Sometime overnight the blog received its millionth view. So if you are a midnight reader, it might have been you (or an early riser in Russia - for some mysterious reason, hits from Russia have been particularly high this last month or so).
A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a millions views are worth... well, nothing in monetary value but a great deal in the encouragement I've received, new friends made and the knowledge that its been of help and interest to some - as well as annoying others (usually anonymous) "stop your evil blog".
I receive occasional phone calls out of the blue. The most memorable one from a young priest in Canada who telephoned just to say thank you, as he had been struggling with opposition in his parish/diocese. I was once surprised, when walking into a restaurant in Prague, to be greeted most warmly by someone who recognised me from the blog!
Of course, in terms of the internet today, a million hits isn't actually very many but considering I didn't actually mean to start a blog, its been an interesting and mostly rewarding ministry (which is sort of how I think of it now). It began as a means of posting online some footage of a Mass celebrated here at St Catherine's so that others could have access to it. Things liturgical have continued to be its main focus - greatly inspired by our beautiful Holy Father emeritus, Pope Benedict.
So this is a little opportunity to say thank you to all those who read this blog; thank you for your encouragement and for the friendships that it has engendered - and keep reading!