Many years ago I had "hotwired" the phone of the office I working in in Rome so that I could dial out past the Vatican operator and get on Compuserve (Oh… how we thought that was cutting edge at the time), where I was moderator of the ur-Catholic Online Forum. That forum software had chat room functions. Each time I would try to leave the site to go home, some other soul would enter the "room" and it rapidly became obvious that many people were either shut in or alone. After all, why else would they have been there? I wound up spending over 12 hours in that office that Christmas, talking to people all over the world who were alone and providing the chat room for their safe clean chat.
It occurred to me in the middle of Mass number 3 today (Puer natus est) that that might indeed be the case with people using blogs today.
I don’t have chat enabled in this blog but I do want to greet those of you who are along or shut in, perhaps ill or unable otherwise to go out, without people to be with.
I remembered you at Mass today and I give you my special Christmas greeting.