So, here we are – my time as a guest blogger here at the Anchorhold has come to an end.
I have to emphasise the extent to which this whole thing came as a bolt from the blue – a random act of grace. I emailed Elizabeth to get Leah Libresco’s email address because I was trying to see if she’d give a talk while she was visiting Ireland. Leah ended up doing the talk (we’re still talking about it), and I ended up doing a guest post for her blog while she was over here. Then Elizabeth invited me to guest blog for her, and the rest is history. I really can’t thank her enough for that offer: if I haven’t made as much use of the opportunity as I should have, that’s my fault and not hers.
It’s been an absolute privilege – a chance to become a part of a website and a community I’ve been inspired by, a chance to enter the conversation on faith with people I’ve admired as a reader, a chance to talk and write about weird abstract things that most people wouldn’t publish, a chance to read some of the best internet comments I’ve ever come across. I’m sorry to be leaving.
But all that stuff will, I hope, continue, even as my presence here comes to an end (I’ll feel a pang no longer doing whole chunks of sentences in bold, a habit of Elizabeth’s which I – slightly cheekily – adopted as a hat-tip). Because, for whatever mad reason Elizabeth and the team dreamed up, I am staying on as a Permanent Patheosi at the Catholic Channel (the first Irish one, too, though I hope not the last!). This is quite literally a dream come true – though if I recall correctly, the dream version was a bit weirder and involved Matt Smith.
Slán go foil, everyone. I’ll see you on the other side.
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