Patheos is celebrating its fifth anniversary, which is more like its 35th anniversary in dog years.
I don’t recall when I first became aware that Patheos was a thing, but it was probably around the time the Anchoress moved her blog there. I didn’t read the Anchoress much then; she seemed to write mostly about political issues that bored me, but once in a while I’d follow an interesting link over to her blog.
And then, back in 2012 Julie Davis invited me to contribute to Happy Catholic’s Bookshelf, a new blog to be hosted at Patheos. She wasn’t moving her blog there, precisely; but she was posting her book reviews there as well as at her own blog, and invited a number of us to help her out. And that’s how I got my foot in the door, and began to get to know a bunch of neat folks. And that’s really the biggest effect Patheos has had on my life: the collection of Catholic bloggers the Elizabeth Scalia has gathered together has become a true community for me. Not the only Christian community I belong to, I hasten to say, but an important one, and one I do not take for granted.
And then, last October, I started writing this blog; and it has been a joy and a delight for me.
Patheos asked us to celebrate the anniversary by highlighting our favorite posts over our time here. That’s not been very long, but here they are anyway.
- The Desolation of the Draggin’, on praying for random strangers.
- Fifteen Views of Christians by Non-Christians. This title always makes me think of Hokusai.
- The Oak and the Apple, on being all that we should be.
Plus, I’ve written a number of connected series of posts; you can also find them up on the menu, under “Series”:
- Blogging Aquinas: a look at the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas by way of his “shorter summa”, the Compendium Theologiae. (This one is just getting started.)
- Bootstrapping the Interior Life: on getting started with the interior life of prayer and devotion to God.
- S’Mary’s World: A background for a projected series of science fiction tales.
- The Woof Guide to Obscure Catholic Music: A tongue-in-cheek collection of posts about obscure Catholic musical groups you certainly haven’t heard of.