Family Honor is proud to announce that Vincent Weaver, our Director of Programs and Training, is now featured as a regular blogger for the National Catholic Register. So, how did he get started and what does he write about? Vincent responded to some of our questions recently …
FH: Why did you start blogging? Is this something you’ve wanted to do for a while?
VW: For the last several years, my Family Honor training has inspired me to pass along connections, analogies, and insights on Facebook that I thought might be helpful to some. A thought would pop into my head – sometimes just from seeing a bumper sticker or a picture – and a whole series of connections to that one item would start to
form. I never actually set out to be a “blogger”, per se, but have increasingly found the process of writing to be a good, creative outlet in recent years.
FH: How did you get to be a featured/regular blogger for the Register?
VW: Quite a few encouraging comments were passed along by those who read these posts, and eventually, one of our fellow Family Honor presenters, Jen Fitz (herself an established blogger), suggested she introduce me to the editor at the National Catholic Register. He apparently liked my first submission and posted it online, and to my surprise, it was shared over 3,600 times!
FH: Do you have a favorite topic to write about?
VW: For some inexplicable reason, I tend to be drawn to controversial subjects – sometimes theological and/or ideological – but typically anything related to sexual morality and behaviors.
FH: Where do you get your inspiration from?
VW: My inspiration largely comes from being a dad. Being able to articulate to my five daughters the Truth of God’s Word motivates me to hone those challenging conversations through multiple iterations. Writing about these subjects helps me think through what I might want to say out loud when the time comes.
FH: Any memorable/insightful/helpful comments from readers who have provided feedback to you?
VW: The most memorable comments or feedback comes from those who disagree with what I write. (This is also part of my motivation.) While it’s hard to take criticism, perhaps, more and more I’m realizing most people aren’t upset with ME – they are grappling with a lot of hurt and anguish from choices they’ve made or experiences that have been thrust upon them. Because of that, I’m realizing that these aren’t arguments to be “won” – they are opportunities to display an equal dose of truth and mercy.
FH: What has been the most difficult/challenging blog you’ve written?
VW: While articles about contraception and IVF have brought about a fair amount of criticism, it’s been the ones on homosexuality that have triggered the most intense reactions. Because I have no small number of extended family members and friends who are directly affected by same-sex attraction, this has been a very personal issue. Though it’s not necessarily hard to write about, it’s a reminder to me that I really need to make sure I’m focusing on the Truth through genuine Christ-like love.
FH: What advice would you give to others who may want to start writing for Catholic media?
VW: When a thought enters your head, just start writing. Check your facts and always make sure you’re being charitable. Be open to criticism and pray about what you write and how you respond. When you’re feeling that God’s calling you to that next step, reach out to Catholic publications and submit a sample or two of your work. Many have opportunities to bring “guest writers/bloggers” on board. While the quality of writing is obviously important, the topic is just as important. What topic stirs people’s interest? What is relevant to them? How critical is timing to your topic?
FH: Any other thoughts?
VW: God has a very interesting role/purpose for every one of us. Be open to His plan for you, because it’s almost certainly not exactly what you had in mind. I think that’s a big part of a “childlike faith”, though. We don’t have to know all the details of the path – we just have to trust in the final destination.
Read some of Vincent’s blog posts: