I just noticed today that this blog has registered over 50,000 unique visitors since its launch in February 2007. In 285 days, that comes to an average of 175 visitors a day. Certainly not in the top echelon of blogger traffic, but I am very grateful nonetheless.

I started this blog to provide a traditional Catholic forum for news and opinion, principally but not exclusively in the St. Louis area, to support the Archbishop, and also to promote as much as possible the traditional Mass (generally) and St. Francis de Sales Oratory (specifically). I give thanks to God and to Mary that I was led to the traditional Mass and to the Oratory, and I credit these for a new and more complete re-orientation to the faith.

During these nine months, there have been several news stories with Church-wide import emanating from St. Louis, and I have been glad to cover them all. Some of these stories drew daily traffic in the thousands. But I really want to express my gratitude for the 100-200 who visit here each day. I am surprised, to say the least, that anyone other than my wife would have any interest in my ramblings. And as for her, she’s really only interested in about 30% of it.

I read about a year ago (sorry, can’t remember the source) that in the current crisis in the Church faithful Catholics were no longer finding the traditional parish community experience at their territorial parishes, and instead were finding these things in so-called “virtual” parishes. In things like websites visited, newspapers and magazines subscribed to, radio stations listened to, apostolates and homeschool co-ops joined, and the like. I think there is a lot of truth to that. Hopefully, the virtual parishes we find and form lead the Church and us back to vibrant, truly Catholic, real parishes. In the meantime, I enjoy being an agitator in your virtual parish.

God bless you all.