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!
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