I’m on fire. (So are something else, given I’m a nursing mom and am waiting for Daddy and my milk monger to get home – I hate to pump – but that’s another story.)
I just got back from the Catholic New Media Celebration and I tell you what: I’m very, very eager to “speak in the light…to proclaim [what I’ve heard] on the housetops [and on the blogosphere]” (Matthew 10:27; fittingly from today’s Gospel), but alas, sometimes the only evangelizing I have time to do is to share God’s love with two kiddos as well as one wonderful, seeking husband. As Fr. Seraphim Beshoner reminded us, blogging/podcasting are a part of your life, but they’re not your life.
I’ll have more to write in coming days about the Celebration, which was most certainly a celebration (in comparison to a lifeless, droning conference) that brought together a room full of people with a zeal for their faith and the desire to spread the Good News.
In the meantime, here’s just a sampling of some of the great Catholic new media that’s out there and of some of the talented brothers and sisters in Christ whom I met (some who had been virtual friends for quite some time):
Heidi Hess Saxton, editor of Canticle magazine
Lisa Hendey of CatholicMom.com
Mary Kochan of Catholic Exchange
Pat Gohn of Write In Between
Rachel Balducci of Testosterhome
Sarah Reinhard of Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering
A Spitfire Lady from Postscripts from the Catholic Spitfire Grill
Abortion Changes You: A confidential space for those who are touched by abortion and a refuge for those who wish to tell their story and begin the process of healing.
Catholics Come Home: Whether you or perhaps a loved one is on a journey into the Catholic Church or returning to the Catholic Church, this is not a website to be missed (view the television ad and weep). The website’s goal is to provide a variety of helpful and thought-provoking resources to help people more clearly understand the Catholic Church and its teachings.
Grace Before Meals: The online source for families looking to strengthen their relationships through shared mealtime experiences.
Popple: Kyle and Dan make up this Catholic band that blends comedic-acoustic-fun-loving music and their passion for their faith. (Great music and very entertaining. Share their tunes with your teens.)
The Star Quest Production Network (SQPN): A multimedia organization specializing in the production of audio and video programs faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Whole Child Project: A resource for parents and educators who are dedicated to raising “whole” children who are physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually strong.
4 Marks: A Facebook or MySpace for Catholics.