We are sorry for the problems you might have encountered while visiting our website recently. It was hacked a week ago and our server–attacked with malware. Our magnificent IT support worked hard to solve the problem. The Foundation’s websites had to be copied and moved to a new server. Now there should be no more issues with the way the page is displayed and the e-mail subscritption of Fr. Jay’s homilies should continue.
We are also hoping to start publishing sometime soon additional posts, addressed especially to the fans and graduates of our Programs. We would like to inspire you with the “I+YOU=WE” ideas in even more new ways.
Stay tuned. Or better: stay with us with your prayer and let’s undertake together the effort to make the world a better place–by starting with a “man in the mirror”. 🙂
With best regards
Małgorzata (aka “Margaret”) Rybak, the blog’s Editor in Chief
Today we’re celebrating the birthday of Carol Dillon – the member of our international Blog Team, formed by the people of goodwill who help us in the Family Support mission. Carol lives in Omaha, Nebraska, where she is involved in many activities, including pro-life campaigns, supporting missionaries and preparing children to Sacraments. She is a teacher of academic writing, who has assisted Fr. Jay and our Foundation with her excellent language skills – both as an outstanding teacher and a conscientious proofreader.
What we appreciate so much is Carol’s love for people, surpassing the love for syntax, spelling and punctuation – which matter much for every linguist 🙂 She’s been with us in her prayers every day.
Happy Birthday, Dear Carol! Let every day bring you the freshness of new challenges, blessings and grace!
Thank you for being with us
The Harbour Blog Team
It’s been one year since you started receiving my short homilies.
I strongly believe that Our Lord’s Word answers all our questions and needs. It’s been a beautiful experience for me to share with you my reflections based on the Daily Readings. I usually wrote them very early in the morning, but sometimes, in a very busy schedule, I needed to stay up very late (once I spent almost 5 hours trying to finish a homily, fighting with sleep). Sometimes I had to come up with a piece two or three days in advance, but generally it was always the best time I had. What I did was meditating and asking for the words for you, my dear Brothers and Sisters, my spiritual children.
I also wanted the homilies to be part of assistance after Program I+YOU=WE for the Love and Life Programs participants: a word of inspiration for your marriage–to help you follow your vocation of a spouse and make the best of it.
I would like to say a very special “thank you” to people who have been helping me and are invisible:
to Carol–a former teacher of academic writing–for sharing her outstanding proofreading talents with us, her availability and prayers,
to Margaret–our Editor-in-Chief–for her dedication, edition, publication and beautiful pictures on Facebook, which make the homilies more understandable (one picture is worth 1000 words),
to Majo – our translator in Spanish, and to Beatriz – our great supporter in Latinamerica (and from time to time – also translator),
to Agnieszka Buczkowska, who used to translate the blog post together with Margaret before my wiritng in English here began one year ago
and to you my dear Readers, for support, encouraging comments and friendship.
For the past six months, our “Homily Team” – including Fr. Jay, the writer, Margaret – the editor and administrator, and Roberto – our translator of homilies into Spanish – had the privilege of working together in this rewarding experience of sharing God’s Word.
Today – we want to say “thank you” to Roberto, who is leaving the Team for some time, for his excellent day-to-day work. But also for all that he brought into the Team not only with his expertise, but also with his personality, experience and wisdom.
Thank you, Dear Brother, and we hope to welcome you back soon.
Margaret, the Harbour’s Editor-in-Chief
I don’t know how about elsewhere in Poland, but in Wrocław it’s windy. This is good, because we may hope Fr. Jay has been blown back to the country. We were so happy to read what he shared with us as an overseas correspondent. Thanks to that we could be a bit there, in the heart of the “happening” of things that were not quite ordinary. And we are so grateful to Mrs Sue Hilgers for her post – shining with the break of the day – in which we can see so clearly that the Holy Family chooses most surprising and beautiful places to receive guests – their loved children. Right in the middle of a highway!
No less extraordinary did it feel to greet among our Readers the Organizers and Participants of the Educational Program at the Pope Paul VI in Omaha. It is our great wish that you could feel in the Harbour completely at home. We would like you to find here a place of taking a rest before getting back to your chores – a place you can always return to.
We would like all the Readers to feel invited to share your experience and words of encouragement with others. We’re looking forward to the “postcards” from the places – near or far away – where you can live by faith. We’re waiting for your texts which we could post in The Harbour. Please, mail them to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With best regards,
Harbour Blog Team
– meaning: more than one melodic voice. Poliphony was there at the dawn of the idea for a blog which would show the snapshots from living by faith.
So you’ll find here many voices, different perspectives and instead of “the” author – many authors. One faith, but diverse ways in which we discover, experience and share it. All this to turn “a blog” – yes, that simple and popular form of writing – into the place of an encounter and exchange. Into the communion of authors, readers and those who work hard translating and proofreading. A hospitable place and not totally virtual.
From now on, in the “Harbour” there will be a special place for the boats of our Guests to moor at. Our first Guest, Joseph, lives at the distance of 7 thousand kilometers from Poland, in the country, where Christians account for no more than 3-5% of the population. We’re very happy he wrote a few lines to share at the “Harbour”. We’re honoured to welcome India.
So I’ve lived to see this.
Our Foundation has joined the blog-writing community.
It seems from now on I should start making efforts to turn the half-literate person that I am (I can read) into (no, not into someone entirely illiterate – I meant a different kind of evolution) “the writing man”, homo scribens.
For years I’ve felt attracted to St Paul’s imperative to become everything to everyone (1 Corinthians 9:22), so if there are people willing to read, someone has to write, too.
I’m happy that in our Foundation there are people who want to write for those who want to read. May God guide you.