Laura at String of Pearls has generously nominated me for a Liebster award. Thank you, Laura, for such a great honor! And while I'm going to
1. Do you have a favorite saint, and what drew you to him/her?
I'd have to go with St. Francis de Sales. I was drawn to him by... I think by him! That's a long story, of post-length all on its own, and maybe I'll write it down one day. The main thing is that this saint and Doctor of the Church taught lay people about their call to live totally for Christ.
Not so radical, you say? Actually, In the 1600s .... it kind of was.
2. Do you have a best-loved book that you've read multiple times? (And will you probably read it again?) Or do you always just read a book once and pass it on to others?
Admission: my books alone would qualify me for one of those programs about hoarders.
Oh dear. Did I just write that out loud? The thing is: after (and before) they've been read, books become my wallpaper. I love living surrounded by them. I "blame" that, in large part, on cozy rainy afternoons in the used books store when I was a child. Which is all to say I'm rather selfish about passing them on. BUT! I do actually re-read many of them, and pass portions on to you, right here.
And best loved ones? Oh, so many! Treatise on the Love of God by St. Francis de Sales. St. Faustina's Diary. And from the strictly secular end: To Kill a Mockingbird (is that everyone's favorite?), and the poetry of Robert Frost.
3. What is your family's Christmas Eve tradition?
That changes year-to-year, now that the children are grown and cherished grandchildren are in the picture.
4. When you dress up in heels, do you wear panty hose/tights, or do you go bare-legged?
I haven't worn heels in ages, but when I wear 'dress' shoes, I always wear hose.
Through God's grace to help me make a good decision, and I'm absolutely certain that was the case. It was a Memorial Day, I was in college, and I was invited to a party. I'd been to a gathering with this basic group of people before, and it had gotten a bit wilder than I was comfortable with. But this was a holiday, after all, so I figured I'd probably just go.
Then I got a phone call from the president of the Catholic student center at my University. Would I like to come over that night to do some typing for their Mass bulletin? I'd wanted to get to know some Catholic students, so I made a decision right there on the spot. I'd go for the typing.
Boy, did I take flak for that one! Type instead of going to a cool party...? On Memorial Day?!?! ("what on EARTH has happened to Nancy?!"). The typing took about half an hour, and then - well, what do you know. There was a party right there, in the kitchen of a priest-chaplain! Into the gathering walked a tall, smiling young man and that, as they say, was that. He called me the next night and talked for over two hours (he told me later that he was trying to get up the nerve to ask me out). We dated for a year, became best friends as well as sweethearts, saw each other nearly every day, and he called me absolutely every day. We sent silly greeting cards to each other constantly, and we went to the Catholic student center chapel to make visits to the Blessed Sacrament as an end to many of our dates (his idea). We married thirteen months after that first meeting.
Typing on Memorial Day? It turned out that decision was worth any amount of "flak" I had to endure.
6. What's your go-to prayer in times of distress?
The Sign of the Cross, and the aspiration "'Jesus, I trust in You."
7. Where is the one place in the world you would visit if you could?
Annecy, France, where Sts, Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. Anyway, Annecy is a charming little town. See...............................................?
8. How many siblings do you have?
I had one sister, thirteen years older than I. She's no longer living.
9. Are you a worrier? (I'm worried you'll think that's a weird question.)
I'm worried that if I say yes, you'll think I don't trust in God enough. And I'm worried that if I say no, I won't be entirely truthful. I'm worried that I'm worrying too much about what you'll think, either way. I'm worried that I should trust God with my feelings as much as with my decisions, but of course I can help my decisions but not my feelings. I'm worried that I might be over-thinking this. I'm worried that I might be, in fact, a worrier. I'm worried that I will never actually get around to answering this question.
Am I a worrier? Hmm. Think I need some help answering that. What do you think......
10. What, if any, sport do you enjoy watching the most?
Thank you for the "if any." In my case, it definitely applies. In my high school and college days I did like basketball, but that was looooooong ago. Now I can ... sort of ... tolerate watching ice skating and surfing, but I get bored quickly even with those.
So - instead of posing questions and officially nominating anyone, I am simply going to call your attention to a few blogs that probably don't take "blog questions" anyway. If you have not found these yet, you just might thank me for telling you about them (and you're welcome!).
I encourage you to visit these ....
Ben O'Neill at Walk with Me. Ben is a young man serving as a missionary with FOCUS, and his enthusiastic dedication to God is contagious.
Victoria's Art. I find Victoria's artwork stunning. It's a big word, 'stunning,' and I mean every bit of its bigness. Not only does Victoria share her finished work, she often takes us through her process of creating it. Check it out!
The Mad Eyed Monk. I've mentioned this blog here before, but the writer has begun posting again after a little break. Hers is good poetry. And I mean really good poetry. Poetry shows, it does not tell, a writing teacher said years ago. Check out this blog and I think you'll see what that means.
Linda Maran's blogs, particularly It's Time for Pain Free, Prep Free Living and Linda Maran, Freelance Writer. Linda writes Christian fiction, Amish novels, and self-help nonfiction.
If any of these four bloggers would like to accept the Liebster Award, please consider this a nomination. You can add this (or any as I understand it) Liebster "badge" to your sidebar.
Thank you again, Laura. And may God bless us, every one!