I get a huge amount of e-mail every day.
May I plead with you e-mail senders about a few things?
- Please don’t send e-mails with no subject in the subject line or vague subjects such as "Hey look at this!". I simply delete them. A good subject line helps me want to check out what you sent.
- Please don’t send me just a link. Tell me what is going on, what parts are important, and why you think so. If there is no note of explanation, I probably won’t look.
- Please don’t send me articles without links. If there is a link available, please send it also.
- Please don’t ask me to do your homework or translate into or out of Latin. I have plenty to do as it is.
- Please don’t expect me to answer. I simply get too much e-mail.
I consider an e-mail to be an invitation to read and respond, not an obligation.
NB: If you send a note asking prayers for something, – and a remarkable number of you do – I stop on the spot and say a prayer. More serious issues are remembered when I say my daily rosary or during office or Mass. Sometimes I think there should be an order of religious who take live prayer requests via e-mail and chat and pray for people in that moment. But I digress.
Your e-mail is appreciated (well, mostly) and useful (well, mostly). But you could be of great help – please! – by considering my pleas!