Perfection in Simplicity

Welcome to the new home of the OneParish Founder's Blog!  Several people mentioned that having this blog at www.growingthefaith.com was causing some confusion, so from now on you can find us here.

I'd like to dive into a simple, beautiful quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. While he is best known and loved for his book The Little Prince, de Saint-Exupéry was also an aviator, explorer, and Catholic. He had a life of many adventures, including world travel, attempts at several aviation speed records, and even a crash in the deserts of northern Africa that he miraculously survived.

With regard to our work, I like to keep this quote always in mind:

It seems that perfection is attained, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away.

OneParish could be many things that it currently is not. A great example of this is in the Catholic blogosphere. There are many, many amazing writers out there (Simcha Fisher, Fr. Z's Blog, and All the Amazing Women of CatholicMom.com, just to name a few). We seriously considered including many blogs, but in the end we thought it better to focus on being a gateway to rich content. OneParish is the starting point for daily faith; start each day with us, make faith a habit, and go deeper with our amazing partner organizations.

Our Planned Content for Now:

  • - Daily Mass Readings and Saint of the Day. What better way to start a day than with Sacred Scripture and the example of the Saints who went before us?
  • - Common Prayers. A simple, beautiful, searchable library that will expand over time.
  • - High-quality video and audio, from groups like Word on Fire and Relevant Radio. Their content is insightful, always fresh, and second-to-none.
  • - Daily Roles. (coming soon) Choose an area of your life you want to improve: mother, father, husband, wife, co-worker, friend, and many more. We help you grow in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola - make faith a daily habit, even for 90 seconds a day, and watch God's grace blossom in your life.
  • - Daily Reminders. Not exactly content unto itself, the Daily Reminders system will help you make prayer a habit - whether that is the Mass readings, a Role reflection, or a prayer of your choosing.

We are sure this content will grow and change over time, but no matter what the future holds, we try to keep the perfection of simplicity as our guide.

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