Today was the Feast of Christ the King, which marks the end of the Year of Faith. When I started this site over a year ago, I was aiming for at least one post a week during this special year so I could participate in a small way in Pope Emeritus Benedict’s call for a New Evangelization.
This seems like a great day to take stock. First, some stats: I ended up writing 66 posts and 4 pages which totaled up to 41,850 words. I know of a few short spans where posts lapsed for longer than my desired weekly basis, but it appears that I have made it up in numbers.
Beyond the sheer mechanics, we covered a lot of ground this year. I received some positive feedback on my Five Facts series, but I enjoy writing the reflections much more. I also truly enjoyed the (partial) refutation of the pamphlet that was left on my car last summer, made even sweeter by the new knowledge that this was how one of my apologetics heroes Karl Keating got started. I enjoyed participating (and covering) the first annual Catholic Answers Apologetics Conference.
I have received feedback from some that have said that they discovered something new or learned a new aspect of Catholicism, and I would count the entire effort as ‘worth it’ for that fact alone. Beyond this, the thing I enjoy the most is the personal connections that I have made throughout the year. I have met some great people, Catholics and non-Catholics, that each offer a new and valuable perspective and I hope these friendships continue.
I have a long list of topics that I haven’t gotten the opportunity to discuss in detail yet. I also want to finish the refutation of that pamphlet. I have learned that apologetics articles (especially ones with sources cited) take awhile to write, and I’m not natural at it. Yet. So I’ll keep soldiering ahead. Ultimately, I want to write about things that you all find interesting. The only way I can know those topics is if you tell me.
Finally, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone that has contributed, shared your thoughts, asked questions, linked the site, or otherwise lent their support over the last year. Your support has been a great encouragement. I pray that the Holy Spirit continue to grant me enough grace to continue, and that this effort brings even more people to Christ.