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.