Why Another Blog, Anyway?

As a newcomer to the world of social media, I had to decide on the purpose of my blog and web site. It struck me today, while jogging on the treadmill, that this purpose might not be self-evident.

As you might expect from the site name, my motivation is one of gratitude. And yes, I’m a convert to the Catholic Church. As I have said in many of the talks I’ve given in the past, being raised Catholic is sort of like growing up in a wealthy family. There is treasure all around, but it’s easy to take for granted. Those of us who are converts, on the other hand, often feel like we’ve been adopted by a wealthy family, and can’t believe our luck.

So as a grateful convert, my purpose is simply this: to encourage you. To encourage gratitude. For those who are interested in Catholicism, to encourage conversion. This is why I wrote my forthcoming book, “Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint” (due for release next spring). Integrating our faith into every aspect of our lives is a lifelong process, and very often, I’m writing to encourage myself right along with everyone else!

One of the great joys in traveling this path is discovering an entire world of outstanding web sites and Catholic bloggers. One I came across recently is The Integrated Catholic Life, recommended by my friend and fellow Legatus member Tom Peterson, the spiritual entrepreneur behind the stellar Catholics Come Home advertising and web site effort.

Although there are too many to list here, check out my web site links for a list of some of my favorite Catholic authors, bloggers and organizations. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to write, and hope some of these posts achieve their intended purpose. I owe a particular debt of gratitude to Greg Erlandson and Our Sunday Visitor for taking a chance on my first book, and who introduced me to my young friend Brandon Vogt, who has (at age 25) already orchestrated his first book, The Church and New Media, due out this August. Brandon is an impressive individual, look for him to go places.

With that, I hope you’ll join me on this journey, and welcome any comments you may have. Thanks for your time, I’ll do my best to make it worth your while.