Reflections on the Writing Life: Catholic Perspectives

list-372766_1280If you read my other blog, you know that I needed to take a bit of a hiatus from blogging and writing. While I continue to reorganize my time, I keep finding some fun and interesting resources for writers on the web. Here are some interesting reflections on the writing life, specifically in the context of vocation and mission:

Vermeer’s Window: An artist’s meditation on living in the present moment by Jerome Miller is a wonderfully profound reflection on what it means to live in the present moment according to Miller’s interpretation of a Vermeer masterpiece, “Young Woman with a Water Pitcher.” Reading (and reflecting on) this meditation is well worth the time it takes to read it. Thank you, America Magazine, for making this available online!

Somehow I missed The Jesuit Post’s  “The Catholic Writing Series,” but fortunately I ran into it this past month by accident. I highly recommend each article–I’ve linked to the entire series, which is contributed to by poets, fiction, and nonfiction writers, all of whom offer a sense of the deeper meaning of the vocation to write, the importance of Catholic writing in our world today, and our role as Catholic writers.

You may have already read the recent announcement that the Vatican is launching a digital library on the Church and communications. Currently in beta form and only in Italian, this new digital library currently offers a very complete list and an excellent search engine for any papal or Church documents on communication. (Note that if the documents are available in English, the search engine will bring them up in English and other available languages.) You can find this new digital resource here:

Finally, I am returning to the Salt + Light Radio Hour with Deacon Pedro this Saturday and Sunday with a review of the films, Do You Believe? and Faith of Our Fathers, produced by PureFlix, who also produced God’s Not Dead last year.  You can listen on the Catholic Channel on Sirius, on Relevant Radio, find other broadcasters here, or listen via podcast. 

Sneak Peek of Next Week?

I’m delighted to be currently reading GeekPriest: Confessions of a New Media Pioneer by Father Roderick Vonhögen. Although I’m only halfway through it, I can already recommend it as an entertaining and helpful resource for all Catholic communicators. I hope to post up a review shortly.


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