Since a reader wrote to ask, I thought I'd mention that comments are back on as of Dec. 31--but only on the posts written since then. That's the software, not me; I'd have to go back and manually permit comments for all the posts that were written after I turned comments off, which would take quite a bit of time and probably be counter-productive in the long run.
The experiment of having comments off was interesting. I found myself posting as often as I wanted without feeling tied to an arbitrary blogging schedule (which is just me--I have this thing about posting daily on weekdays even though I don't have to do so). I also found it nice to go to my email box without dreading the near-daily set of comments from a handful of people who apparently hate Catholics, Church teaching, and anybody who talks about those things, and who vent that hate by posting obscenities and so on. No, I'm not thin-skinned; no blogger can afford to be. But it's still unpleasant to have to delete other people's verbal excretions, especially when they are so dull and predictable. What ever happened to the art of clever invective? I could at least enjoy that, and might even post some of it if it were clever and literary enough.
Most of all, the extra bits of time from not having to blog and/or moderate comments was very welcome in this busy season. As I told the reader who wrote, I've seen other Catholic bloggers shut off comments during Advent or Lent and wondered if it is really helpful. It was, for me. So I may do it again during Lent--but since Lent is six weeks long and my busy weeks are really only the last two (choir practices and church obligations) I will probably only turn off comments those two weeks. Unless I change my mind before then, which is a woman's prerogative. :)
So: any comments you've been wishing to share on the topics of unjust sentencing, the Legion of Christ, Eastside Catholic High's situation, or anything else I posted on from early December till now? Want to talk about your Christmas, or anything else? Open comments below!