Quality, Not Quantity

Weapon of Collaboration with Grace

The recent episode of the walkout petition who made it to the Washington Post and to the very rooms of the Synod was a particularly striking demonstration that few can achieve a lot. It works, methinks, in many other ways.

Both on my blog and elsewhere I read comments that are absolutely brilliant (I do not mean long. I mean brilliant. I always scroll past the long ones). And then of course I read blogs that I found brilliant, but of which I have no idea of how many readers they have.

Blogger or commenter: what counts is what you say. How many read it is secondary. You can write soppy comments on a Patheos blog, and thousands will read you, but you will not influence anyone. You can write a pithy comment on a blog read by fifty people, and make a profound impression on the one person Providence directed to it.

Or imagine you are a Catholic journalist (in good faith. I know: rara avis), researching for a piece about the one or other issue relating to Francis. The man will click around, as everyone else does, and will stumble upon places with the most various audience. Small and big bloggers, and bloggers of whom he has no idea whether they are small or not so small, and their commenters. He will not be looking for platitudes. He will be looking for depth. The many blog posts and comments with a strong, coherent defence of Truth will give him a very useful narrative if he is honest, and will let him think twice about the rubbish he writes if he isn’t. The point strikingly made will stay with him, and form part of his own contribution. This is something everyone who follows blogs can observe: the discussion in the many small places gets picked in and amplified by the small number of big ones. Until, one day, the Washington Post publishes an article stating that Francis bats with the heretics, both the author and his editor refuse to backpedal upon the scandalised reaction of the same heretics, and actually answer them with another salvo.

Or you can put it in another way. Everyone of us would get inflamed with passion when talking about the Church in front of friends, relatives or acquaintances. In these cases, the audience is extremely limited. Still, we get all excited because we know that even to make a lasting impression on one soul would be a huge result, and that person could, say, discover the faith many years later, and remember us as one of the factors of his conversion.

Even a small blog, patiently written by a man who cares, will soon have such potential for conversion on a much bigger scale. Plus, it will reinforce the will to fight of many others, and let them know that they are not alone. When I started this little effort I hoped to create, in time, a small group of 60 or 70 “regulars” (the ones to be encouraged and reinforced in what they already know), plus the occasional heretic or atheist or rose water “catholic” stumbling on our virtual pub during the discussion, and hopefully led – with God’s grace – to think differently by what he reads. Those 60 or 70 would have been more than two school classes already. Not bad, for one who cares.

It’s not about how many people read your blog, or your comment. It’s about what impression you make on those who read it.

A big war is upon us. We need all the help we can get.


Posted on November 12, 2015, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. God bless you Mundabor, your humility is as powerful as your well crafted posts.You have made a difference to souls, may you continue to do so as the fog of war is all around us. Still more Aves offered up for you.

  2. Yes, I vent my frustrations, instead of focusing on a more worthy goal – defence of truth. I think I was shaped too much by the “culture” of voicing one’s opinion, each unique and infinitely precious.
    Which philosopher said, that nothing is distributed among people as equally as wisdom – for no one is complaining about lack thereof?
    I must change. This comment is already getting long.

  3. Okay, Mundy. I’m not an Argentinian with a brain tumor. I can take a hint.

  4. In private conversations I have observed a common refrain from Catholics who should know better: “But what can we do about it?” when discussing various problems. The pressure to “do something,” which really simply means being listened to by millions and starting a stupid activist movement kills their zeal, and their desire to continue discussing and researching problems. Who can blame them? Activism is time-consuming and goes nowhere anyway.

    My favorite activity is to drink, smoke, and converse with friends on these topics. That’s all I need to do, and all any of us need to do. If we’re given larger responsibility for more people by God’s providence, then we will be prepared, but there is no need to seek such power as the end in itself.

    Hope this was not tl;dr for you, M.

    • It’s perfectly fine. Neither smoking nor drinking are sins (obviously, made in the proper way), and we aren’t Puritans. Your conversations with friends will, I think, be amply rewarded one day.
      Enjoy the smoke, the drinks, and the friends…

  5. Thank you for being one of those encouraging bloggers, Mundy. You are Aragorn riding his horse down the front line of Calvary, reminding the troops what is at stake and filling them with courage and zeal for the fight:+) God bless you always dear man:+)

    • Thank you Margaret!
      Alas, I have a far less poetic approach. I am a wretched sinner who has developed a great love for the Church, and has been given the grace of a somewhat sharp tongue.

    • I hope you won’t be offended that I compare you with my dear departed mother; her writings and radio program had the same kind of fire and she did not care if someone was offended by Truth. I know she would have been one of your biggest fans, along side her daughter. 😉

  6. To drvsvs, To be aware that Holy Mother Church is under attack, and not to engage in any active defense of Her, to be content to smoke, drink and discuss the situation, is akin to sitting at the foot of the Cross and watching as Christ dies for our sins. To not engage in the war is to aid the enemy. Besides prayer, letting Rome know that they will not succeed in destroying Christ’s Church is another form of assault that we have already seen inflicts doubt and irritation in Rome. St. Teresa of Avila, pray for our courage and fortitude!

    • Mary, the drinking and talking is, as I understand it, a Catholic talking, possibly resulting in the conversion of some poor abandoned souls.
      I have a number of such discussions myself.
      It’s not always the big proclaims. It’s also the discussions with those we love…

    • Mary,

      My comment needs to be taken in context with the article that M made above. I did not intend my comments to be taken as meaning we should sit idly….when there is something we could be doing…but to realize that very often, there is little we can do because we do not have a great station in life (such as myself). M clearly illustrates that what began as something small for him has become something much larger, and that is encouraging for all of us.

      I think he has done very well. Often, people get so worked up by all the destruction that they believe they have to go out and do something big, and if they do not, then they are just sitting by and doing nothing. But most people are not in a position where they can affect visibly great changes. But we can all do little things based on our stations in life, and my main point was, with Mundabor, to embrace doing these small things with more fervor than worrying about being some grand actor who’s going to rock the boat. That does not fit the station that most of us are in, and can possibly be a symptom of pride.

      Do you know how many times my friends and I have completely saved the Church and the world? In our weekly gatherings, we must have solved every single major problem in the Church and in politics. It’s a shame nobody important is ever around to listen to our wisdom. 😉 In the meantime, however, we’ve brought over a priest and several professors to tradition, who were before relatively standard Catholics, carrying water for the revolution against the Church. I’ll take that as a good victory for our small group, and we’ll continue to do that, and also strengthen our own faith, as we slowly but surely gain a little more momentum and more intellectual firepower.

      God love you!

    • I fully agree with you, drvsvs, and I am sure Mary misunderstood – in perfect good faith – your comment.

  7. I think in this age when it was most needed, God gave us the Internet; western governments (especially America) have allowed freedom of speech so that for the first time in history, like-minded people can communicate instantly. Traditional Catholic laity are the only ones standing in the way of this pope’s plans, not the world, not the neo-Catholics, apparently not even the clergy. That’s why we are on the receiving end of his endless stream of insults. But as bad as the present regime is, the real war has already been won. Christ died for our sins and if we believe and live good lives (faith and works), we will be with Him in Heaven eventually. And that’s all that matters.

    Mr. M, you have been doubly blessed with your Faith and your writing talent, and have put them both to good use for the benefit of your readers. I’m amazed at your ability to consistently produce analysis of topical events, and with humor, which makes it easier to deal with the craziness coming out of Rome. Many thanks for your hard work!!

  8. Keep on going with your blog, Mundabor. People either don’t know or have forgotten what the Church should be, thanks for reminding us.

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