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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

An Energetic Calm

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In an age where manliness is objected and detracted and man has forgotten how to be a real man our society is in dire need of a real man. Yes, that boisterous, industrious, adventurous, let’s go, make it happen, take-charge type of men. Throughout the history of salvation, there have been many models of true manhood, some of them less perfect than others but all of them obedient and docile to the will of God. That is what true manhood really is: to fulfill the vocation that God has placed in your heart and become a Saint in the process.

One of the great models for sainthood that we find in the bible is the humility and obedience shown by St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. Although there is relatively very little recorded about St. Joseph in the Gospels, we know that he was a righteous man (Matthew 1:19) and that every single time he submitted his whole life to the will of God: take a pregnant teenager as your wife, checked; abandon the place of your youth and emigrate to a foreign country, checked; start all over again by returning the holy family to the promise land, checked; protect the Word incarnate and teach him about God’s commandments and human labor, checked; all in true humility and obedience. What a man’s man!

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of this great Saint. Patron of the Universal Church and in his honor I would like to ask you to pray for another man who is about to start a great journey in the service of God and his Church by entering the seminary to become a priest next fall. His name is Richard Sullivan and he is an amazing young man who like St. Joseph is saying an unconditional yes to the Lord. Pleas visit his blog Age of Discernment and discover in his writing a great love for Jesus, a great love for Mary and great love for the body of Christ through extraordinary love in ordinary things:

http://theageofdiscernment.com

I hope you keep him in your prayers and take a look at his many posts that are full of whimsical observations about life and deep love for NorbertinesJesus.

Help him get to seminary:

http://www.youcaring.com/tuition-fundraiser/help-send-richard-to-the-abbey/300521

St. Joseph, patron saint of the Universal Church pray for us!