Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Giving to the Rich

A few months ago my father was visiting me in Worcester, and left behind a copy of America Magazine when he flew back home. I picked up the magazine, read it through, and almost immediately got online and purchased a subscription. This was a magazine for Catholics like me--folks who love Catholic faith and spirituality but feel an awful lot of anger and frustration with some of the people who are running the church these days. Many of the stories focused on issues of political justice and injustice, and they had a decidedly liberal bent--one which fits well with my own decidedly liberal bent.

So after subscribing, I set myself the next goal of trying to break into the magazine as a writer. I took a short essay that I had written for this blog over the summer, revised and expanded it, and sent it off to the editors. I have been writing long enough to know that it often takes many rejected submissions to break into a new market. Much to my joy and surprise, then, I received an e-mail a few weeks later letting me know that they had accepted the essay.

It came out in this week's issue, and I am as pleased as anything to see it there. My only gripe is that they changed the original title, "Giving to the Rich," to "Night Shift," which I don't like as much. But it's a small gripe.

As so often happens in writing, one thing led to another, and in the coming months I'll have two book reviews appearing in America as well. In the meantime, click on the title above and enjoy the essay!