I always get confused re the distinction between humility and hiding our light under a bushel. Nonetheless with all honor to a Power Greater Than Myself: my Angelus News column just received First Place from the Catholic Press Association 2021 for Best Regular Column on Arts, Leisure, Culture and Food.
I definitely need to start writing more about leisure, but I’m too busy.
I also got a Second Place mention in the category “Best Coverage–Racial Inequities” for this essay, “The Ultimate Scapegoat.”
Even better, my beloved Angelus News received many other awards in many other categories. Big congrats to all, all around, with a special shout-out to Pablo Kay, editor-in-chief, who rec’d an Honorable Mention for the best such IN THE COUNTRY.
One year the CPA had me as a speaker for their annual awards conference. I went up after some guy from EWTN who crowed about having recently expanded the station’s reach to 18 trillion or something like that. When I got up there, I laughed, “Well, my own media empire is a bit smaller…I operate it from a desk in my bedroom that’s about four feet long”…
My desk I’m happy to say is now more like seven feet long as I’m using my former dining room table on which to spread out.
The weekly column is the fruit of a whole life of prayer, reading, pondering, sifting. When I saw yesterday that I’d won, first I cried a little and then I said, “That’s your prize, Jesus.” Nil nisi te.