Farewell from Public Catholic

Farewell from Public Catholic November 9, 2018

All good things must end, and it’s time for me to end my stint at Public Catholic.

I am profoundly grateful to Patheos for the opportunity they have given me to write what I think and say what I believe without censorship or harassment. Patheos is a wonderful place to write and publish. They’ve stood with me through cancer, heart attacks and massive changes in the American body politic. I could not ask for a better blogging home.

During that time, I’ve had the guidance and support of three editors; Elizabeth Scalia, Sam Rocha and, currently, the wonderful Rebecca Bratten Weiss. They have been unfailingly patient, loyal and kind in all their dealings with me. I consider each of them a friend, as well as someone I respect and admire professionally.

Ditto for the my writing colleagues. It have always flattered me to write in the company of such talented and devout people. They were, from the first day to the last, unfailingly generous with their knowledge, help and friendship. I hope that I can continue these relationships after I leave Patheos.

All in all, I do not have a single bad thing to say about my experience at Patheos. It has been good all the way through. It also has been a wonderful opportunity for a Jesus-loving, pro-life, Catholic, Democrat Okie with an attitude to write and advocate for what she believes. I am grateful for the experience.

The only reason I’m folding up Public Catholic now is that I know that my time in this life is limited and I have other things I need to be doing with the time I have left. I don’t want to over-dramatize that. My doctor has not told me to put my affairs in order or advised me to go into hospice. Nothing of the sort.

But I don’t seem to be able to get on top of the various health challenges I’ve faced. They keep coming back, cropping up and bringing me back down. There is handwriting on the wall in front of me, and I’ve decided to read it.

I am not sad about this, and I am certainly not in despair. I just know that I’m looking at an eventual exit, and I want to try a few other things besides blogging before I get there. I plan, as health allows, to continue writing articles for the National Catholic Register. I may also try my hand at other periodicals and books.

But I have reached a point where writing on a daily basis about the sturm und drang of our American political circus is literally making me sick. I no longer have the stamina and health to be so closely engaged with the bitterness, moral depravity and flagrant dishonesty of it.

I need to focus my energies on the things that matter most to me, which is loving Jesus, loving my family and cuddling my precious granddaughter. If I write, I want what I write to lead my readers straight to the foot of the cross. I want to share what I have been given, which is the peace, love and salvation of Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Never forget my friends that there is only one empty tomb. There is only one Way that leads to eternal life. There is only one Brother God Who has been tempted as we are tempted, Who has suffered as we must suffer, Who has Himself faced and endured humiliation, mockery, shunning, torture and death. He knows what we feel because He has felt it.

Jesus Christ is not just our Salvation, He is our Friend. He doesn’t love us in some distant, abstract way. He loves us as one of us Who is at the same time eternal and divine. He is literally and completely God made human.

That love is why I began writing Public Catholic. I know that I did not always represent that love well, but I hope that some of the time it peeked through.

That love is also what I want to give myself to in a whole and complete way when I stop writing Public Catholic. I am going to live in love; love of family, love of home and country, love of Christ.

I wish the same for each and every one of you, my friends and readers. I will pray for you and I will miss you. I will never forget you or stop being grateful for you. You are in my heart to stay.
Peace.

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