Did ya miss me, did ya?
After about three weeks of blogsilence, I’ve re-emerged and things are different around here. Let me take you through some of the big changes.
The big change for me is that I’m now blogging as Laura McAlister (lauramcalister.com).
I’ve changed the name because:
- It’s simpler. Having one name across every platform (blog, twitter, facebook, pinterest etc) simplifies everything. I like simple.
- I want to be a published author someday (soon?) and to do that, I need to start thinking of myself as a writer. That means fully owning my name.
- I needed a change. Catholic Cravings started as my “Conversion Blog”. I want to move beyond that mindset and focus on being a Catholic Christian. Plus, sometimes you just need to mix things up, you know?
- I like seeing people forget how to spell my surname. Now, I have even more opportunities! (So… is that MacAlistair? McAllister? MacCollister? McAlasdair? McAllester?)
This was easily the funnest bit! I said I wasn’t going to change my theme… but we all knew how long that resolution would last!
The great things now is I’m using the Genesis Framework, learning all about CSS and HTML, and having a blast. I’m still in the process of designing so don’t judge me too harshly!
I’m not even sure if this is a vibe I want yet. What do you think?
In the process of re-designing, I discovered I’d committed the mortal sin of blogging: blogging without a clear purpose.
When I started Catholic Cravings, my purpose was to explain to my friends why I had done this bizarre and sudden thing: becoming Catholic. *cue generic horror movie soundtrack* It was also a way for me to figure what it meant to be Catholic. Since then, my purpose morphed into “you know… stuff, Catholicky stuff.”
Now, I have a clearly defined purpose for this blog: I want to help Christians truly know the love of Christ. We can only love God, obey Him and serve Him as much as we believe in His love for us. “We love, because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
This doesn’t mean I’ll only write explicitly about love, of course! Quite the opposite. It’s easy to see God’s love when it’s right there in our faces but I want us to see His love everywhere. For example, I want to help us both believe and experience…
- God’s love because it is His nature: God is Love. [Theology]
- God’s love through the Church — in the sacraments but also in the weird stuff Christians do. (Don’t pretend we’re not weird!) [Church]
- God’s love as a deep, personal intimacy, particularly in the hard times. [Spiritual Growth]
- God’s love for the world, both by evangelism and social justice. [World]
- And yes, God’s love in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a devotion which “of its very nature, is a worship of the love with which God, through Jesus, loved us” (Haurietis Aquas, 107)
I’ll write more about this later — and also show how you can define a purpose for your blog or apostolate. (Blogging is just one, rather odd, apostolate after all!) I’ve found it incredibly liberating!
Finally, thank you all so much for your patience. I really do treasure every single one of you and I’m excited about this new phase.
I want to write better posts to encourage us both — I need the reminder
as much as more than anyone — to rest more easily in the love of Christ and enjoy this life of love He has given us.