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Friday, October 23, 2015

A Request (Not Parody this Time)

Dear Friend,

I have been mulling over writing this email for quite some time. I am pretty sure God wants me to write it, but am not sure just what form it should take. I have periodically tried to make my financial needs known to the wider community in one form or another, and many of you have been just so generous.

That you have received this is a result of one of more different factors. It should not be taken as a sign that I have placed any expectations on you whatsoever. If you feel it does, please simply press ‘delete,’ and get on with your day knowing of my profound affection and respect for you.

This email may have come to you in the hope that you will send it on to someone else who might be able to do something concrete about it.

As you know, I have been working hard, trying to get the Catholic Review of Books running, profitable and doing good things for about two years now. I enjoy it so much and many people have told me how much they like it or have benefitted from it. The Review is just one part of the stuff I do, trying to put my theological education and other talents to good use for sake of the Kingdom.

I write. That’s what I am good at, and what I feel God is calling me to do. More than twenty years ago when I became Catholic I was convinced that I could do things for God that mattered. I could write a book about the disappointments I have encountered along the way – but that’s life: young people are too idealistic and I was the worst case of that!

I want to write to bring people to Christ. To convince them that Christ is the Saviour of the Universe and that Catholic life is the path to happiness and to console and guide them as they journey closer to God. Someone should do this, and since I have the PhD and the other requisite skills, why not me?

I have been working very hard to write some books. Some are nearing completion. But I am in serious debt and have no income. I have always spread my time between this apostolic writing work and work that pays the bills. I have no work that pays the bills right now and the little I had has not been enough to keep us out of very grave credit card debt, etc.

Anyway, I wanted to pass this on to you to let you know what’s going on with me. Honestly, common sense says let the Review go, stop all my writing work and get a job in road construction. Common sense says that, and there is nothing wrong with that per se. And yet, why take someone with my skills and zeal out of commission in this way? People want to learn their Faith so as to be better evangelists. Well, I know it better than most and I have the skills to teach it. You know how bad the economy is for people like me, though.

If you believe, as I do, that I should be spreading the Faith rather than anything else, I would ask you to consider whether you or somebody else you know would be able to help support me as I try to move toward economic stability – whether that includes books that pay the bills and/or a teaching position, in addition to my work publishing the Review.

I know that some people in my position ask for monthly commitments to support their apostolic work. Obviously, it doesn’t matter to me in what form your financial support might come. My family and I are able to live very inexpensively in Barry’s Bay, and so that’s great. But right now we are in a very bad way. I hope some day soon this will change and I will no longer need to rely on others’ help.

So, thanks for considering my request. I know that God will greatly bless your kindness, whether that comes by prayer and/or by your financial support. Please pray that I will always be useful for the Kingdom.

I love the Catholic Review of Books. I am happy with it the way it is, but I also want it to become so much more than it is. I want to provide more and more good information to Catholic families about the world of books. This would mean more time to research and read, more time to run the website – more money to fund the website, more money to advertise and pay writers (at this point no writers are paid!).

I am just about to finish up one of the books I have been working on, but writing takes time and time is money, as you know! Please pray that I write something truly good...

I am considering opening up a Go Fund Me initiative. But since friends of ours have been soliciting for financial support for a very important and expensive surgery, I have waited for that to end – which it has recently, and successfully, I am happy to say! But as things are, you can make a donation through the Catholic Review of Books PayPal service. Or you can send a cheque either to me or to the Review.

And please pass this email on to anyone you might think able to help us at this time,

You have no idea how grateful I am to all of my friends and benefactors and how much I pray for you,

In Christ,

Colin Kerr
The Catholic Review of Books

Box 207
Barry’s Bay, Ontario
K0J 1B0


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