As I surveyed today's posts about Jenkins and Sebellius I wondered, "Why even bother?". Here's what kept me going.
I can help others. Last night, I published Bishop Blair's response to an accusation. I was able to provide 5 platforms for his defense.
I can influence others. My opinion gets amplified when people know that it is out there for everyone to see and that gives me more power to make things happen. I've been asking my bishops to deny communion to pro-abort pols. It hasn't worked the way I wanted. But Bishop Loverde made that dramatic gesture of delivering the post cards to Congress last month and Bishop Wuerl did say that Sebellius will comply with the prohibition to not receive Holy Communion. (How? Maybe he told her privately.)
I can warn others and they can benefit from my mistakes. A wise man learns from his mistakes; a wiser man learns from others'. I've stepped on a lot of land mines and I can point out where they are.
I can refute error and correct falsehoods. There are websites that misrepresent the teachings of the Church. I can weigh in with the truth and keep the readers from being misinformed and consequently misled.
I can edify and encourage others by pointing out the good that I see. There's a lot out there. That way, people will know what to do and how to do it. And it is better to light a candle that to curse the darkness. (Christophers' motto)
I can share my thoughts, feelings, insights, aspirations, hopes, fears, joys with others and know that I have company. This encourages me in following Jesus.
I am forced to deepen my faith by reading, study, analysis or synthesis because, I have to mull over the things that I write. The Lord pointed out that, "The mouth speaks of what the heart contains." So, I make St. Thomas Aquinas' motto my own i.e. "Contemplari et contemplate aliis tradere." To meditate and to transmit to other whats was contemplated. And also Sir Francis Bacon when he observes, "Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man."
God bless & love you all.