The Liebster Blog Award, I have discovered via The Lonely Pilgrim, is for “up and coming bloggers.” I was nominated, very kindly, by Laura of Catholic Cravings. You should see her touching, informative, poignant blog-space now (just go)
In turn, I’d like to pass this on to five bloggers for their articulate, revealing and generally noteworthy work. First, the team at Bread From Heaven, for showing me how to respond to common misconceptions about sacramental churches with clarity and confidence, and more broadly, for their obvious passion about tradition. Their post about the Community of Saints is very good. Secondly, I’d like to nominate David of Catholic Bridge for his gritty, honest conversion story and his commitment to truth and to human need, and not to any tribal, group mentality.
Hannah Stoney of Huge Blue writes beautifully honest, short, sincere posts. You should definitely check out her musings on the spirit of the Lord overshadowing Mary. Similarly, Kate Wilcox, a talented journalist, writes for the defense of faith. She eloquently proves that religion and reason do mix. And finally, Samuel Kaldas, who writes stories, about heroes and villains, beauty and terror, Glory and Rubbish.
Please see the conditions for accepting the award. Thanks everyone and hope that you continue to enjoy! I’ll go ahead now and answer the requisite questions.
1. A book that changed your life: The Problem of Pain, by C S Lewis, is sharp, perceptive, profound and even mystical. Here’s my favourite bit, taken, I believe, from the chapter on ‘Heaven,’
…Even in your hobbies, has there not always been some secret attraction which the others are curiously ignorant of – something, not to be identified with, but always on the verge of breaking through, the smell of cutwood in the workshop or the clap-clap of water aginst the boat’s side?… That something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for?
You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it – tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest – if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself …
Also, it’s a recent acquisition, but If Protestantism is True, written, like Scott Hahn’s work, by a Protestant convert to the Catholic Church, makes some very cutting challenges about the validity of Protestant traditions- especially the sacraments and the canon of scripture. Thank you Devon Rose.
2. Your favourite author/writer: Well, it’s a common choice, but with good reason: C S Lewis articulates the murky truths of the human experience with stunning clarity. Also, I like Nawaal El Saadawi, an Egyptian social activist whose writing is also punchy and passionate, Maya Angelou whose memoirs are very good, Hannah Whittal Smith, who wrote, “The Christian Secret to a Happy Life,” William Styron who wrote Sophie’s choice, and journalists Hugh Miles, Bobby Ghosh and Joe Klein, of Time magazine.
3. Pet and its name: Max. I place his photograph here for your enjoyment.
4. Craziest thing you have done: Stand up comedy. Check it.
5. My best friend: See Question 3. There are a couple of close hearts who matter to me.
6. A childhood prank: Some friends and I once pushed a shopping trolley down a bridge. It was a difficult year.
7. Favourite music artist:
8. A place you would love to visit: Huge, pretty Cathedrals, so Rome and Israel would suit. Also, I really want to see the South: Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia. Southern cooking, etc.
9. If you had just 5 minutes left to live what is the one thing I would do? Pray, and freak. Nobody should know that crap.
10. Favourite sport: Hunting has always stuck me as pretty awesome. Hunting, with dogs and on a horse. That’s the dream.
11. How do you define love?
1 Corinthians 13 makes it seem a matter of sacrifice and, frankly, of not getting your own. Charity is a good word for it, it better connotes that sense of an abundant ‘giving away.’ In the Litany of the sacred heart of Christ, the Lord’s heart is described as the “burning furnace of charity.” Passion and mercy. That’s it. Hear the litany here.
12. Who’s your favourite saint? The Coptic Saint Marina, was visited by a demon in prison, who had come, presumably, to torment her.
This is what happened
I also like Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the patron saint of journalists, and a devotee of the Immaculate heart of Mary.
13, Which is your favourite word, verse, passage, chapter and book of the Bible
Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:12, For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Also, Malachi 4:2
|But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.|
Passage: Colossians 1:13-20, …For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself…
and, Isaiah 9:6, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace
Chapter: Isaiah 35 ….For praise and exceeding joy shall be on their heads, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Book: Psalms, then Isaiah.
Thank you. The end.