An Instalanche More Miraculous than Stacy McCain Realizes

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Today Stacy McCain put up a rather amusing tweet that I got a charge out of

he included this tweet in an update to his post on the Pope’s tweet concerning immigration saying about an instalanche I received declaring it

A miracle! Like loaves and fishes!

and advising readers to

“Go thou and do likewise.” Amen.

While I certainly endorse linking to Stacy at all possible times little does he realize the truth of what he said.

Yesterday piece on Pope Francis’ encyclical was the first piece of a new week, therefore it had my morning Tip jar shake toward my weekly paycheck.

It had been a VERY bad 5 weeks for my whole 60 x $20 x 12 system as income. While I had successfully made  my mortgage from February through May via a $300 a week reader DaTipjar paycheck, June had been a real disaster.

First the actual mortgage bill went up (or I should say the property taxes rolled into it did) so I was obliged to raise my weekly goal to $305. At the same time Over $500 in car repairs hit along with other unexpected expenses. Suddenly the appearance that we were finally turning the corner financially in the house looked bleak.

And to top it off I failed to make that $305 a week goal every week for the entire month putting me a full $400 short of the Mortgage in June,  and the first week of July ended short too.

So when on Sunday evening I saw a tip jar hit I was very pleased. When I opened the email it was a $5. Combined with the $2 a week from a subscriber who pays on Sunday that hit got me to $7 on my quest toward the $305 weekly paycheck but the real surprise was not the amount but who it was from:

The Sisters of Jesus.

Now it’s not odd that nuns might read this blog, particularly a post on the Pope. I’m a very catholic guy. I went to Catholic School, My brothers and sisters went to Catholic School, I sent my children to Catholic School and one of them to Catholic High school. I live 4 blocks away from the church I’ve attended all my life, was baptized, confirmed and married in and I still take off my fedora whenever a nun or priest is within 6 feet of me. I’ve dealt with nuns all my live in full habit, partial habit and no habit, the type of nuns the LCWR would not recognize, nuns who have lived vows of poverty and obedience, nuns who have given their lives to serve Christ, the Church and their fellow-man.

Be that as it may while in my life I’ve been solicited for many a donation from a nun never EVER did I imagine I would see a tip jar hit from sisters. It brought to mind this passage from Scripture:

When he looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Luke 21-1-4

I was very touched so as I always do before I update my site with the figures of a donation,  I wrote a short note of thanks, noting how every bit helps and closing that while I really appreciated the five dollars I would be even more grateful for their prayers.

I then finished up my post on useful idiots scheduled it for about 5:30 AM and eventually hit the sack.

In the morning I sent out my daily e-mail to the bloggers on my e-mail list promoting the useful idiots post and then after an interesting exchange on twitter with Doug Mataconis ( Which you will read about tomorrow morning) I noticed a tip jar hit.

I figured that my lead post on Egypt had been linked, but it had not, yesterday’s post on the Pope  lead post had been Instalanched instead.

Now an instalance is not an unknown event around here so I updated Sunday’s post to note the delayed instalanche and continued with my work finishing my lead post for tomorrow and scheduling it before actually looking at my morning e-mail.

I was swamped! From links and tweets and re-tweets , the volume of hits was staggering compared to a normal instalanche.    June had been the slowest month on the blog in over a year.  Today has not only been my biggest traffic day ever but today’s traffic alone is as of this writing over 75% of the traffic I had in the entire (slow) month of June.

And then there were the tip jar hits.  As you might expect far less that 1% of readers who visit in a week hit DaTipJar but the sheer volume of hits meant the tip jar was on overdrive, from $3 to $300 people kicked in.  I literally spent hours writing thank you notes and before Rush Limbaugh was off the air today not only was this weeks’ full paycheck made but enough over this week’s to make up for the entire shortfall of last month. With luck by the end of this month I’ll be totally caught up and with a little to spare.

As Sheldon’s mon would say: Don’t tell me prayer doesn’t work!

So my advice to all is this. While I highly encourage linking to Stacy McCain whenever possible if you get a chance to get the Sisters of Jesus praying for you by all means do so.

And throw a prayer or two their way as well.

And to all of you who have hit DaTipJar today. One more time, thank you so much. I’ll do my best to be worthy of your support.