Blogs to Follow Friday: Esther, Brianna, and a Domo Arigato

We’ve got a great line-up today: A Catholic convert, an imminent Catholic convert, and someone who I hope one day converts.

Blog: Elizabeth Esther
Author: ibid

Elizabeth is the real-deal. And by that I mean she has had quite the life experiences, including becoming Catholic in spite of a fundamentalist Protestant upbringing. She writes with (sometimes brutal) honesty but always has solid advice (like, a true soul-mate is the man who wakes up at 2 am to care for your child). Finally, she’s going to Bolivia for a while and she will probably be reviewing my book soon (those two events are unrelated…at least I think they are).

Blog: Just Showing Up
Author: Brianna Heldt

I just discovered Brianna’s blog and am delighted. Like us, she and her husband have adopted (including children of different races), and like us, they have lots of young children. Unlike us, they just got one of those awesome vans where all the children just keep pouring out (Katie and I want one too!). As if that weren’t enough, they are adopting two more children very soon and are going to enter full communion with the Catholic Church soon! Brianna may also review my book (which would be awesome as she and her husband are life-long Protestants).

He even *looks* smart!

Blog: Growing Grace-full
Author: Chris Donato

Alright I admit it: I’ve been waiting to say domo arigato, Mr. Donato for months! Chris, please forgive me as we don’t really know each other, except through occasional run-ins at various apologetics blogs. And I’m sure you’ve heard that a million times throughout your life, but I can’t resist.

Chris is a Protestant guy, very smart, edited that Reformed magazine TableTalk which I haven’t read but am sure is quite a heavy-weight. I respect him because he will actually try to answer the toughest questions posed to Protestantism, and he does so without all the polemics and ad hominems that are often heard from others.

Blogs to Follow Friday: Comrades Edition

This week we look at blogs by comrades-in-blogging-arms:

The elusive Mr. Vandapool

Blog: A Catholic UNApologist
Author: Patrick Vandapool

Patrick is gifted with both a sharp wit and a sharp pencil. He’s got drawing skillz, comrade! I don’t know how to classify his art, but it makes me think Soviet-Politik-KGB-1984-nuclear holocaust.”

Patrick is an un-apologetic apologist, which is a good balance for me, since I’m always trying to point out what we Catholics can learn from Protestants and apologizing for all our Catholic screw-ups.  I guess I’m the apologetic apologist! In any event, check out his blog.

Marcel looking happy (but tough)

Blog: Aggie Catholics
Author: Marcel LeJeune

Okay, so this one is a no-brainer for me, because I am an Aggie Catholic! Marcel directs the Catholic campus ministry at (the illustrious) Texas A&M University, where yours truly earned his electrical engineering degree. In case you have been in Antarctica for the past ten years, St. Mary’s Student Center in College Station has produced more vocations and other holy people than practically every other college combined.*

Marcel keeps up with all kinds of stuff, including upcoming Aggie radio and TV appearances, and he also wrote a book about people’s lives changed by the Theology of the Body!

Jason Elizondo of ACNM

Blog: Austin Catholic New Media Group
Author: Various

Okay, so I have some holy envy about this one. You see, I would have been involved with this group had we not moved from Austin! It was just getting launched when we moved out of state, and now I just get the occasional postcard about the awesome things they are doing.

Well, it’s not all doom and gloom, as they just added several more bloggers who are also personal friends of mine! Austin is a great place and a blossoming bastion of Catholic life, and this group is serving the diocese by connecting the faithful through new media. Maybe they’ll make me an honorary member?

Comrades, please leave your comment listing other blogs that the State can wiretap and infiltrate publicize so that all may benefit from them.

* okay, I made this up, but seriously it’s almost true.