Welcome to Go Far Shops
There is a personal story attached to the origins of the intrepid penguin and the slogan “Go Far”.
I graduated from college without any big plans other than to seek adventure before I settled down to a desk job. I simply wanted to “Go Far. I found a crew position on a sailboat heading across the Atlantic. After an epic adventure on the water I landed in Europe and was eager to pursue a “road less traveled” and it seemed taking a trip down that road would be most interesting riding a motorcycle.
One adventure led to another which led to unforgettable moments including a short stint in a Turkish jail, driving trucks across Greece, communist Yugoslavia ( just miles away from Medjugorje) , and throughout Europe. All my decisions were motivated by seeking adventure, going far, and seeking the outer reaches of what life had to offer. I plunged into all that life had to offer but over time I began to learn that bold adventure without a spiritual foundation would never be wholly fulfilling. This realization put me on a quest to find deeper meaning in life. My days were full but my life began to feel empty – I knew I needed to go farther.
After many twists and many turns and over many years including thousands of miles on the open ocean, I never lost my urge to “Go Far” but happily my quest for the outer reaches of the wonder of life led me to find adventures in spiritual journeys – spiritual journeys that were set on fire by the Blessed Mother.
Our Lady – the Queen of Peace at Medjugorje – led me back to the Catholic Church where I discovered God’s “Great Graces”. But the path to Christ is not always an easy journey; one’s heart and soul must indeed “go far”. So in this way, our mascot – the blue penguin – the one who lives so far away – represents those who seek spiritual adventure without fear and who go boldly to the outer edges of the world as apostles of God’s love.
We hope to encourage all Christians to boldly “Go Far” in all they do – but most importantly to go far in one’s faith… God Bless.
PS: A little secret – Our flightless friend’s heart was born in Medjugorje and the red “O” in the logo symbolizes Our Lady’s triumphant heart.
Mystic Post is a Catholic Online News organization located in Alexandria, Va.
Our mailing address is
7308 Rippon Rd.
Alexandria, Va. 22307
Mystic Post.com hopes to be a destination for an open and fearless dialogue about all the ways the Catholic faith affects our lives. Based in Alexandria, Va., we are an online news magazine exploring the mystery of faith. We are dedicated to bringing a fresh perspective to important issues of the day.
About the founder of this Catholic news online magazine.
Stephen K. Ryan runs MysticPost.com and is enormously grateful for the contributions to this “webazine” made by really amazing and talented people. Stephen has been interviewed numerous times in newspapers, radio and TV including Radio Maria and Guadalupe Radio
Stephen’s writing has been featured often on Spirit Daily, New Advent, Signs and Wonders, National Catholic Reporter, and SpiritDigest.com.
Stephen is an avid sailboat racer having competed in dozens of regattas across the country, including ocean races from Annapolis to Newport R.I. from Newport, R.I. to Bermuda.
Stephen is married to Tania and they have two children – Andrew and Meredith.
Print Interview with CatholicFiction.net about the writing process.