I think this blog should begin with a confession, an admission, and a mission. The confession is that I have never done anything like this before, and am frankly a bit nervous. The admission is that I would much rather be teaching in a classroom than on the internet, but such is not God's plan for me right now. The mission is simply this - to share God's word no matter my limitations, for, with St. Paul, I confess that though my voice is bound, the word of God is not bound, and as pastor of St. Thomas More, I still must share that word.
I take as the special patron of this blog St. Peter Damian. St. Peter Damian (pictured here) suffered from a sickly disposition, and because of this, he was unable to do the work that he felt was proper to monks - work like fasting, and farming, and fighting every bodily urge.
In order not to remain idle, however, he began to write - and write, and write, and write. It was all he felt he was able to do for God. And it was enough. His writings confronted sinners, comforted the weak, and instructed the eager. Because of his writings he became first abbot, then cardinal, then Doctor of the Church. His writings, for him an admission of weakness, became his crown of glory.
I have no such high hopes for this blog. I merely hope to offer simple reflections. But, like St. Peter Damian, I feel forced into this, since much of what I would prefer to give to my people is not available to me. Through the prayers of St. Peter Damian, then, may this blog be an effective substitute for the teaching ministry that I would wish to offer, and a help to those who would wish to receive it.