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Thursday, January 4, 2007
The Eventual End of This Blog

Today I read from several other people that seminarians at the seminary I will be attending are not allowed to have blogs or use forums online. I was extremely disappointed, but I will do whatever I must to live in obedience to my superiors. I plan on keeping this blog on the Internet forever. I have worked and put months worth of hours into this blog. I hope that it is a source of information for months while I am not blogging. Specifically, the "Catholic Categories" has very valuable information.

I do, however, hope to post on this blog throughout the summer. So, starting in Fall 2007, I will be unable to post for a significant amount of time - probably until Summer 2008. However, I will be able to email people, so I will remain in touch with my readers. I have grown so close to many readers that it will be very difficult to stop blogging for those months. I pray that I will be able to do whatever is required of me.

Update: As you are aware, I am no longer in the seminary now and intend to keep this blog indefinitely now


del_button January 4, 2007 at 5:34 PM
4HisChurch said...

Awwww! We'll miss you, Moneybags. Good luck at the seminary, and God Bless!

del_button January 4, 2007 at 5:49 PM
ukok said...

Moneybags, it's been an awesome journey to this point hasn't it :-)

I have very much valued your place in cyber space and your visits to my blog, especially the prayers that you have prayed for me and mine. Know that I pray for you and for your continued discernment and studies.

Go with God and I look forward to hearing from you when you return, even fleetingly.

del_button January 4, 2007 at 6:52 PM
SoonerScotty said...

That's too bad. I've come to look forward to your postings. Do you mind if I ask which seminary this is?

del_button January 4, 2007 at 8:26 PM
Esther said...

MB, would they allow you to have a guest blogger sub for you? Just a thought.

del_button January 4, 2007 at 9:08 PM
Diane said...


It's probably for the best that you let go of the blog during that time anyway. The most important thing is getting ordained and any blog or forum participation can place you at risk by elements within some institutions who hope to weed out anyone with a hint of orthodoxy or traditional bent.

I will email you the name of a seminarian there from Assumption Grotto and leave it up to you if you would like to meet him. Just know that being a son of Grotto he is very orthodox and traditional. He also will have one year on you there so he can help you navigate the waters.

It is also good to let go of this kind of thing so that you can spend more time in prayer and in your studies. I don't care what anyone says, but these things take time.

But, leave them floating out there and someday, just like Al Kimmel of Pontifications, you can share your ordination, then your priesthood with us on the same blogs.

I am anticipating you would leave "Holy Vocations" running with the other participants??? And, the other fine sites you have?

Believe it or not, even at 44, I myself am discerning. There are orders that take older women - traditional ones. But, I'm also exploring the ancient rite of Consecrated Virgins as an alternative.

I will pray for you and please keep me in your prayers, as well.

These are exciting times for young people who are called, unlike the 70's, 80's and even 90's when too many religious orders were disoriented. It left many with genuine interest to serve the Lord out in the cold. Now there are many choices of solid, orthodox orders and seminaries.

God Bless!!!

del_button January 4, 2007 at 9:23 PM
Tito said...

I agree with Diane.

I will certainly miss your postings as well.

Will you still post during the off-term?

del_button January 4, 2007 at 10:34 PM
Saint Peter's helpers said...

Moneybags, although I will miss your posts, know that your service to the Lord is making a different turn. Your blog will always be a source of inspiration and edification for those in the faith and outside. Thank you for all your hard work and God bless you.

del_button January 4, 2007 at 11:00 PM
Argent said...

Will you create a Google group to mailblast with?

There's wisdom in letting go of things that would place demands on your precious time. Once you get into the studies, you probably won't have much time to blog.

I like Esther's idea of guest sub blogging.

del_button January 5, 2007 at 5:49 AM
katoliko said...

Moneybags, you have my email address, if you have a mailing list to keep us all informed once the blog closes, please add mine to the list. God Bless

del_button January 5, 2007 at 2:44 PM
frank said...

You will be in my prayers...I'm going to miss your awesome posts.

del_button January 5, 2007 at 5:03 PM
Catholic Fire said...


I am praying that God will help you to clearly discern what your priorities are in the area of your vocation and grant you an abundance of graces to make wise decisions.

You are wise in seeing the importance of obedience in your vocation. Perhaps, God is testing you in that area. Obedience is also a form of purification.

I have a close friend who entered a monastery and during her second year, she was not permitted to see friends or family during that year in order to devote herself entirely to God and to focus on Him and her relationship with Him.

If your relationship with God is right, then you will draw others to Him, whether it be through blogging, prayer, sacrifice, or your actions.

I,too,like Esther's idea of having a guest or guest bloggers sub for you.

God bless you,

del_button January 5, 2007 at 6:40 PM
Sharon said...

I think that the problem with some seminarians blogging is that their youthful enthusiasm for the Faith led some of them being less than charitable about the parishes to which they were assigned.

Their comments were reported to the rectors of their seminaries and their blogging prvileges were recinded.

If you go to the archives of Bonfire of the Vanities, Fr Fox's blog, you will find his very sage advice re blogging and seminarians.

del_button January 5, 2007 at 10:23 PM
Moneybags said...

The generous replies were quite overwhelming. THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

Sooner, I am planning to attend St. John Vianney Seminary in Minnesota.

I do hope to create a google group to allow me to email everyone. Since I am free to contact others through email, this will not be a problem. I will be able to write to everyone at once.

Also, the idea of having another blog writer here to sub for me is an amazing idea! I just don't know who would want to do the job. It would have to be someone that not only is good in computer HTML, but also an orthodox Catholic that can keep posting the truth. Anyone have any ideas?

del_button January 5, 2007 at 11:38 PM
andy said...


I can only echo the eloquent words of the previous commentors. You (and your ministry) will be greatly missed. Please, keep in touch through e-mail; do you have mine? Please know that you are in my prayers.

God bless!


del_button January 6, 2007 at 12:57 AM
PBXVI said...

I will certainly miss your blog, but I am sure it will be for the better for you. Please put my email on your list! Tell me if you don't have it! God Bless!

del_button January 6, 2007 at 4:21 AM
Lee Strong said...

Ah, rules. I've run into a few as well over the years.
God bless.
Oh, and I did get my saint - thanks!

del_button January 6, 2007 at 8:11 AM
antonia said...

I will miss you too


del_button January 6, 2007 at 9:57 PM
FloridaWife said...

MB, while I will miss your daily blogs, I understand and more than support the absence from blogging required of you when you are at the seminary.

del_button January 9, 2007 at 3:27 AM
Deo Juvante said...

Moneybags, on one hand, it's sad to hear that this blog might have to close and your wonderful articles and posts will cease to continue. However on the other hand, I'm so excited to hear that you'll be entering the Sem. soon; it's good that you're following the rules- to be a good priest, one has first to be a obedient to his superior(s). I'll continue to pray for you, and I hope you'll continue to pray for me as well. I won't be able to enter Sem. so soon as I've got to serve in the Army for at least 2 years (it's mandatory). All the best and may Mother Mary keep you under her protecting mantle.

P.s. Do keep me on your mailing lists!

del_button June 26, 2007 at 10:16 AM
nonedare said...

First, I want to praise your devotion and encourage you to preserve it with all your strength and the help of God.

If you have not read the book "Good Bye, Good Men" I urge you to do so immediately to prepare yourself for the battle you will face.

One copy of this book is in the Central Library in downtown Evansville, IN.

St. Paul's Traditional Catholic Chapel

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