Time Flies

It is almost a year now since I started this blog. This week a new school year starts at St Joseph’s Catholic School where I serve as chaplain. In addition to these duties, I am the new director of RCIA at St Mary’s.

I think there is going to be less and less time for blogging. I’m going to try to keep this going, but it may well go under.

On average I get about 500 visits a day. Is it worth continuing? What do you think?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09356738924839809045 Andrew

    Most definitely worth continuing! Don’t let the numbers deceive you, Father, as not everyone returns each day so your audience may be larger than you think.And if I might be so bold as to play Abraham, would you keep it alive for 600? What if fifty were missing, would you keep it alive for 550 then? =)Keep up the good work.

  • Jennifer

    Yes! Please keep it going. If I had to vote, more Benedictine Way and the like. The apologetics and the personal snippets are fun, too. Your post on “Joy” sticks with me still, and is very encouraging. You have a gift for delivering a good, catholic, no-holds-barred sermon in a short space. This blog really is a kindness and a help.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01960521706457744649 tara


  • Anonymous

    I won’t be telling you who I am, but I will say that I am a student at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and I throughly enjoy reading your blog. I hope that you find time for it during the school year. Please don’t let it go under.Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    Father Longenecker:I visit and read your blog daily (except when you are on vacation). Since you have explicitly invited comments on the subject, the following are mine regarding whether it’s worth it to continue the blog. From a personal perspective, I have been greatly enriched by the content of your blog and hope it continues. You write well, and your posts cover a variety of topics that I find interesting, and importantly, thought provoking. The layout of the blog is also quite good, and it is obvious to me (and appreciated!) that you spend a lot of time finding and incorporating appropriate photos to accompany your posts. It is one thing to write well. It is another thing to present writing well. To your credit, you do both.Most important to me, though, is your background and perspective as an evangelical protestant turned Catholic priest. Your experience and insights as a former protestant provide a powerful affirmation to the fullness of the Catholic Church. Indeed, I find conversions such as yours to the Catholic Church to be powerful testaments to the correctness of the Catholic faith since they often involve a more rigorous intellectual and more deeply thought through process than that undertaken by cradle Catholics. The posts where you give examples from your past experiences (e.g., your recent post titled “The Altar Call”) help enrich and strengthen my faith. In short, I have come to appreciate your unique and faith-affirming perspective. I would greatly miss reading your blog if you decide not to continue.From a wider perspective, though, I understand that you have obligations more important than your blog. You have your parish and your family to (rightly) take into consideration before you consider your readers. I assume that you did not become a priest to minister primarily to the online community. Therefore, your other ministries must come first. I hope that you find the time to continue blogging. If you do not, it is 100% understandable, and I wish for you nothing but the best in all you do.

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t stop blogging. I live a half world away and I can’t tell you how much your comments and links and balnced, healthy, spirituality aids me. It keeps me closer to the American church and gives much hope for the future. Your blog helps me to connect to the wider community of Catholic renewal.May God give you the time and grace to continue this blogg.From: a “sister who is away”

  • Anonymous

    I’ll just say you’re not allowed to walk away from this blog. -God(not really Him, but I’m trying to speak on His behalf, and on behalf of those who bolster their faith with your sacrifice)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15189580002644810418 Peter

    For what it’s worth, from one convert pastor to another, consistently sensible Catholic voices are rare enough to value the ones that are around. Please stay!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16016561774171356720 ARP

    If you can find time, please go on with this blog; maybe with shorter posts, every several days, but please go on!Greetings from Spain.

  • Anonymous

    Please keep going, Father. I’ve found your posts really enriching, especially, as Anonymous 2 above said, your perspective as an ex-Evangelical Protestant. Maybe if time is pressing you could just do a post once a week on a specific day, so we’d know when to look. God bless.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05558623489507006790 On the side of the angels

    keep going…the more you do the more time you will seem to have…of course you can’t let it compromise with your spirituality and prayer and duties elsewhere…but it may help you think and relax…please, we need more like you on here…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11600135728947904152 Jonathan

    Please stick around,This is continually one of the blogs I come back to looking for new insight and wit. This appears to be your thing. Oh,… and its good to have a voice like yours down here in the South. Keep it up, thanks

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  • bernadette

    Fr Dwight, please keep blogging. You have a duty to use your gift for writing and communicating ideas and blogging is an important Apostolate in this age and yours is one of the best. St Benedict would have had a blog, and St Paul, and St Francis de Sales and John Crysostom. It`s great that you provoke really honest, passionate debate. Come on, “Stability” is a Benedictine trait. You can`t give up now. But you can take a break from it……The two best threads I have been really challenged by and HELPED ME GROW IN MY FAITH were the ones on Catholic evangelism and the return of Latin. But I notice they were the ones that got you most attacked as well. Don’t give up for the wrong reason. We love you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12410703712664494697 Thursday

    Please keep the Blog open. I’ve kept it as one of my favorites and your funny and thought provoking posts provide encouragement to discernment.If you can find the time to do so, please continue, if not do not let this blog turn you away from your main responsibilities. Thanks and God Bless.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02284165373991543203 + Alan

    You have a fairly unique perspective Father. As Peter said, it would be a shame to see that go away. You can spend less time without spending no time. Peace to you.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05521207668262592414 gemoftheocean

    Keep going as you have time for bits here and there. Don’t think every post has to be a masterpiece. “Convert turned priest” is a unique perspective that many cradle Catholic enjoy a peek into. It helps us know how to approach our protestant friends with faith topics.

  • Anonymous

    When our Father closes a door, I sometimes scurry around and open back doors and windows…Love, Mother Mary (:

  • Michael

    I heartily agree with the words of encouragement of all the others who have posted.Perhaps your teaching and counseling duties will suggest topics that can be of general interest, and you can share them when you find time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08384291674560438678 Julie D.

    Just a side comment: 500 visits a day is something that many bloggers would give their eyeteeth to achieve and not to be sneezed at.On a personal note, I really enjoy your insights and would miss your presence from the blogosphere. However, only you can say whether it is detracting from something else that would be better done without it. Cheers!

  • Anonymous

    Yes. You need to be another Scott Hahn for all the 25 to 40 year olds who are seekers of the truth.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07574283150466392972 Julie

    I really like this blog! It has been an inspiration for me. It is both uplifting and informative. I like your updates on mission activities, etc. We are so often bashed and ridiculed, and stories about Protestant missionaries to Catholic countries are so common in the media. Your take on the Catholic life is a joy. And perhaps, your presence might help other Protestant clergy considering the same path that you have taken.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05837405179540528645 Rose Marie

    Please do if possible. I have become an avid reader of your blog. Also, I am looking forward to being an RCIA sponsor and attending your classes. Since I am a Baptist convert, I especially enjoy your commentary about Catholicism coming from your unique Protestant background point of view. Thanks so much, Rose Marie Bray, choir member, St. Mary’s.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04298493682961935337 Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ

    Stay Fr Dwight stay!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10877073439147939412 Lover of Futility

    500 hits – you’re lucky! I get about 10 a day!Keep going – it’s an excellent blog.

  • Lee Anne

    Oh Father Dwight – just when I found you two days ago!!! Please do consider continuing – you are reaching many lives through your blog.And – is that “my” Peter from downunder that has also left you a comment? Can’t imagine God’s blessings on me as I lost his Email addy when going from one computer to another – see Father, your blog is reconnecting many!Blessings to all -

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03671236467795556556 housewife in the grass

    Yeah – what they said! Please don’t go away – you are one of the most sensible, wise and witty voices out there. I’d really miss you.

  • James

    I would ask that you keep posting even if you can only manage a few posts per week or month. You perspectives are welcome and helpful. These are well worth checking for.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06821950576683551325 Esther

    I would miss your blog if you would to stop. Unfortunately, you must make the decision whether or not to stop yourself.

  • TJ

    Although as a protestant I sometimes find your post a bit triumphalistic, I still come back to read your more sober thoughts. Please continue!

  • Anonymous

    Father Dwight, Your presence would be sorely missed. I too, am a protestant, but I am often blessed by your thought-provoking comments and read your blog regularly. Your anonymous old friend

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00997766157711823147 the owl of the remove

    I think you have your answer, Fr. Upside-down! Keep it up – but it doesn’t have to be every day – we keep coming back!

  • http://thesheepfold.typepad.com/ The Sheepcat

    What Julie D said.Alan

  • Jeannine

    I really enjoy reading your blog! Please keep it going!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02529750105930400773 W.

    Congratulations on a year (almost)!And yes, please keep posting, even if it is not everyday. I go back to school in two days (high school English/history teacher) and my blogging and visiting sites will be less frequent as well, which is probably the case with many of your visitors. So don’t fret. Keep going at a pace you can keep.Besides, how else would we Southern Californians get a glimpse of life in the other SC, not to mention the adventures of you and Joseph Pearce! Would love to hear more about it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15811908616715592647 D. Burns

    Father, your blog is awesome. I always look forward to reading it when I get online.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13669565372315999650 Jeffrey Smith

    You’re the one who got me back into this blogging mess. Don’t you dare waltz off.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07190964707920864640 Auroramike71

    I appreciate your blog please continue as much as you have time.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10144549611625131466 jsb2

    Father, please continue. Maybe you could post your RCIA notes or outline on this blog and help others. If not, lots of us were, and will continue to be fans.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04022282137616668424 mary.cambridge

    Oh, Father, please don’t go! OK, if you need to, what Julie D said. But if it’s possible, please, please continue. It seems that every time I really get interested in a Catholic priest’s blog, he quits. There are so many reasons to stop: 1)Death (Fr Todd Reitmeyer, RIP; Fr Richard Rego, RIP) 2)Blog has run its course, or lack of time (Fr Sibley; my beloved Ragemonkeys; possibly Fr Jay Scott Newman) 3) Saddest of all, sounds like a dark night of the soul, Fr Alvin Kimel (pray for him). OK, I still have Fr Tim Finigan, Fr Leonard Taylor, and Fr Martin Fox–all delightful, but I want you to stay as well, if you possibly can. I may not comment frequently, but I try to visit every day or two.God bless you Father, and all your family. I will understand if you feel that you must stop and I will continue to pray for you, and hope that someday I’ll be able to attend a Mass that you celebrate (I’m in Kansas).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12990289461877567408 The Ironic Catholic

    You have a unique voice–I imagine your time commitments are fierce, but I hope you’ll be able to conitnue.Last Lent in an effort to cut back on blogging, I opted to blog on Tuesdays and Fridays. I think blogging once a week could be a legitimate compromise, if you enjoy doing this. Let me tell you, 500 hits a day means you have a substantial readership.Peace.

  • ashlyn

    I may not visit daily but I certainly enjoy reading your thoughts and comments.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07822146312033633535 ~m2~

    i vote *yes* — you are a priest that i would run to instead of run from, as was my case yesterday.

  • Tony

    If this blog takes time away from your family, kill the blog. We will find another blog, but your family cannot find another father. As Rick Warren wrote, “The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now” (The Purpose Driven Life, 128).