Freestyle Writing Challange

My friend  Mitch Teemley  from The Power of Story, a great blog about wit, wisdom and every thing else in between, nominated me to take the Freestyle Writing Challenge:

Rules of the Challenge

  1. Open a blank document.
  2. Set a timer to 5 or 10 minutes, whichever length you prefer.
  3. Your topic is at the foot of this post BUT DO NOT SCROLL DOWN TO SEE IT UNTIL YOU ARE READY WITH YOUR TIMER!
  4. Nominate others to take the Challenge.

And drum roll, please…my topic was:

The Book (or Books) That Changed My Life

The first thing I though when I read the challenge was: oh easy I just write a poem about whatever topic… it’s going to be brilliant! Well, let’s set aside what I mean by “brilliant” for a second and go back to the topic at hand: book that changed your life. This topic is almost unfair to the extend that I will probably need 10 minutes to come up with at list of my top 5 books followed by hours of agonizing introspection about which book has changed my life… great I am almost at the 5 minute mark and already managed to filibuster myself!

At the top of my list I will have to say “Theology and Sanity” by Frank Sheed simply because it was the book that first introduced me to the richness and beauty of Catholic theology. The eloquence of its clarity and its ability to explain some of the most important aspects of theology is absolutely brilliant. Far beyond than that it made such a big difference in my life because it brought me closer to God… the mere act of study/reading can also be an act of prayer and this book offer me many hours of intense prayerful reading.


Note: That was 10 minutes flat with additional extra minutes to check grammar.

After reading the instruction again I noticed that Mitch very wisely didn’t limited the number of books to just one book! I guess I completely failed the challenge for not reading as carefully as I should do and rushing to write about it!

Thank you Mitch for the nomination, sorry it took me a little while to finally scroll down and do the challenge but it was definitively too much fun!

My nominees are:

Age of Discernment
Frontier Ruminations
Sincerely James
Lance Childers
Men of One Accord
Freedomborn
Double U The Poetic Journey of John White

OK If you choose to accept it…

Wait for it.

What are your favorite movies that proclaim the beauty and excitement of being alive?

Have fun with it!

Cheers,

Caleb

When Does A Human Life Begin?

According to the CDC there ” a total of 730,322 abortions were  reported to CDC for 2011” in the US alone.  Thats about 2,000 babies aborted every day.  That is about 7X the number of death per day that American troops suffered during during WWII. Yet our society goes about daily life convinced that abortion is a right and not the death of a human being, oblivious of the fact that without the right to life there can’t be any other right.

Please let love win, choose life!

An example of humility and love: Two stories about St. John Vianney

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Yesterday was the feast day of St. John Vianney and I will like to share with you two stories about this great saint that I read from National Catholic Register article titled 10 Important things to be Happy about Today by Simcha Fisher:

I am quoting from the article.

1. Today is the feast day of John Vianney, the Curé of Ars.

He tended not to notice how ratty his clothes were getting, because he was so busy taking care of his flock, hearing confessions for eleven hours a day, spending his free time with orphans and at adoration.  He often had supernatural knowledge of the private state of people’s souls. But my favorite story is when some disgruntled parishioners circulated a petition to the bishop to have him removed as pastor for being ” incompetent, lazy, ineffective, [and] driving people away.”

So . . . he signed the petition. Womp womp. St. John Vianney, pray for priests!
2. More awesomeness: He has a message of hope for people who’ve endured the suicide of a loved one.

A woman told St. John Vianney that she was devastated because her husband had committed suicide. She wanted to approach the great priest but his line often lasted for hours and she could not reach him. She was ready to give up and in a moment of mystical insight that only a great saint can receive, John Vianney exclaimed through the crowd, “He is saved!” The woman was incredulous so the saint repeated, stressing each word, “I tell you he is saved. He is in Purgatory, and you must pray for him. Between the parapet of the bridge and the water he had time to make an act of contrition.”

Read more:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/simcha-fisher/ten-important-things-to-be-happy-about-today/#ixzz3hxXOxLs2

St.  John Vianney pray for us!!!