I just received a message from a fellow Xangan that moved me to share with everyone, very briefly, why I have remained on Xanga for nearly ten years now, bearing through the good times and bad, in spite of the intensity of entering a religious order, working hard for my degree in philosophy, and now teaching full-time at a high school (hence the severe lack of updates!).
I cannot share the contents of the message of course, but here's what I have to say:
Brothers and sisters I have remained on Xanga for chiefly these reasons-
1. To reach out to and console those who are alone and in pain.
2. To educate people about the Catholic faith, and likewise to encourage those who are Catholic to continue growing in the ancient faith. Coupled with this is the desire to inform misunderstanding, speak out against deliberate misinformation or slander (fortunately a rare thing) and correct error regarding the Church and what she teaches and believes.
3. To pray for those who request prayer, to promise prayer for those who need it, and to pray for those who have no idea I am praying for them.
The message I received today, and she likely will know who she is if she reads my blog, made me realize a fourth reason I remain on Xanga.
4. Because saints are being made here.
Like Xanga, hate Xanga, see it as trash and immaturity or see it as a place for deep discussion and honest revelation of hearts and souls: the Holy Spirit is at work in all of it somehow, and I've had such a graced privilege over the years of seeing the inner-workings of His labor in some amazing souls. Messages like today and instances I've experienced on Xanga in the past make all the inappropriate language and images, immaturity, trolling, insults, ignorance and all else that sometimes seems to take over Xanga completely worthwhile.
God bless all of you, and please take to heart with all seriousness that I do, really, love all of you very, very much, and that I pray for every single one of you in one way or another, many of you by name, every single day.
Sincerely and most humbly,