When I was in 8th grade, I performed in a solo singing examination, where you sing for a judge and get scored.  I knew I could get a “superior” mark, and I wanted it so much I could taste it!  Alas, I came away with only an “excellent.”  Me, excellent?!  BAH!

I knew that I was superior.  And now, at last, the world does too!  It is thanks to the discerning tastes of my dear friend Julie, of Happy Catholic!  Yes, she has made my week much brighter by bestowing upon me the Superior Scribbler Award!


I’ve actually read Happy Catholic for quite some time now, and never imagined my humble blog would receive an award from one of my favorite bloggers!  For that matter, for a long time, I never imagined that Julie and I would belong to the same parish and be friends in real life!  Thank God and St. Raphael for such happy meetings!  :D

And now, per the rules (see below), I am to bestow this award upon 5 other deserving bloggers!  It’s a bit of a daunting decision, given all the many outstanding Catholic bloggers out there… all of them smart, funny, spiritual, loyal, brave in speaking truth to the world, and excellent and creative in their use of this new technology!

Nevertheless, here are 5 bloggers who have greatly inspired and delighted me with their Superior Scribbling:

Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP. Fr. Powell is an outstanding preacher and teacher, and one of the highlights of his blog, Domine, da Mihi Hanc Aquam, is his terrific homilies!  Always engaging, educational, challenging, and exhortative, they really help us delve into scripture and encounter the Lord there, to come face to face with Truth Himself.  In addition to the homilies, Father also shares a variety of other article, news, commentary, insights, answers, advice, and personal stories, including, recently, his powerful vocation story. Fr. Powell is also the author of Suppl(e)mental, which has the subtitle, “Faith + Science = No Contradiction.”

Mr. Tom Kreitzberg, OP. My favorite Lay Dominican blogger, author of Disputations.  I always find Tom’s reflections on scripture, theology, spirituality, and Catholic life to be enlightening; they very often help me to look at things in a new and different light.  For example, I really enjoyed his reflection on the Immaculate Conception and the true nature of hope.  They also very often make me laugh, sometimes when I least expect it, so I would advise not drinking anything while reading.  Oh, and I can’t forget to praise Tom’s talent for making helpful visual aids and fun cartoons!

Mr. Will Duquette. This gentleman is no doubt soon to become a Lay Dominican, and I already consider him an “honorary” Dominican by virtue of his great studiousness.  His Blogging Aquinas project is one of the best uses of blogging I’ve come across.  In one early post, he explains, “I’m not writing this blog to share my vast fund of knowledge; I’m writing it to learn.”  I think this is true of most good bloggers to some extent, but Will takes it to a serious new level: studying the works of St. Thomas Aquinas and related works on Aristotelian philosophy!  Color me impressed!  Will also has the blog, The View from the Foothills, which contains lots of excellent book reviews among other things!

Fr. John Valencheck (aka Fr. V). One of my favorite priest bloggers, Fr. V is currently pastor of St. Sebastian’s parish in Akron, Ohio, and has a blog called Adam’s Ale.  Father keeps a weekly schedule, with certain days of the weeks being devoted to certain topics.  In Monday Diary, Father gives us some insights into various aspects and goings-on of everyday life for a parish priest.  Father has such a delightful and engaging way of telling stories that he makes you feel like you’re there, and one of my all-time favorites is this one in which Father has to put up with an unexpected guest on a Sunday morning.  I also really enjoy his Symbolic Friday posts in which he teaches the religious symbolism of a great many things!  In between, he shares quotations, fun things like videos and games, and whatever topic may come to mind.

Ms. Seraphic Single. This dear lady and her blog, Still Seraphic, have provided me and single Catholic ladies everywhere with advice, understanding, and encouragement as we strive to live our single Catholic lives to the fullest and happiest.  I’ve laughed and cried and always enjoyed Seraphic’s lively style!  Of all the wonderful folks I’ve met in the Catholic blogosphere, Seraphic is probably the most kindred of kindred spirits–we even share a fondness for goth culture!  I could not be happier that Seraphic is now engaged to be married, and I still enjoy following her story in her new blog, Seraphic Meets Bridezilla!  One post that caught my eye recently is “Single People and Domestic Church,” which contains a gem about single people that I had no idea was in the Catechism!  She is also the author of the novels The Tragical Tale of Aelianus of England and The Widow of Saint-Pierre.

And here are the Rules of the Award:

Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.

Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.

Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to this post, which explains The Award.

Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List (scroll down). That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!

Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.