Happy Anniversary Being Catholic ... Really!

Happy Anniversary Being Catholic ... Really!  Yep, this week marked my third anniversary with ChicagoNow.

After three years and over 900 posts I've learned that I can still learn about my faith and the faith of others.

I'm overwhelmed by the private messages sent to me requesting prayers for special intentions or the ones who just want to tell me how happy they are that they found my page.  There have been times when I've cried while reading those messages.  In a world where kindness and compassion seem rare, I am reminded that there are many who quietly and generously practice their faith.

I'm grateful for the friendships I've made through Facebook and Twitter.  I even met two of my readers, Alyson and Fred Pirotina.  It was such a kick to show them St. Thérèse Chinese Catholic Church.Fred, Alyson & Me

When I check my insights on my Facebook page, my jaw drops at the different countries and languages from all over the world that have "liked" my Facebook page.  There have been times when I have "googled" a country that showed up because I had no idea where it was. Through the miracle that is the internet, my blog is found.

Even after three years, the milestone of receiving a certain number of likes, never gets old.

What's in the future for Being Catholic ... Really?  I hope many more posts, more likes, more tweets and anniversaries.  But Thomas Merton's poem sums it up best for me:

I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know my self.
And the fact that I think am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that, if I do this,
you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will not leave me to face my perils alone.

-Thomas Merton

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