I am taking this opportunity to let my readers know about a change to both my posting and my online presence. There are several things that I will be doing to mark the Christian season of penance and repentance known as Lent, which begins today, and I shall be keeping some of those things to myself. However, one of the sacrifices I will be making will have an impact on some of you: namely, that I will not be engaging in the use of social media on Fridays in Lent. This means no Twitter, no Facebook, no Skype, and keeping email exchanges to a bare minimum on those Fridays.
Those who subscribe to or periodically visit this blog will notice that I will be using the Lenten Fridays beginning this Friday, February 24th, and running through Friday, March 30th, to reflect on aspects of Christ’s Passion. Although Good Friday itself, April 6th, is technically the last Friday in Lent, I will not be blogging, or indeed doing much of anything, on that date at all. That has always been my policy and indeed, in every job I have ever held, I make it a point to state, at the outset, that I do not do any work on Good Friday.
Of course I realize that for my non-Christian readers, Lenten Friday posts may prove less interesting to you than when I write about secular topics. However as you are well-aware if you have visited this site before, I am first and foremost a Christian, and a Catholic one at that. My Faith flavors much of my writing, as indeed it directs my actions. While I do not use this site to proselytize or engage in apologetics, I do try my best to integrate my Faith into my daily life, albeit committing all sorts of mistakes along the way. Therefore I would be remiss if I did not take advantage of the opportunity to turn my thoughts to Christ during this liturgical season, and also to share those thoughts with you.
Even if you are not a Christian of any sort, if you are on this site you are presumably interested in Western culture, and how we relate to it in the modern age, for that is an ongoing concern of the Blog of the Courtier project. If that is the case for you, then I would submit that you cannot really understand Western culture unless you have some understanding of Christianity, and particularly of Catholicism. The beliefs and practices of my fellow Catholics over the past two thousand years have shaped innumerable aspects of your life, even if you are not fully aware of how that is the case, from the obvious such as art, architecture, and history, to the not-so-obvious – geography, education, biology, etc.
I am by no means trained in theology beyond any basic level, and I can only write in a very limited way on Lenten matters, so please do not expect any sort of great treatise or series of essays to come out of this series. However, I hope that even if you are not a Christian, you will at least consider reading the Friday Lenten posts on these pages, if only to glean a bit of perspective on how Catholics understand their Faith, and how that understanding colors their view of the world. And of course, if you should have questions about some of the matters I will be writing about, you will have the opportunity to post comments, ask this writer questions privately and directly using the feedback form, or even to engage in conversation with others in the comments section for each blog post. Hopefully this will prove a fruitful effort for all concerned, and may all of you have a most blessed and holy season of Lent.