as a Lenten devotional for next season? I didn’t get to read them all and would love to have them “in hand” if possible. Just a thought. Thanks for the time, effort, encouragement and inspiration. Stay strong!!

    • Actually, yes I have. Thank you for the good words. At least I know I would have a market of one.

  4. Mike Buckley, I salute you sir and am excitedly following along learning and enjoying your faithful service examples of living the continuing chapter of ACTS, [nowadays version], gleaned as a Deacon. However, [and i apologize], i am compelled to take issue with one comment you made.

    To Quote you verbatim…” “What I did find a little discouraging was that some people will take any excuse to push their personal agenda. Yes, I’m very pro-life. Abortion and artificial birth control are very important issues. But they don’t belong in the comments box under a post about a totally unrelated topic. Are people’s attention spans that short? Or, are they so wrapped up in their own particular issues that they’ll hijack any comment thread to get their thoughts out on the web? My suggestion to those folks is, get your own blog! People quickly lose interest in a blog’s comments when they go off-topic and never make their way back.” ”

    Did you ever think that perhaps there might be twenty dozen other reasons why someone may interject what you “JUDGE” unworthy spam or off-topic when following that “Mr. Blowhard”, rule?

    Even, maybe that the Holy Spirit of GOD HIMSELF, may be trying to use someone that just stumbled onto your website, by HIS Leading, to open their mouth so HE could fill it with WORDS? That brings to mind Ohio/Kentucky HillBilly Men of God – Genuine Preachers, who say that “some folks wouldn’t recognize the Holy Ghost right next to them, even if HE showed up in a Santa Claus outfit”.

    • Joe, This is more an issue on other forums, LinkedIn for example, where almost any post on any Catholic subject, eventually gets hijacked by one or more people who want to push their own agenda. As I said, anybody with a computer can start their own blog (me, for example).

      I’m just saying that a conversation about Catholic marriage is not the place to rant about the all-male priesthood. Sometimes the conversations can even turn ugly, and that’s too bad.

      Thanks for reading DeaconCast.

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