You all may or may not remember that back on the fateful day of THE PLEDGE DRIVE several weeks back, I mentioned that something had come over the transom that very day.
That thing was an invitation to write a weekly column for the online journal ALETEIA. And after much dickering, I have accepted. I'll appear each Tuesday and my first column launches tomorrow.
The column will be called WISE BLOOD: Prayer, Pilgrimage and Everyday Mysticism.
Wise Blood, of course, after the Flannery O'Connor novel. I like the implication that prayer is not some namby-pamby enterprise; no prosperity scheme. Prayer is rather a way of life that is designed to rip us apart and put us together again (still waiting for that part, personally) as something strange, unexpected and new.
Aleteia means "truth" in Greek. The journal is Catholic, headquartered in Rome, and hopes to reach all human beings, not just Catholics. That's always been my own aim.
Speaking of which, the last few months have been interesting. Lots of seeing myself in a clearer light, lots of acknowledging what really drives me.
Writing an original 800-word column every week will mean posting shorter pieces here, more excerpts from other people's work, more film, book, music recommendations. As always, the photos.
But I'm not going anywhere! And I'm struck by the way the subtitle of the Pledge Drive post was "Giving and Receiving." In opening myself to ask, I not only received more from you, I was invited to give more as well.
With great gratitude for your ongoing support, prayers and shared struggles...
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