Note to readers – email, etc.

I get a lot of email.  I get so much email that I can’t possibly read it all.

Could I make a few requests?

You would be surprised how many times people send me links to my own blog entries.  Please, dear readers, don’t send me links to my own blog entries to let me know that Fr. Z posted something about A, B or C.  I already know Fr. Z posted.  I am he.  I grant that I may forget things I posted a year ago, but for the most part I know what I posted about this week.

I often suggest to people who want to write to bishops or to the Vatican, or even to their parish priest, to keep their letters brief, even just one side of one sheet of paper.  If you write 2000 word emails to me, it is likely that at some point I will look stop reading and look to see if there is a salient point somewhere.  Sorry.  I’m human.

It isn’t a good idea to send me email after email telling me what I ought to post.  It just isn’t.  Sorry. There’s that human thing again.  St. Paul wrote “omnibus omnia factus sum“, but he was an Apostle.  I got stuck with “infirmis infirmus” part of that deal.

If people ask for prayers, I pray then and there.  I get an awful lot of email from people asking for prayers.  It is a duty and pleasure to pray for people in this way, even though some of the emails just break your heart.  I do pray for you even if I don’t answer the email.

If you write to me, as a matter of fact, I am probably not going to answer your email.  There are not enough hours in the day.  I just can’t do it.  To handle all the stuff I get in email, I would need a couple secretaries.  I do try to limit my time at the computer and do other things.

If those are general guidelines, here is a more ephemeral pointer, useful for today and the near future.

Don’t bother writing to me to defend Pres. Obama’s HHS attack on the Catholic Church.  Instead of wasting your time, I suggest you go have your head examined.

Finally, buy some Mystic Monk Coffee!

It’s swell!  And it’s not Starbucks.

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10 Responses to Note to readers – email, etc.

  1. HyacinthClare says:

    I’ll bet you’re covered up with Susan G. Komen vs Planned Parenthood, too. American Papist says they have NOT caved in. They leftist mafia has pulled out all the stops to destroy them, first with their own people, then with us. I hope you’re waiting until there’s a clear solution on this… then I can not WAIT to see what you have to say about it. Utterly shameless evil.

  2. Charles E Flynn says:

    Sadly, secretaries cannot be placed on an Amazon wishlist. [Not yet.]

  3. NoTambourines says:

    “You would be surprised how many times people send me links to my own blog entries.”

    Say, Father, this guy is good! Have you heard of him? *grin*

    I do send news items when I think they might be of interest, but I never do so with the expectation of seeing them posted.

  4. Scott W. says:

    “Don’t bother writing to me to defend Pres. Obama’s HHS attack on the Catholic Church. Instead of wasting your time, I suggest you go have your head examined.”

    ROFL!

    I often suggest to people who want to write to bishops or to the Vatican, or even to their parish priest, to keep their letters brief, even just one side of one sheet of paper.

    As a TA, I had a few nuts that actually wanted to exceed the page limit for their term paper. I would say, “If you can’t make your case in five pages, you ain’t gonna make it in twenty.”

  5. SKAY says:

    “Instead of wasting your time, I suggest you go have your head examined.”
    I needed a good laugh Father. Thank you.

    H C–I hope you are right. I just read a statement put out by SGK and it certainly sounded like they caved in. Pelosi is crowing about it.

  6. wmeyer says:

    SKAY, that statement they put out was only meaningful if you had knowledge of the nature of the investigation into PP — I did not, so it was free of meaning, and I was able to appreciate it in all its slimy glory. The language was sufficient, however, to convey that they were reversing course while appearing not to.

  7. marajoy says:

    This post makes me feel pretty awesome… Every single one of my (maybe 2 or 3?) emails to Fr. Z has either received an answer or it’s own blog post. :-)
    Brevity and clarity… :-)

  8. lethargic says:

    Father, I was stretching my finger over to click on email to send you a note … oh, wait …

    Seriously, praying for you right now. May God bless you.

  9. JohnW says:

    Thank you Father for your vocation and thank you for this blog. I am a daily reader and hope you can continue for many years. I pray for you and hope many others do too.

  10. Jim Ryon says:

    Ditto to what JohnW said.