Hello! I Must Be Going!

Hello! I Must Be Going! December 15, 2015

In the words of Captain Spaulding, the African Explorer, I come to say I cannot stay, I must be going.

Come the New Year, I’m going to be taking on a bunch of really big projects that are going to eat up a lot of my time and energy. And time and energy are something I already have in short supply. So something has to give.

I’ve been doing this every day except Sundays since April 2002. That seems like it’s about enough. So, after having given it a lot of thought, I’ve decided to end my blog here at Patheos on December 31. (I will keep on blogging and writing my “Connecting the Dots” column over at the National Catholic Register.)

I’m deeply grateful to you guys for reading me all these years. And I’m grateful to Patheos for giving me a forum to blather my stuff without ever telling me what I could and could not say. This blog has been a gift to me, and the biggest part of that has been the gift you guys have made of yourselves by reading it.

Please know that as I go you will be in my prayers of gratitude and intercession. In the meantime, I will keep on blogging like normal(ish) over the next two weeks (bearing in mind it’s the Holidays and I am usually in goof off mode then.

Also, to help make it easier to be glad I’m leaving, I am posting a link to the Star Wars Holiday Special.

You’re welcome!

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  • Thanks for all the blogging. I’ve enjoyed reading you here.

  • The Eh’theist

    Live long and prosper.

  • Reader Yesterday

    God bless you and yours always, Mark. Yours is one of the first blogs I read and you’ve been the one I’ve read consistently for years. I’ve learned so much here from you and from other commenters. You’ve helped me grow in my faith in so many ways, and I will always be grateful. Will be seeing you over at the Register of course, and looking forward to the fruits of your new projects. Thank you for inviting me into your ‘living room,’ and know that you are always welcome in mine. Prayers always!

  • MarylandBill

    All i can say is… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s

    Or perhaps better… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_rc4ltH27A

    Thanks for being a voice of sanity in the wilderness of the blog-o-sphere. Hope you decide to jump back in some day.

  • Marthe Lépine

    Every morning for the last several years, my morning routine has been to first check my e-mail, then cbc.ca for the news, and finally your blog. I will really miss you, but you have done an excellent job and helped many of us very much. Now would be the right time to start reading your books (since my cataracts are now corrected, I can read books again). I don’t have much money right now, so one question is: Are your books still going to be available through your personal Web site? And another question is: Is it going to be possible to go back to your blog archives to re-read some of the most interesting blogs? As well, since I expect, sometime in the new year, to possibly start my own blog, and I would like to use it in order to expand on some of the comments I briefly made over the years, would I be able to get back to your archives to copy my comments, or do I need to start copying all of them right now? And… is there going to be a mailing list attached to your personal Web site, to receive news such as the publication of new books? I tend to follow more our Canadian Catholic Register than yours, and I am afraid of missing something important. Thank you again for all that you have been doing. God bless your new endeavours, and best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

  • antigon

    World won’t be the same, Mr. Shea. Godspeed et Buona Pasqua!

  • Kevin Kiefer

    Thank you for all of your blogging over the years – it has been informative as well as challenging, and I think I have grown because of the “dialogue.” May God continue to bless your projects and ministries!

  • AJGSyc

    Big projects, you say? Do tell!

  • Thanks for the memories…

  • Bon voyagie! So long, and thanks for all the posts!

  • Andy

    Your is one of the few blogs I read daily – your leaving creates a hole in my day. I want to thank yo for your work, and for reminding me that being a Catholic is more than being political. Take care and good luck.

  • Artevelde

    Your blog has been a wonderful guide to the sometimes baffling but always vigorous world of American Catholicism, Mark. à Dieu!

  • Dave

    Your work in this vineyard over the years is greatly appreciated!!

  • Anita

    I will miss you!

  • Kathleen S.

    Oh gosh Mark! I came late to reading your blog, and I totally get how long you have been at it, but will miss reading your comments. May God bless you and your family

  • Tom G

    This is saddening news. God bless you in your work. It is appreciated. Know of our prayers for you.

  • Augustin Cavalier

    Sorry to see you go, Mark.

    Will you be “endorsing” any other blogs as (pseudo-)replacements of yours?

  • Ken Crawford

    To quote from the movie Forrest Gump: Now what are we supposed to do?

  • Marthe Lépine

    I just saw that you posted another prayer request… This unique aspect of your blog will be missed. Would there be a way for your readers to continue sharing prayer requests somewhere? It seems that it was a powerful prayer chain, it is sad to see it go.

  • Joe

    Wow. Then it was a good time to start following you on Facebook. Good luck, Mark!

    Also, I’m brimming with pride that the link to The Star Wars Christmas Special goes to a video encoded from an airing on a Southwestern Ohio station.

  • My first reaction to the news: Ooooh noooo!

    My reaction after a little breathing space: I’m going to miss this blog more than I can say. I have been reading it since 2006 or so, and have found a real community here. I especially like the way you challenge all sides in every debate. I’ve also benefited many times from your willingness to publish announcements from readers. I too hope you keep the prayer requests going in some way. This has literally been a lifesaver for me.

    We will miss you, Mark. May God bless all your future endeavors!

  • Sadness. I’ve been reading you since (I think) 2003. I even remember the Bougis Hiatus. I’ll miss you, Mark. God bless you.

  • LSpinelli

    Thanks for being one of the sensible, sane and good eggs in this crazy blogosphere. Going to miss you a lot. God bless and good luck with the new ventures!

  • Elmwood

    Thanks for all the good times, I really enjoy your blog. Good luck and hope to see you back in A-town sometime.

  • anna lisa

    Oh no!
    I’m really going to miss your insight. Maybe you will change your mind when some of the pressure is off, and just blog a little bit here and there, because you absolutely can’t resist sharing something with your readers…

    The NCR is good too, but so serious. I’m going to miss the more casual approach that you have here because:

    a. you have a great sense of humor
    b. Nobody else takes down Republicans with quite as much skill and finesse
    c. when you’re really mad your humor becomes almost an art form
    d. for all of the above reasons, your blog was one of the best tools I had to evangelize my geeky/cool kids. I have sent them more links to things you’ve written, or great things you have linked to than all the other bloggers combined. :(– so sad.

  • tj.nelson

    This really makes me sad. I’ll miss you.

  • dasrach

    🙁 So sad! This is the only blog I read every single day. I will miss you terribly.

  • NoamJomsky

    Really happy – I believe you are harming the Church. Thanks for trying so hard – we know you thought you were helping – you had the best intentions, I wish you the best.

  • Greg

    and I just discovered you…, story of my life.

  • Fr. Tom S.

    Mark: I add, to those who have already posted, my prayers for you and your family, my anticipation to read your work in other venues, and my sorrow to have this blog (one of my regular reads) come to an end.

  • Julie

    Best wishes on your new endeavors. I’ve always been a “silent” reader, but have read your blog almost daily for many years. I want in particular to thank you for your crusade against torture, it played a significant role in changing my mind on the matter. I will also miss the engaging combox discussions by your other long-time readers, some of whom I looked forward to reading as much as the blog posts. May God bless you and your family. Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.