by Eric Sammons
I have been involved with Internet discussions and apologetics for a very long time, at least in Internet terms. I remember debating a man from the Netherlands via email about Catholic theology in 1992, before I was even officially received into the Catholic Church. Considering "Internet years" are somewhat like dog years, I figure that's 119 years of online debates and discussions (and it even feels like more sometimes). Over that time I have developed some rules of engagement for Internet apostolate that might be helpful for others:
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Putting her media smarts and contacts to work, the Lakeway, Texas, mother of six put together a package of Catholic programming for MP3 players that soldiers could carry with them. She launched an organization, Frontline Faith, to raise funds and produced the first run of 1,000 MP3 players to go into the hands of Catholics in hospitals and those awaiting deployment.
Supporting her is the Archdiocese for the Military Services, which serves Catholic servicemen and women, their families and Catholic chaplains. Its archbishop, Timothy Broglio, is on the MP3 twice, celebrating Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and, later in the program, preaching at the same place.
The community of believers who are friends with the Pauline Sisters thank God for yet another gift God had given us. Sr. Laura Brown, fsp, was with the Honolulu Pauline community for about two years, and now has joined her Sisters in Boston.
This would be a blessing to her mother who recently lost her husband. Though we will miss Sr. Laura we know she will be happy to share many moments with her mother, especially at a time when she needs comforting from her daughter whom she raised to become a light for others. Now, that daughter will be a light for her!
Mahalo nui loa, Sr. Laura, for spearheading the Pauline Cooperators group in Honolulu -- when you were once with us. We will cherish you! Your service continues to be an inspiration to us!
Naturally, all this involves difficulties, sacrifices and dangers, which require, over and beyond the spirit of the apostolate, the prudence of the serpent, the simplicity of the dove, and the fidelity of the martyr.
But the apostle must learn to forget himself in order to give himself to people and to God.
Saint Tarcisius the martyr can be held up as a model and protector. "