On the Fifth Anniversary of This Blog…

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It has been five years since I started the Liturgy Guy blog. It was July 7, 2013 when I published my first post explaining why another Catholic blog was being introduced. Since then over 290 articles have been published at this site, garnering over 1.3 million views and thousands of (mostly) thoughtful comments from readers.

There have also been several outstanding guests posts from both priests and laity during this time. From frequent contributor Fr. Donald Kloster, to Fr. Kyle Doustou, Fr. Gaurav Shroff, Fr. Noah Carter, and Fr. Eric Andersen, I have been blessed with thought provoking and informative articles from these wonderfully learned and holy priests. I have also been privileged to host articles by such esteemed laity as Shawn Tribe, Joseph Sciambra, James Morgan, Conor Dugan, and Tanner Lockhorn.

I also wish to thank my readers for their participation and support over these last five years. Through the Liturgy Guy website I have met some very devout and inspiring Catholic clergy and lay faithful, many of whom have commented regularly on my articles. The charity and thoughtfulness which has been reflected in their comments is a source of pride for me. Liturgy Guy readers are typically more interested in the discussion and less in polemics.

Hopefully I have learned a thing or two since this blog debuted five years ago. Here are just a few that come to mind:

  • Evangelization and catechesis are far more important than winning an argument. Proving someone wrong isn’t the same thing as sharing the truth with them. Share the truth with them. Clarity with charity.
  • Frequent confession is a must. We cannot effectively serve The Lord or share the truth with others unless remaining in a state of grace is our first priority. Period.
  • We are all on our own journey back to authenticity. Recovering tradition does not happen in the same way or in the same time for people; patience and perseverance are our allies, not our enemies.
  • Along those lines, when someone discovers the richness of tradition and the importance of the sacred liturgy, by all means celebrate that discovery and don’t make them feel unwelcome because of a perceived tardiness in their arrival. This doesn’t happen on our timetable, but rather His.
  • Returning to the Sacred doesn’t depend upon the pope, your bishop, or even the parish closest to your house. The sacred can be reintroduced within our very families by us, and then by our conscious decision to live the faith in a manner consistent with Catholic tradition.
  • Finally, I’ve learned that tradition is the future and authenticity is attractive. Whenever, and wherever, the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith is presented people respond. The internet and social media have proven to be invaluable in this endeavor. Those who look to remake the Church in their image, with their innovations and contemporary cultural values, cannot defeat the powerful attraction of authenticity. When promoting the sacred, lead with beauty.

Thank you for these past five years. Thank you for taking the time to read the Liturgy Guy and for sharing it with others. Please remember me in your prayers as I continue in this apostolate. The writing has slowed down a little of late, but the articles will continue as long as they serve a purpose and that purpose is to glorify Our Lord, His Church, and the Holy Mass.

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