Pringle Musings: Catholica Omnia Turns 1

Have a cupcake to celebrate Catholica Omnia's 1st birthday. :)

A year ago today, as I began transitioning out of studying in the seminary, the Thomas Pringle Vocation Blog was renamed Catholica Omnia. When I originally made the change, I was unsure about what things I would cover and I even questioned whether or not I would continue blogging. However, seemingly everywhere I went, people were asking me to continue with the website so they could continue to follow my journey. So, needless to say, I continued to keep the pages up.

Throughout the year, as I began to write about papal trips to various countries, bishops appointments, social concerns, and much more, the experiences taught me more than I would have learned otherwise. In June, I began to recognize that there was a lot of interest in learning about the Catholic position on various social issues, an idea came to mind about starting a series of posts on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Wherever that idea came from, the result has been an incredible blessing for me and I hope the posts have been as much of a grace for you.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for stopping by, however often that may be. We are on this faith journey together and I thank all of you allowing me to share my own personal faith experiences, thoughts and challenges. Keeping the website up, no matter how challenging it can get a times, has been one of the biggest blessings in my life.

May the Lord grant you abundant blessings and happiness.

allowing me to share my own personal faith experiences, thoughts and challenges

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Bringing in the New Year Rome Style! | Source: WDTPRS

Good afternoon and welcome to December!! Here in Florida, the last month of the year  has rolled in with a vengeance. It’s freezing down here and by freezing I mean highs in the mid-60s. What can I say? As a native Floridian anything below 75 degrees makes me put on a jacket. Nonetheless, it is definitely a beautiful way to begin preparing for Christmas.

Over the last few days, I have been running an idea by my fellow tweeps about doing a series of posts on the top Catholic stories of 2010. However, I realize that many of you are not on that Twitter contraption. Nonetheless, I wanted to get your insights and ideas. What have been the most intriguing, inspiring, or controversial Catholic stories of the year in your opinion?? Feel free to email me at with your thoughts. You can also leave a comment below.

I am looking forward to receiving your insights. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Source: Daily Herald | Brian Hill

I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend so far. I would like to take a minute to apologize for the lack of substantial posts over the last few days. I know many of you have wondered where I have been lately. Well, things have been quite busy on my end with working, getting ready for school, etc. It is so hard to believe that this summer is practically over; school is just a couple of weeks away. To be honest, I am quite excited about getting back into a normal routine.

Over the next few days, things should begin to return to business as usual and I will have some more time to do posts here and on the Catholic Vote Action blog. I thank you for patience and for your continued reading.

I know I promised some more on the federal judge’s decision to overturn Proposition 8. But, truthfully, there are others out there who are more capable of giving you information on what this decision means for us as a Church and as a country. I recommend that you check in with our good friend the American Papist for all of your news on Proposition 8.

There is one thing I will say about the decision, however:

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Over the last couple of months, as I have transitioned out of the seminary, the blog has taken on a new approach, as many of you have witnessed. Three years ago, when I began that awesome journey of faith as a seminarian, the blog’s purpose was to keep my family, friends and supporters up-to-date on my progress. I shared countless stories about what seminary life was all about and how my experiences developed and shaped my faith. However, when my life outside of priestly formation began, the blog took on a new role, keeping Catholics informed about the internal workings of the Church (new appointments, installation Masses, etc.) as well as the external issues currently facing the Church.

About three weeks ago, I was approached about possibly joining the blogging team at Catholic Vote Action. To tell you the truth, I was ecstatic to even be considered for the opportunity. Since then, I have been thinking about what issues I could write about. While pro-life issues were number one on the list, I have also considered the debates surrounding gay marriage, immigration reform and the death penalty.

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Special Congratulations

A brief interruption in the usual posts to offer congratulations to Rocco Palmo whose blog, Whispers in the Loggia, reached an astonishing 15,000,000+ viewers this week.

In my book, Rocco was one of the founding fathers, if you will, of the Catholic blogging movement. Without him and a host of others, the Catholic presence on the internet would not be as significant as it is today.

Thanks for keeping us informed and up-to-date on all of the happenings in the Catholic Church! Keep up the good work, Rocco!!

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