My grandfather used to observe that even a blind pig stumbles upon an acorn every once and awhile. That’s come to my mind before when a post on this blog has gone viral. The readership on this blog is not extraordinarily large, which I don’t mind, but every once and awhile a post will get linked or reposted and I’ll see my stats soar for the day. It’s not usually a post I think will go viral – it just happens. The blind pig stumbling upon an acorn.
If there was ever a post that I wanted to go viral, it would be this one.
I’ve been extraordinarily blessed by God through the people whom He has put in my life. Let’s just say that this blind pig has stumbled upon some acorns, to continue our theme, and I know for a fact that those acorns have been placed there by God. He has particularly placed several great priests in my life. I think it is so that I can pray for them, for their perseverance, strength, and protection, and so my life can be touched by the extraordinary amounts of grace that come from a holy friendship. One dear friend in particular always seems to email me to tell me he prayed for me or offered Mass for me right when I need to hear that the most.
I’m used to helping priests in various ways — teach RCIA here, proof an article there, give a homily tip, say a prayer, speak words of encouragement. I’ve never helped a priest with a crowd-funding campaign so that he can record his first album…
I’m so thankful that God has brought Father Kevin McGoldrick to Nashville. He’s is a beautiful homilist, a humble worker for the Lord, and a holy priest. He’s one of those people you just like to be around — the kind of friend that isn’t the showy life of the party but makes every party more fun just by his presence.
And he’s a talented singer-songwriter.
What I love about Father’s music is that it is beautifully authentic — he doesn’t necessary sing about Jesus all the time, but you can tell his music is the fruit of the Christian life. He’s singing about life — whether it’s coffee, Nashville, or men and women … it’s true and beautiful and good. His genre is hard to classify, which I also like. Around here, we call it singer-songwriter, but it’s hard outside of Nashville to really explain that. His inspiration comes all over the map, and as a result, his songs aren’t cookie-cutter or expected.
His campaign to fund his first album launched on Saturday, and I’d like to invite you to be a part of it.
Like with other crowd-funding efforts, there are fun things in store for those of you who are able to help Father. If anything, give ten bucks and get his music when this is all finished. You’ll want his music — so you might as well give the $10 to him instead of waiting and giving it to iTunes, right?
If you can’t give financially at this time, send up a few prayers for Father and for this effort. As my friend Jimmy Mitchell always says, it’s time to take back the culture – and we’ll do it one song at a time, if we have to.
It’s exciting to be a small part of this little adventure. I’ll keep you all posted… and please spread the word. 35 days to fund an album for one of the coolest priests I’ll ever meet. Ready, set, go!