Everyone is a Winner
With the closing of the 2008 Catholic Blog Awards, the inevitable bunch of sour grapes will be passed around by those that are upset that they did not win, did not place as high as they thought, or thought that someone unworthy was first.
They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, He began to ask them, "What were you arguing about on the way?"
But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest.
Then He sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, "If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all."--Mark 9:33-35
Friends, it's the CATHOLIC Blog Awards so be CATHOLIC about it!!! If it's so important for you to be popular, go back to high school. As for me, I'll see you at the "Burn-Out Door" LOL!
But, you see what I'm getting at. I hope.
My Catholic blog brothers and sisters: It is an honor to be among you. There are so many of us and our mission is so important. I know I've mentioned before that online media (blogs, forums, websites etc) was EXTREMELY important to my reversion. I found answers in a community of strangers. Answers that I was not getting from the people around me. Bede, whom I mentioned yesterday, entered the Church at this years Vigil. Bede is a convert from Methodism who'd been lurking on the Catholic Answers forums for a few years. She was a seeker and now she's found her home thanks to the 'New Evangelization'.
Many of you have become friends of correspondence. Some of you live in other countries. I'm always deeply moved when I'm in trouble and ask for prayer that ANYONE even offers-especially people who never even met me in person. I'm including in my praise, those who make the blogs truly great: the readers-some of whom do not have their own blogs but we know them by their comment handles.
We are, many of us, strangers to one another. Perhaps, we will never meet in this life. Pray God our souls will meet in the next.
You are all so important to me. From the blogs with only a few readers a day to the blogs with several thousand readers a day, I'm so grateful for you sharing your joys, pains, sufferings, faith, wisdom, and spirituality with me. I know it's a lot of work to maintain a blog. Just a note to let you all know your efforts are appreciated.
In my humble opinion, the fact that there is such a strong CATHOLIC blog network is an occasion of rejoicing. Even if you feel like, as an individual you are underrated, never underestimate our COLLECTIVE influence and power. Collective includes: YOU!