Monday, January 15, 2007

The Catholic alphabet meme.

Karen has tagged me for a meme, and I'm happy to oblige:

[A is for Apparitions - your favorite]: The Annunciation. (Lk 1:26-38)

[B is for Bible - the one you read most often]: The Revised Standard Version, specifically this edition which I bought for a Biblical Literature course in college and have kept ever since.

[C is for Charism - the one you would most like to have]: I'm happy with the one that I do have.

[D is for Doctor of the Church - your favorite]: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.

[E is for Essential Prayer - what's yours?]: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

[F is for Favorite Hymn]: The Salve Regina.

[G is for Gospel - your favorite author?]: John.

[H is for Holy Communion - How would you describe it, using one word?]: Daily.

[I is for Inspiration - When do you feel most inspired by God?]: On solitary walks, whether in the quiet of the country or in the midst of the city.

[J is for Jesus - When did you first meet Him?]: In a formal sense, when I made my First Communion. In a much more transformative sense, when I made my first Ignatian retreat at Wernersville while I was an undergrad at Georgetown.

[K is for Kindness - Which saint or person has most inspired you by their kindness?]: It's hard to pick just one, as I have a lot of models to choose from, but I'm going to go with Blessed Brother André Bessette.

[L is for Liturgical Year - your favorite time in the liturgical cycle]: Holy Week.

[M is for Mary, the Mother of God - your favorite term of endearment for her]: Theotokos.

[N is for New Testament - your favorite passage]: John 14:1-3.

[O is for Old Testament - your favorite book here]: The Psalms.

[P is for Psalms - your favorite]: Psalm 63.

[Q is for Quote - saint quote]: "Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you." Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

[R is for Rosary - your favorite mysteries]: Joyful.

[S is for Saint - the one you turn to in time of need - not including the Blessed Virgin Mary]: Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

[T is for Tradition - your favorite Catholic tradition]: A tie between fish on Friday and Midnight Mass.

[U is for University - Which Catholic university have you attended or are currently attending?]: I have degrees from Georgetown and Notre Dame and am currently enrolled at Fordham. For what it's worth, I also took a single course at the University of Detroit Mercy while I was in the novitiate.

[V is for Virtue - the one you wish you had]: Charity.

[W is for Way of the Cross - Which station can you most relate to?]: The first.

[X is for Xaverian Brothers - Do you know who they are?]: Yes - they sponsor two schools (St. John's Prep and Xaverian Brothers High School) in the state where I grew up.

[Y is for your favorite Catholic musician]: If composers count, I'd probably say Mozart. If by "musician" you mean performer, I have no idea.

[Z is for Zeal for the faith]: With God's help, yes.

I would tag Matt, but he's making the Long Retreat. Be sure to pray for him and all the other Jesuit novices who are making the Exercises in various places. AMDG.


At 1/15/2007 8:59 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to reflect on this a bit and see if I have a chance to reply tomorrow on my blog.



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