Irish Papist

Irish Papist
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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Christmas

I would like to wish all my readers, who I also consider my friends, a happy Christmas full of sweet memories. I probably won't be posting again until after Christmas Day at least (except that remaining festive horror story, which I promise won't be contrary to the good cheer suited to the season).

I also want to thank you for reading. I am never happier than when I am writing and the fact that people read this blog means a lot to me. Nothing in my life requires less motivation than writing this blog. I'm always getting ideas for articles and sketching them out in my head before I even sit down at the computer.

Thanks particularly to everyone who comments, and to those who have responded to my requests for prayer. I often pray for the readers of this blog, both in general and in particular.

Nollaig shona daoibh!

8 comments:

  1. A most hearty Merry Christmas to you and yours! And I'm glad indeed to hear that the blog is as enjoyable to write as it is to read. I may have said it before (if I didn't, I certainly meant to) but your honest approach to writing about the Faith, and the questions a Catholic runs across in the business of living has been an inestimable encouragement. -Molly

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  2. I'm extremely pleased and honoured to hear that, Molly. As our parish priest says before every Mass-- "we bring everything that's happening in our life, whatever it is, before the table of the Lord"-- it always moves me when he says that, and I try to do that in this blog. Also thank you for your kind words (today and all the ones before that), and I'm especially glad to be able to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Christmas. I hope you don't mind me asking, and I don't mind at all if you'd rather not reply, but where in the States are you living?

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  3. Thank you for your kind words Maolsheachlann, and thank you for your writing on this blog.
    Merry Christmas

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    1. And Merry Christmas to you, too, Antaine! Thank you so much for so often taking the time to comment. I hope you have a great time over the holiday.

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  4. Maolsheachlann,

    I only discovered your blog in late November, and since then I have been working my way through the archives in order to catch up (almost there!). I think it is wonderful, and am almost always in hearty agreement, and I’m not sure that I have ever really encountered a blog with whose way of looking at the world I share so much. I cheered on your trio of articles about tradition, character and gentleness!

    Above all I have really enjoyed your poetry, when you have posted it. Your post a few days ago (‘Ode to the Sun’) resonated with me, and I think it is terribly sad that barely any living poets write to metre and carve unpretentious wonders out of plain English, as I think you do marvellously. When I have made attempts at verse that is what I have been after, but have hitherto felt rather alone! I must say that ‘A Gable Wall’ might be one of my favourite poems. Please carry on posting them (and your thoughts about poetry) if you are inclined!

    Merry Christmas from an enthusiastic British reader,

    Dominic.

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    1. Thanks so much for those kind words, Dominic! I'm so glad to have a British reader, since I rarely get comments from there-- I had often wondered if anyone in the UK read the blog. And, of course, I am extremely honored and pleased that you like my poetry! I definitely will be posting more poems and thoughts on poems in the future!

      And thank you so much for commenting, and for your kind Christmas good wishes. Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  5. Your Christmas sounds a splendid one so far--hooray!
    I apologise for not answering your question sooner, but I was off a-Christmasing myself and didn't get back to regular internet until this weekend. I've lived in California most of my life; right now the capital, Sacramento, is home. -Molly
    P.S. If this is a double-post, obviously ignore it. The computer *said* it ate the first one, but I don't always trust that devious little electronic creature.

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    1. Thanks for that! I hope you are enjoying your Christmasing. I don't know anything about Sacramento but, well, I'm a bigger fan of the place than I was a moment ago.

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