Meeting Friends “In Real Life”

One of the things I love about doing these special advent and lenten projects for Catholic Roundup, is the new people I meet through the projects.  I first met Daniel from the Special Chronicles Podcast 2 years ago when he joined us for our online day of reflection.

Yesterday we got to meet Ellen Gable and her husband James from  Plot Line and Sinker and Full Quiver Publishing.  We had only met online during last year’s Catholic New Media Advent Calendar but yesterday alot of our conversation centred around discovering all the people we knew in common and experiences we had shared both online and in our daily lives, including taking our families to Cana Colony at Madonna House (though never at the same time).

We met Ellen and James for St Patrick’s Day Mass, at a basilica named for St. Patrick.   Several times we have shared mass with online friends when we meet in person the first time.  During our conversation afterwards, I was continually struck with a sense of awe about what it means to belong to a universal Church.  Although it was our first meeting in person, we share so many common experiences, beliefs, and know so many people in common.  The other night, friends we knew from Cana Colony, who we keep in touch with online but had not seen in eight years, welcomed us into their home for dinner and a wonderful visit.  Thanks Rob and MaryEllen.


Again and again I’m reminded that our baptism and our Catholic faith unites us as brothers and sisters in Christ.  Last week Jerry reminded me on the Callified Podcast, that we should not make a distinction between our “online” and “in real life” activities.  It’s all real.  However, it  is a great joy when we do get to meet our online friends in person.


I have a guest post from one of my new online friends today.

Denise works with Loyola Press and blogs over at Ignatian Spirituality.  She sent me a note outlining some of the great lenten resources they have to explore Jesuit spirituality.

Dear Sean,

I applaud your good idea of the 40 Days of Catholic Media. As I introduced myself on your blog, I work in Catholic media at Loyola Press, so naturally, your concept caught my attention.

The Web team here at Loyola strives to provide excellent resources in catechesis and spiritual readings for the season of Lent and throughout the year. Perhaps the Lunchtime Examen, in particular, might be something the Catholic Media audience would appreciate. It’s a series of Flash presentations that explain elements of the Daily Examen prayer and lead the participant through the experience of praying that way. The link is available here:

We also have several sidebar badges that people might be interested in, to follow along the Lenten journey.

Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to getting to know others in Catholic media better through this Lenten season.





Thanks Denise.


Your turn to reflect:

Do you find a difference between your online and offline friendships and interactions with people?

How can you respond to the Holy Father’s challenge in his World Communications Day Letter to maintain an authentic online persona?


If you have an idea for a guest post or topic of discussion for our 40 Days of Catholic Media, please drop me a line at or in the comments.

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  • Denise  On March 18, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Sean, thank you for sharing my note. One of the fun things about meeting people online is seeing your own name popping up on other sites, as we share ideas and make connections.

    I want to clarify, however, that I don’t write for the blog dotMagis, but I do work on the site, including managing the site’s photo blog Picturing God. I’m also involved in other aspects of our Web offerings at Loyola Press and find one of the great things about the work is connecting with other Catholics in the online world. Ignatian spirituality seeks to find God in all things, and my online friends help me to do that regularly, for which I am grateful.

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