I have been getting notes by email along these lines:
I just wanted to send a quick thank you for the helpful posts lately. I have been nervous since Pope Benedict left and I worry about what this all means for the future of my diocese when it is time for a new Bishop. I had thought things would improve around here (more reverent liturgy and less liberal style social justice) but now Im not so sure it will really change any time soon. There are some bright spots, though, and ways I can help if I look for them.
I cant read just anything about the Church anymore but I still read your blog because you are hopeful and realistic. Thank you for the encouragement you give so many people.
You are welcome!
I suspect that a lot of people out there are feeling and thinking along the same lines. Many people are nervous. That is to be expected.
Be involved and help work for good changes. It will be like pushing a huge rock up a hill. It will also, in the long run, result in benefits for many.