Monday, January 08, 2007

The Catholic Alphabet

I was tagged by Barb for this Catholic Alphabet meme, and I have to admit that it has taken me some serious contemplation!

[A is for apparitions - your favorite]: I don't know that I've ever studied them enough to have a "favorite", but I've always been interested in Fatima.
[B is for Bible - the one you read most often]: Saint Joseph edition of The New American Bible
[C is for Charism - the one you would most like to have]: courage
[D is for Doctor of the Church - your favorite]: St. Francis de Sales; St. Bede, the Venerable
[E is for Essential Prayer - What's yours?]: Hail Mary
[F is for Favorite Hymn]: too many to list! Let's see: Tantum Ergo; O Sacrament Most Holy; Sing of Mary; I Sing A Maid; Eye Has Not Seen; Gentle Woman . . . just to name a few
[G is for Gospel - your favorite author?]: Luke
[H is for Holy Communion - How would you describe it, using one word?]: real
[I is for Inspiration - When do you feel most inspired by God?]: when I can really concentrate on the Mass, and also right after confession
[J is for Jesus - When did you first meet Him?]: in baptism
[K is for Kindness - Which saint or person has most inspired you by their kindness?] Blessed Mother Theresa; St. Francis de Sales
[L is for liturgical year - your favorite time in the liturgical cycle?]: Lent (used to hate it, now it's very special to me)
[M is for Mary, the Mother of God - Your favorite term of endearment for her]: I most often use Blessed Mother, but I love the old-school titles for Mary, especially Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven); Mother Most Amiable; Morning Star; Star of the Sea; and Queen of Peace.
[N is for New Testament - Your favorite passage]: The Visitation (Luke 1: 39-46), ever since I heard it explained this way in a homily - Two women living in tumultuous times, in a country torn with strife, both pregnant with their first children, having everything to fear and worry about, meet and are joyful because they trust in the Lord. And then a good friend added to that by remarking on how Elizabeth greets Mary: And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Even though Mary is still pregnant, Elizabeth calls her the mother of my Lord. Not the "mother-to-be" of my Lord. The mother of my Lord - because pregnant women are already mothers, even if the baby is still in the womb. Makes me love that passage even more . . .
[O is for Old Testament - Your favorite Book here]: Psalms and Proverbs
[P is for Psalms - your favorite]: Psalms 100 & 121
[Q is for quote - saint quote]: Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew. St. Francis de Sales
[R is for rosary - your favorite mysteries]: Joyful, although I am a big fan of the spiritual fruits of the Luminous mysteries as well
[S is for Saint - the one you turn to in time of need - not including the Blessed Virgin Mary]: St. Anne; St. Anthony
[T is for Tradition - your favorite Catholic tradition]: Patron saints
[U is for university - Which Catholic University have you attended or are currently attending?] DeSales University
[V is for Virtue - the one you wish you had]: patience (very closely followed by kindness and humility!)
[W is for Way of the Cross - Which station can you most relate to?]: 8th - Jesus Consoles the Women
[X is for Xaverian Brothers - Do you know who they are?]: No.
[Y is for your favorite Catholic musician]: Hmm . . . I don't really know
[Z is for Zeal for the faith]: You definitely have a lot of zeal for the faith if you have made it this far.

TAG! I tag Carrie and 4andcounting and anyone else who feels so inclined!


  1. Anonymous10:56 PM

    i'm sorry, i love John Paul II immensely, but i will *NEVER* recognize the "luminous" mysteries! there are 3 types of mysteries- in honor of the trinity! no more! ; )

  2. Yeah, I resisted the luminous mysteries, too, until I read what the fruits of the mysteries are and I realized that I need them probably more than any of the other mysteries. They've grown on me :)

  3. Anonymous4:17 PM

    My goal is to, someday, know as much about religion as you. :)
    -Lisa L

  4. Aimee, I am so totally left something out of this list. I was expecting to see Faith of Our Fathers in big, bold type after F for favorite hymns! How could you forget that classic!

    Haha - Love you! Julia

  5. wowie! i've been tagged! what a great list. this will take some work.i'll do my best!


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