Mums embrace blogs to become digital disciples

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One of Mary's titles is "Christ's First Disciple," and some of Christ's earliest followers were women, two of whom he appeared to first after his resurrection. Now, some 2,000 years later, another special group of women, specifically Catholic mums who blog on the Internet about their faith, the Catholic Church, as well as the joys and challenges of parenthood and everyday family life, can be considered among Christ's newest evangelisers or "digital disciples," reports the Catholic News Service.

"Part of our vocation as mothers is to be within our home and do our work with love, and (as Catholic bloggers) we can also do work that draws people closer to Christ and his church," said Lisa Hendey, a Catholic wife and mum blogger from Fresno, California.

In between carpool, dinner and homework duties, a growing number of Catholic mums have turned to Internet blogging as a newfound outlet to enrich their own Catholic faith, as well as the faith journeys of their regular readers, with whom they form a sort of spiritual camaraderie.

"We try to be supportive to parents in the trenches of the domestic church," said Hendey, a mum of two sons ages 18 and 21. She also is the author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Mums and The Handbook for Catholic Mums.

Hendey said her eight-year-old blog, www.catholicmom.com, grew out of a website she launched in 2000.

Nowadays, she has about 150 regular contributors, mostly mums, a few dads - all volunteers - who are writing on various topics such as daily prayer, the church's liturgical seasons, marriage, family finances, books and movies. Hendey stressed that although the blog's content covers a multitude of Catholic-related subjects, all essays must be in accordance with church teaching and doctrine.

A blog is a website on which an individual or group of users record and share opinions and information on a regular basis. There are more than 150 million blogs on the Internet, with nearly 3,000 of them designated as Catholic blogs. There are no stats on the number of blogs operated by Catholic moms, but it is a growing "ministry" in this era of the new evangelization, said Hendey.

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