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COLUMN by Father Pablo Migone: The beginning and a new beginning

By Donnell Suggs

Posted On Thursday Feb 25, 2021 · 7:00 am

Nine years ago, a diocesan meeting was held at Sacred Heart Parish in Warner Robins to discuss various issues with the newly ordained bishop.  Bishop Hartmayer listened attentively to priests and laypeople from throughout the diocese who worked with immigrant communities.  That same day I received a phone call from Michael Johnson, editor of the Southern Cross, and I agreed to write an article about the gathering in both English and Spanish. A few weeks later, Michael asked me if I was willing to write on a regular basis, and I agreed.

Both my eighth grade and twelfth grade English teachers assigned us to keep a journal.  We could write on whatever topic we wished as long as we wrote.  In college, I began to maintain a personal journal, which I have kept on and off for the past twenty years.  Before I was ordained in 2009, I started a blog named Labyrinthine Mind where I shared thoughts from the depths of my mind which oftentimes is like a labyrinth.  The title came from the poem Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson, where he describes God as a persistent hound who never ceases to chase us until we turn to him.  About five years ago, the Patheos Catholic page editor contacted me, offering me the opportunity to blog at Patheos. We were college classmates and had kept in touch mostly by reading each other’s articles and posts.  I agreed, so my personal blog Labyrinthine Mind was transferred to Patheos, and I continue to blog there.  Patheos is currently the largest online site for religious discussions in the world.  It is not an exclusive Catholic site, but the Catholic section has a diverse range of authors.

I am grateful to the Southern Cross that my articles have reached thousands of homes and hearts throughout Middle and South Georgia through this medium.  As someone who journals, I do not mind spending much energy writing things that no one will ever read, so it gives me great satisfaction to know that people find the articles I enjoy writing insightful and helpful.  As a significant change comes to the Southern Cross, as announced in the previous issue, I am excited to know that I will continue to write for the new diocesan magazine.  Many dioceses have already moved to a monthly magazine, and I believe this will better serve the needs of the faithful of our diocese. 

Even though most communication today happens virtually, we must never forget the importance and impact of the written word.  As Christians, we are very familiar with the power of the written Word and how it incarnates in the soul. Media has been transformed in the past few decades, and we have not yet seen the end of it. Publishing a written document that can be held and shared continues to have great value.

I look forward to continuing to share my thoughts, reflections, and stories through this paper. My hope remains that my articles will inspire you, the readers, to deepen your relationship with Jesus and strengthen your conviction to live out the Christian life.  



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