Friday, January 13, 2012
The Priestly Version Of This Award
Patricia from I Want to See God has awarded me the Liebster Award. The criteria for this award are that it go to blogs with less than 200 followers. It is also intended to bring smaller and less known blogs to the attention of the blogosphere.
I thank Patricia for her kind words about my blog and also for her own blog which I found through another blogger. Patricia always writes from her heart. I love the picture on her sidebar with the caption: "May you be glorified in this place." That should be the essence and purpose of every Catholic blog; God should be glorified in them. He certainly is in Patricia's blog, as well as those with whom she has shared the award. He is also greatly glorified in the blogs I am about to mention, but before I get to that, I need to say this:
I am not always an obedient little blogger when it comes to these awards. I often break the rules. Here I go again, but only partly. When looking over my bloglist, I realized I have a few noteworthy priest bloggers, so I have decided to give mention and link to five of them. Where the rules get broken is that I have no idea how many followers they have for most do not show that on their blog. The other is that I do not expect them to pass the award on. That being said, they certainly do deserve the attention. In this day and age when there is so much criticism of our priests, I thought I would turn the tables and give them so encouragement and maybe one or two more readers. You will not be disappointed by your visit to any one of these priest's blogs.
So forgive me for breaking the blog award rules once again. What can I say~I can't help myself!
Please pay a visit to the following five priestly blogs:
Fr. Joseph Hommick's Making All Things New and Two Pillars: The Eucharist and Our Lady. Bl. Pope John Paul II once said the Church needs to breathe with both lungs, meaning that both Eastern and Western Rites should be known. Fr. Joseph is a Catholic Byzantine priest and monk who writes beautiful, but straightforward, no nonsense posts involving solid Catholic teaching. His latest book on Our Lady is a must read.
Fr. Mark Kirby at Vultus Christi: Fr. Mark writes beautiful reflections. I always come away from his blog feeling like I have just spent time with Our Lord.
Brother Charles at A Minor Friar: With Br. Charles you will get a little of everything~some insight into his life as a priest, his views on what is going on in the Church, and always good solid Catholic teaching.
Fr. Gordon MacRae at These Stone Walls: Fr. Gordon is a priest who is serving what amounts to a life sentence in prison. He has been falsely accused of crimes of sexual abuse. His posts are unabashedly honest as well as Catholic. You will even get a history lesson from time to time and a little humor as well.
Fr. Robert Barron at Word on Fire: This is probably one of the more well known and followed priestly sites. Fr. Barron's commentary on what is going on not only in the Church, but in the world at large is always informative and insightful. If you haven't caught any of his Catholicism series on PBS, do yourself a favor and try to catch a few episodes. He has brought our beautiful Catholic faith to life with this project.
So there you have it. Pay these priestly blogs a visit. I promise your faith will be edified. I thank these priests and all the priests in my life for their priesthood.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.