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15th September 2014

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Mission accomplished!  Met a goal I’ve had for over a year by completing GORUCK Light Class 441 in Indianapolis on Sept 13 and earning my patch. In addition to my first GORUCK event, it was also a 9/11 special event.  56 individuals started and 5 hours later, 1 team of 56 new friends finished together.  What is a GORUCK event?  A challenging mix of PT exercises, navigating a city on foot, team building and creative problem-solving all led by active-duty Special Forces operators—and all while wearing a backpack loaded with bricks.  GORUCK calls it “Good livin’.”  Go to goruck.com and check it out—and sign up for an event! (at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument)

Mission accomplished! Met a goal I’ve had for over a year by completing GORUCK Light Class 441 in Indianapolis on Sept 13 and earning my patch. In addition to my first GORUCK event, it was also a 9/11 special event. 56 individuals started and 5 hours later, 1 team of 56 new friends finished together. What is a GORUCK event? A challenging mix of PT exercises, navigating a city on foot, team building and creative problem-solving all led by active-duty Special Forces operators—and all while wearing a backpack loaded with bricks. GORUCK calls it “Good livin’.” Go to goruck.com and check it out—and sign up for an event! (at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument)

11th September 2014

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9th September 2014

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Just a van with a cage full of chickens.  That’s how they roll.

Just a van with a cage full of chickens. That’s how they roll.

8th September 2014

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Happy Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary!  That’s right—today is the Blessed Mother’s birthday!  The date of this feast, September 8, falls exactly nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8.  Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worth of the promises of Christ. (at St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church)

Happy Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary! That’s right—today is the Blessed Mother’s birthday! The date of this feast, September 8, falls exactly nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worth of the promises of Christ. (at St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church)

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7th September 2014

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Patch earned for the Flutter Kick Challenge: 10,000 4-count flutter kicks in 30 days.  I really pushed myself and completed it in 16.  Before I began, I HATED flutter kicks and thought I’d NEVER be able to complete it.  But like the Push-up Challenge I completed a while back, I worked hard at it and earned it.  And also like the Push-up Challenge, my donation to receive my patch for this Flutter Kick Challenge was in support of the Green Beret Foundation.  A win-win-win!  God gifted us with an amazing ability to change ourselves—-for the worse if we allow it, but hopefully for the better with His help, to grow into the best version of ourselves.  Physically, intellectually, spiritually—get out there and challenge yourself and grow!

Patch earned for the Flutter Kick Challenge: 10,000 4-count flutter kicks in 30 days. I really pushed myself and completed it in 16. Before I began, I HATED flutter kicks and thought I’d NEVER be able to complete it. But like the Push-up Challenge I completed a while back, I worked hard at it and earned it. And also like the Push-up Challenge, my donation to receive my patch for this Flutter Kick Challenge was in support of the Green Beret Foundation. A win-win-win! God gifted us with an amazing ability to change ourselves—-for the worse if we allow it, but hopefully for the better with His help, to grow into the best version of ourselves. Physically, intellectually, spiritually—get out there and challenge yourself and grow!

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6th September 2014

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Votive candles, representing the prayers of the faithful.  “I AM the light of the world.” - John 8:12 (at St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church)

Votive candles, representing the prayers of the faithful. “I AM the light of the world.” - John 8:12 (at St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church)

27th August 2014

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Because bugs.

Because bugs.

22nd August 2014

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Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28 NAB (at Covington Memorial Gardens Cemetary)

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28 NAB (at Covington Memorial Gardens Cemetary)

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20th August 2014

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The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, near one of my favorite churches, is a great place to stop and offer a Rosary of prayer to our Blessed Mother for her loving intercession.  Our Lady of Grace, pray for us. (at Shrine of Our Lady of Grace)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, near one of my favorite churches, is a great place to stop and offer a Rosary of prayer to our Blessed Mother for her loving intercession. Our Lady of Grace, pray for us. (at Shrine of Our Lady of Grace)

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15th August 2014

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August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics.  It commemorates the end of the earthly life of Mary, the mother Jesus, when she was assumed body and soul into Heaven before her body could decay and crowned by her Son, the Lord Jesus as Queen of Heaven.  In addition to the Assumption demonstrating Mary’s freedom from the stain of sin as the Immaculate Conception, thus preventing her bodily decay, the Assumption is also a foretaste and hope of our own bodily ressurection at the end of time, in which our soul will be reunited with our glorified body.  An important distinction to note is that Mary was assumed into Heaven by the power of her loving Son, Jesus, and did not ascend into heaven under her own power, as Jesus did in His bodily Ascension to Heaven after the Ressurection.  The most important of all Marian feasts, the celebration of the Assumption of Mary dates to the formative days of Christianity.  One of the earliest documents referencing it is from the 4th century and is attributed to St. John the Apostle, to whom Jesus had entrusted the care of His beloved mother at the foot of the cross, and it has been celebrated universally since the 6th century.  The belief in the Assumption was defined as an infallible dogma (a required belief) by the Church under the leadership of Pope Pius XII in 1950, formalizing a teaching that had already been held by the Church for many centuries.  A blessed and joyful Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you!  O Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us! (at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)

August 15 is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. It commemorates the end of the earthly life of Mary, the mother Jesus, when she was assumed body and soul into Heaven before her body could decay and crowned by her Son, the Lord Jesus as Queen of Heaven. In addition to the Assumption demonstrating Mary’s freedom from the stain of sin as the Immaculate Conception, thus preventing her bodily decay, the Assumption is also a foretaste and hope of our own bodily ressurection at the end of time, in which our soul will be reunited with our glorified body. An important distinction to note is that Mary was assumed into Heaven by the power of her loving Son, Jesus, and did not ascend into heaven under her own power, as Jesus did in His bodily Ascension to Heaven after the Ressurection. The most important of all Marian feasts, the celebration of the Assumption of Mary dates to the formative days of Christianity. One of the earliest documents referencing it is from the 4th century and is attributed to St. John the Apostle, to whom Jesus had entrusted the care of His beloved mother at the foot of the cross, and it has been celebrated universally since the 6th century. The belief in the Assumption was defined as an infallible dogma (a required belief) by the Church under the leadership of Pope Pius XII in 1950, formalizing a teaching that had already been held by the Church for many centuries. A blessed and joyful Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you! O Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us! (at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception)

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