November 18, 2021|AO- The Berm|32 Degrees and windy

12 PAX: Toto, Doppler, Swinger, Vila, Slapshot, Cradle, House Party, Truly, Hoser, Tubesocks, Barber Shop, Mother Goose (QIC)

5:30 AM- Recited meaning, principles, and mission of F3 and gave disclaimer; no FNG’s.

Moseyed a short way over to the basketball court and circled up or Warm-o-Rama:

  • Tomorrow is YHC’s Mother’s 66th birthday so we would do 66 SSH’s IC broken up 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.  In between those sets, the PAX performed the following:
    • 10 Tappy Taps IC
    • 10 Tater Taps IC
    • 10 Big Ones IC
    • 10 Cherry Pickers
    • 10 Sun Gods w/ calf raise IC
    • 10 Reverse Sun Gods w/ calf raise IC
    • 10 Monkey Humpers IC
    • 10 Imperial Walkers IC
    • 10 Apollo Ohno’s IC
    • 10 Tempo Merkins IC

Lined up on the sideline of the basketball court for the 1st Pre-Thang:

  • PAX were instructed to run across the court, touch the opposite sideline and run back. They were always supposed to make their turn with their body facing south towards the flags:
    • Across and back 1x
      • 25 Air Squats
    • Across and back 2x
      • 20 Air Squats
    • Across and back 3x
      • 15 Air Squats
    • Across and back 4x
      • 10 Air Squats

We then moseyed over to the picnic tables for the 2nd Pre-Thang:

  • 1 minute AMRAP Dips
  • 1 minute AMRAP Derkins
  • 1 minute AMRAP Chicken Peckers

We then moseyed to the soccer field for the Thang- We counted off into 4 groups, each starting at a different light spaced around the circular path.  There was no push group.  Each group would work at their own pace to complete the exercise and move to the next:

  • Station 1- 10 Hand Release Burpees
  • Station 2 (one exercise each stop)
    • 30 Copperhead Squats IC
    • 30 Apollo Ohno’s IC
    • 30 Bonnie Blairs IC
  • Station 3 (one exercise each stop)
    • 50 Merkins
    • 50 Werkins
    • 50 Ranger Merkins
  • Station 4 (one exercise each stop)
    • 30 H2H IC
    • 30 Box Cutters IC
    • 30 Frozen Freddy’s IC

Omaha call was made at 6:05, when all groups had nearly completed the full loop 3x.  We moseyed back to the shovel flags for Mary:

  • There was a beautiful full moon, so we did some downdog/updog flows howling at the moon on the updog.  10 second hold for each 3x.
  • 12 Prayer Squats IC

Name-o-rama

Announcements/Prayer Requests:

  • Thankful Trot on Thanksgiving at most/all sites.  Please support financially even if you are travelling for the holiday.  It goes towards a great cause.  Connect with Tubesocks
  • Lots of Third F opportunities as the holidays approach.  Check Slack!
  • Doppler asked us to pray for the repose of the soul of “Miss Mary,” a special person to all in the Air Force meteorology unit at Offutt
  • YHC prayed for his mother who is turning 66 tomorrow!

COT:

I started by apologizing to the PAX that I would not be able to stay for the TNT discussion on Prayer as my wife had a 7 AM meeting that I found out about last night.

I explained that our third F is Faith, and even though we are open to all men and not specific to one faith, I hoped they would allow me to share some of my background in faith and prayer as a Catholic influenced by the Jesuits and the Sacred Heart. 

Today is the feast day of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, the namesake of the school at which I work and the person most responsible for bringing the Society of the Sacred Heart to the United States.  Even though I have spent most of my life in Jesuit education and St. Ignatius is the saint I turn to most, Rose Philippine is a person and High Impact Woman that I have come to know and relate to over the last 4 years.  I wanted to share a little about her life and what we can learn from her. 

Rose Philippine grew up in Grenoble, France in the late 1700s and early 1800s.  She was stricken with smallpox as a child which left scars on her face.  She grew up feeling very insecure, unworthy, and lacking confidence.  I feel like many a Sad Clown could relate to that feeling.  She did, however, develop a very serious love of God and two main desires: to know God more deeply, and to eventually let her faith lead her to the Americas which she heard so much about from Jesuit missionaries visiting her Church in Grenoble.

Despite her father’s wishes that she would marry and start a family as was custom, she had a strong desire for religious life.  Her formative years were spent during the French Revolution.  This was a time when political, social, and religious divides split her country and her family (sound like today?).  It was a dangerous time to be a member of a religious order and her convent was shut down during the Revolution. She went underground and helped pray for and serve the poor and orphans of her community.  Following the Revolution, she met St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, who had formed a religious order for women akin to the Jesuits and became a sister of the Sacred Heart.

She had a great desire to go to America but was asked to “wait and pray” as she was needed in France.  Eventually she got her chance and was sent to Missouri to open a Sacred Heart convent and school.  She landed in New Orleans after crossing the Atlantic, then boarded a steamboat to St. Louis.  Bishop DeBourg of St. Louis sent her even further to St. Charles, where she was finally able to open the first Sacred Heart School.  It is still there, and she is interned there.  She would go on to help open more schools in Missouri and Louisiana.  Since it was the early 1800s in the South, these institutions were largely built on slave labor.  This is a reality that Sacred Heart schools do not hide from and continue to engage in reconciliation for, hoping that our present and future make up for the sins of the past.

Duchesne’s goal remained, however.  She wanted to head to the frontiers and live alongside Native Americans.  She finally got her chance in her 70s when she was sent to Sugar Creek, Kansas to live with the Pottawatomie.  She was elderly and not physically able to help much and did not speak the Native language (or English that well).  She used the best tool at her disposal…. Prayer.  She would pray for hours on end for the people she lived alongside.  The Pottawatomie gave her a name meaning “The woman who prays always.”  She would sit on a rock along a river and pray for hours.  The children of the tribe would place leaves on her cloak, only to come back hours later and find them unmoved.  Eventually her health forced her back to St. Charles where she would eventually pass away.  When her tomb was exhumed to move three years after her death, her body showed no signs of deterioration.

On Tuesday of this week, our school celebrated her feast with an all-school Mass.  The responsorial psalm that day was Psalm 42, “As a deer that longs for running streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.”  The greatest lesson I take from Duchesne is to maintain a deep desire to know God and to allow God to know me.  This is best accomplished, in my opinion, through a consistent prayer life.  She lived in troubled times, struggled with her identity, and wished to go to the frontiers and help those most in need.  I believe we can all relate to those ideas in F3.  I asked the PAX to discuss their prayer lives at TNT.  What works best for you to communicate with God?  Who are the examples in your life that have taught you the most about prayer?

I led us out by praying the lyrics of a hymn used at all Sacred Heart schools around the world.  The song is in French and is called Coeur de Jesu.  This is the English translation:

            Heart of Jesus, save the world.

            May the world be submitted to You.

            In You alone our hope is founded.

            Lord, Lord, You have promised us this.

            You have told us.

            Your promise will be our hope, our happiness.

            “In my tenderness, I will bless the children of the Sacred Heart.”

Here’s to good days and better tomorrows!

Cheers and SYITG,

Mother Goose

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