I was just looking at the blog of Ryan Duns, and discovered that I’ve been tagged in a game of “cyber tag” that I didn’t know I was playing. I’m not quite sure what it means, but I’m assuming I’m to answer each of the bracketed phrases and then tag someone else. I’m not sure I have the time to give this the deep and profound thought it deserves, so you’ll have to excuse me if I miss something obvious. Well, here goes…
[A is for apparitions – your favorite]: Not sure I have one…but I do recall some fellow high school alums from my home town (Fostoria, Ohio) making some money selling coffee mugs and t-shirts of a supposed apparition of Jesus on the side of a grain silo a number of years ago.
[B is for Bible – the one you read most often]: The Jerusalem Bible
[C is for Charism – the one you would most like to have]: I’ll be happy if I ever really get the one my congregation is about, “union with God and neighbor”
[D is for Doctor of the Church – your favorite]: Teresa of Avila
[E is for Essential Prayer – What’s yours?]: Serenity Prayer
[F is for Favorite Hymn]: Order My Steps
[G is for Gospel – your favorite author?]: John
[H is for Holy Communion – How would you describe it, using one word?]: Transforming.
[I is for Inspiration – When do you feel most inspired by God?]: When I’m writing.
[J is for Jesus – When did you first meet Him?]: Don’t remember, but I’m guessing it was through the stories I learned in grade school.
[K is for Kindness – Which saint or person has most inspired you by their kindness?]: Helen Prejean, CSJ
[L is for liturgical year – your favorite time in the liturgical cycle?]: Advent
[M is for Mary, the Mother of God – Your favorite term of endearment for her]: First disciple of Jesus
[N is for New Testament – Your favorite passage]: John 15:4, “Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.”
[O is for Old Testament – Your favorite Book here]: Isaiah
[P is for Psalms – your favorite]: Psalm16
[Q is for quote – saint quote]: Great question! I don’t have one, but found a lot of great quotes, including this one from Teresa of Avila: “It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found – not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater.”
[R is for rosary – your favorite mysteries]:Hmmm…rosary is not one of my particular devotions, but I think I’d go with that new set called the “Luminous Mysteries”
[S is for Saint – the one you turn to in time of need – not including the Blessed Virgin Mary]: St. Anthony – I’m always losing things!
[T is for Tradition – your favorite Catholic tradition]: The Easter Triduum
[U is for university – Which Catholic University have you attended or are currently attending?]: I did my Bachelor and Master degrees at the Univ. of Detroit Mercy (UDM), my Ph.D. at University of Notre Dame, and I’m currently teaching at UDM.
[V is for Virtue – the one you wish you had]: generosity
[W is for Way of the Cross – Which station can you most relate to?]: Veronica wipes Jesus’ face
[X is for Xaverian Brothers – Do you know who they are?]: Oops, I have to admit I am not familiar with them.
[Y is for your favorite Catholic musician]: Carl Clendenning, pastoral musician at Gesu parish in Detroit.
[Z is for Zeal for the faith]: This isn’t a question…that must be the point – no question!
So now…who do I tag…? I do hereby tag Natty…you’re “IT”, honey!