January 18, 2022|AO- Cornhusker Handicap|26 degrees

11 PAX: 2 Step, Doll Face (Respect), Buns of Steel, Polaroid, Spaghetti-O (Hate), Bovine, Beeps (Hate), Black Jack, Gunner, Stitches, Mother Goose (QIC)

5:300 AM- Recited meaning, principles, and mission of F3 and gave disclaimer; no FNG’s.

Moseyed around the park and back to the playground for WOR:

  • 10 Tappy Taps IC
  • 10 Big Ones IC
  • 20 Second Small Ones Hold
  • 10 Monkey Humpers IC
  • 10 Don Quixote’s IC
  • 10 Cherry Pickers IC
  • 10 Moroccan Night Clubs IC
  • 10 Tempo Merkins IC

Went out onto the field and lined up for the Pre-Thang… Taco Tuesday:

  • PAX lined up between two lanterns and performed TACO’s:
    • 10 T Merkins
    • 5 Alarm Clocks
    • 10 Copperhead Squats IC
    • 10 Overhead Claps IC
  • We then bearcrawled about 25 yards to the other set of lights, holding Al Gore to the 6.
  • Repeated 3 more times.

We then formed 4 groups and each took a corner light for the Thang- Two-For-Tuesday:

  • 4 Pain Stations, no push group, PAX worked at the pace of their group to complete the exercises and lunged between each station
    • 1- 50 Merkins and 50 Big Boys
    • 2- 50 Werkins and 50 X Factors
    • 3- 50 Ranger Merkins and 50 Heel Touches IC
    • 4- 50 Carolina Dry Docks and 50 Frozen Freddy’s IC
  • PAX completed the full circuit and had just started a second trip around when Omaha was called.

Circled up for Mary: Since Aksarben is Nebraska backwards, YHC decided to use a typical WOR activity for Mary.

  • Motivators 5 IC down to 1.

Name-o-rama

Announcements/Prayer Requests:

  • Prayers for all the PAX and family members of PAX affected by COVID.
  • Prayers in advance for all students and teachers as we prepare for what could be a difficult month.
  • CSAUP 1/29!

COT:

YHC decided to share a poem/prayer from English Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins.  Hopkins wrote much but never really became known for his gift until after his death, when much of his writing was discovered in desk drawers.  He found his calling to Christ and joined the Jesuits later in life, abandoning his personal ambition for writing and notoriety.

The poem is called “Pied Beauty.”  I like it for two reasons.  First, it was introduced to me by a very good friend who is in Jesuit formation and will be ordained a priest next Summer.  He has achieved his Deaconate, and I planned to fly him in from Boston to Baptize our newborn.  COVID travel restrictions within Jesuit communities won’t allow that to happen, so I’ve just been reflecting on our friendship much lately and wanted to honor him in some way,

Second, it is a great reminder to us to find beauty in the imperfect.  That starts with yourself.  If you look in the mirror and get bothered by the way in which your appearance is not perfect, focus instead on the beauty that is you and what you offer the world.  There are many examples of nature having an accident but turning out beautiful.  The branch that doesn’t grow the same way as the others but offers a place for kids to climb.  When I watch my daughter walking into school with a mask, I really wish it wasn’t there.  I can see her smile through the mask though and remember that the real beauty is in the opportunity she is getting.  She is learning and growing, and that is what matters most.  Here is the poem:

Glory be to God for dappled things –

For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;

For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;

Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;

Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;

And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;

Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)

With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;

He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

I encouraged all the PAX to take a moment of silence to think about an area of their life that is dappled or imperfect, and to find the beauty in it, then led us out in a prayer of gratitude and with St. Ignatius’s Prayer for Generosity.

Here’s to good days and better tomorrows!

Cheers and SYITG,

Mother Goose

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