Today marks the 14th anniversary of this blog. I launched it back in 2008 on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of writers, not really knowing what would happen. Back then, I was able to be here daily, sometimes multiple times per day, a luxury I have not had for the past few years, but that’s about to change! I missed you all so much that I’ve quit my job so I can hang around here more often. Okay, maybe that wasn’t the only reason, but it really was part of it! This week, I will end my almost seven-year stint as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Albany so that I can return to what I love to do most: write, lead retreats, teach yoga, and finally get back to my long-abandoned podcast. (You can find the first four episodes of that HERE.)
I want to thank all of you who continue to visit this site. Thank you for being patient, for staying with me, and for lifting me up with your comments and emails when I do get around to posting something here. I have been so touched by your willingness to share your own faith stories and to talk openly about your struggles, accomplishments and moments of crisis. Our community of blog regulars might be small, but you are a mighty and devoted band of followers. You constantly remind me that being willing and able to share the secrets of my soul is not only a great opportunity for spiritual growth but for personal transformation.
In a world where we are often far from family and cut off from daily interactions with friends — especially during life in the time of pandemic — this virtual community has served as touchstone for me, and I hope for you as well. Every once in a while when I start to wonder if I am just spewing my spiritual insecurities to no one in particular, a virtual version of talking to myself, I inevitably receive a comment or email telling me how something on the blog struck a chord or gave someone a feeling of peace. I can assure you that when I started this blog all those years ago, I never imagined that I would be granted such access to other people’s spiritual thoughts and lives. I am humbled and grateful.
Stay tuned for whatever is to come on this site in the weeks and months ahead. I’ve got lots of ideas percolating right now. I can tell you that, as we “speak,” a web designer is creating a new Not Strictly Spiritual logo and is gearing up to overhaul the entire website to make it easier to navigate (and a whole lot prettier!).
Thank you again for sticking with me. You are a blessing in my life.
Peace, love and blessings,