Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Thank You For Your Support

I've resurrected the old Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler guys to say "Thank you for your support" in the Catholic Blog Awards. Though the results are still unofficial, it seems I've won in the category of Best Blog by a Seminarian. In lieu of a teary-eyed speech--you don't want to see a grown Jesuit cry--I just want to say what a privilege it has been and continues to be to journey with so many wonderful people here in the blogosphere. Dale Price is to blame for getting me started, and that's a funny story! And so many people like fellow nominees Susan Rose, Steve, Maureen and others like Maggie, Penni, Amy, Karen, Omis, Jenn and Gashwin are responsible for keeping me here.
I've also been pleased to be introduced via the awards to Bro. Lawrence, Kevin, Jeff and Julie (who appears to have beaten Amy by 3/10 of a percentage point for Best Blog by a Woman).

I also wanted to share with you what I take to be some of the CBA's contenders for next year (i.e. great blogs that might have been nominated, but weren't):

Martha, Martha

Higher Plane

Confessions of a Wayward Catholic

All Things Seen and Unseen

Maior Autem His Est Caritas

Letters from a Young Catholic

Brilliant!

12 Comments:

Anonymous Jenn said...

Congrats! When I voted today you were way ahead and you totally deserve it!

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Mark. Your most recent posts on the autobiography of Ignatius show how deserving your are of this award.

You are a singular example of why Dom Bettenelli is wrong about the impending merger of Weston and BC. I think he is actually whistling through the cemetery because he knows what a powerhouse of Catholic theology is about to emerge in Boston. You may want to chime in on the comments of the weak kneed over there, who see the merger as the culmination of every evil that has issued from the post-Vatican II church. After the merger this superb faculty in Catholic theology will be the envy of every other Catholic University beginning with Notre Dame. What will the pizza king be able to do at Ave Maria that can hold a candle to what is about to take place in Beantown? Fessio and ?

But enough about that, and back to your superb blog. You have demonstrated the best of the Jesuit tradition: go in their door and bring them out yours. In the dark world of the Catholic blogosphere, governed by suspicion and vitriol, you have provided an oasis of rational thought and reflection. The way you handled the queries of Kevin Muniz was masterful. He never quite got it and in the end shot himself in the foot. You chose the higher ground, to your credit.

I am happy to salute a true son of Ignatius as he ever seeks the magis in this ever complicated world of digital communications. Age quod agis, as the Jesuit rule says.

9:52 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Congrats! Well done and very much deserved. Sorry I didn't get a chance to stop on over during long retreat...we were intentional about staying very "in the moment" and didn't do much of anything. Again, congrats!

10:20 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Thanks guys!

Jenn, hope to see you again soon.

Richard, Sr. Lorraine said you guys were very edifying, so I'm glad you were focused!

Anonymous, Wow! Thanks! I appreciate the comments. Your feedback helps me to know that I'm accomplishing some of the things I set out to do here (If you don't mind identifying yourself, I would appreciate an e-mail [confidential, of course]. Your comments speak to several of my concerns and it would be nice to speak further with you. But if you'd rather not, that's cool.)

Again, Thanks,

Mark

11:32 PM  
Anonymous "omis" said...

Well, heck, I voted for ya!

Reading your blog has been enlightening, and has given me food to chew on during my journey back to the Church and through discernment. It would be an honor to call you a brother Jesuit, God willing.

Thanks again for the vote of encouragement! I think I may have been good for the Best Presentation category, but I wonder if the fact that my blog isn't "Catholic" enough hinders me amongst the more zealous members of St. Blog's.

Ah well. I have fun at it. As do we all.

Peace!

7:37 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Mark -
Congratulations. As it happens, Bartles & Jaymes was the subject of one of my very first posts, back in September 2004 (http://novitiatenotes.blogspot.com/2004/09/bartles-jaymes.html). Kudos on including a picture of the gents with yours.
AMDG,
Joe K

1:13 PM  
Anonymous "omis" said...

Maybe I shouldn't be admitting to this, but I got in trouble for drinking Bartles & James wine coolers during high school. (We weren't bad kids, we just had this little rebellious streak.)

And of all the things to get busted for...wine coolers? Yuck!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

Hooray!

5:41 PM  
Blogger Gashwin said...

Mark --- CONGRATS! I was glad to see that you were ahead every time I went to vote ... you deserve it! You always have a fresh perspective and resist the blogger's temptation to just recycle information that appears everywhere else (of which I am quite guilty, me thinks). I'm looking forward to journeying with St. Ignatius' exercises, with commentaries by Br. Mossa SJ, this Lent! :)

Peace, brother!

[And thanks for the kudos and encouragement as well. This is kinda off topic, but I just have to say, being new to St. Blogs and all that, I'm getting rather weary of the "love challenged" as Rocco puts it. I'm quite traditional and conservative, but why on earth do people get such glee out of demonizing others, and judging their state of grace and the state of their souls?]

[I had my first B&J winecooler -- I'm man enough to admit it -- on Monday while playing Euchre. I'll stick to Corona, I'm afraid :-( ]

5:57 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Omis-

Ah, yes, the crazy eighties/nineties (?)!

Can't imagine I ever thought those things were anything but nasty! But, hey, they were better than Zima!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Steve Bogner said...

Congratulations Mark! You've certainly put together a great blog and it's good that it has been recognized.

9:55 PM  
Blogger ~m2~ said...

you know, i have been very quiet on the topic of these awards and you have drawn me out simply because of your kindness; you are a true gentleman and one i am blessed to call my friend.

7:54 PM  

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