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  1. Semper Gumby says:

    Revelation 5: And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the ancients; and the number of them was thousands of thousands, Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and benediction. And every creature, which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that are in them: I heard all saying: To him that sitteth on the throne, and to the Lamb, benediction, and honor, and glory, and power, for ever and ever.

    God, and Country.

    An Irish plumber worked at the home of a 91 year-old leukemia patient, then handed her this receipt…


    At a middle school in Dallas, the principal and teachers announced a “Breakfast with Dad,” then realized they were short almost one hundred fathers…


    Craiglist ad posted several years ago by a group of young men aged 21-26 in Spokane, Washington:

    We will be throwing a backyard BBQ on Father’s Day…we are in need of a father figure. Duties include:

    – grilling hamburgers and hotdogs (whilst drinking beer)

    – refer to all attendees as “Big Guy”, “Chief”, “Sport”, “Champ” etc. (whilst drinking beer)

    – Talk about dad things like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffett, etc. All whilst drinking beer.

    Preference will be given to applicants named Bill, Randy, or Dave.


    This half-minute video clip requires no introduction:


  2. aut_2b_home says:

    Thank you so much for posting those, Semper Gumby! They certainly brightened my morning. We certainly need a lot more positive stories about men.

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    aut_2b_home: You’re welcome. Two more stories.

    Seminarians in Indiana collecting, chopping and delivering wood:

    This work is second nature for Eli Yandow, a seminarian for the Diocese of Burlington, Vt., enrolled at Saint Meinrad. He grew up on a dairy farm just south of the Canadian border where his family heats their home entirely by wood.

    “It felt like being at home out chopping wood,” said Yandow, the project’s general manager this year.

    In overseeing all the work of the project, Yandow, in his fourth year of formation at Saint Meinrad, can see how it benefits the seminarians. He especially notices it in what he calls the “brotherhood of the wood lot crew.”

    “Nothing brings guys together like sweating next to each other,” Yandow said. “We know that we’re body and soul. Sometimes, we almost get too caught up on just the soul.”

    Teresa Shephard and her 6-year-old daughter are one of those families served by Project Warm. They live in rural Perry County and heat their home partly with firewood.


    In Japan during the 4th of July weekend 2017 five U.S. Marines were hiking Mt. Fuji when a frantic Japanese man got their attention. The man’s daughter was lying on the ground, convulsing and soon lost consciousness. The Marines calmed the father, improvised a stretcher with their walking sticks and T-shirts, then carried her two miles down the mountain to medical help. She eventually recovered in hospital.

    “Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.” – 1 Corinthians 16:13

  4. Semper Gumby says:

    “Nothing brings guys together like sweating next to each other,” Yandow said. “We know that we’re body and soul. Sometimes, we almost get too caught up on just the soul.”

    Good point by that seminarian.

    The Rule of St. Benedict, written for monks in the 6th century, states: Ora et Labora. Pray and Work.

    Ora et Labora is a virtuous circle between monastery and community. For years hundreds of faithful arrive at Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma for the Annual Work Day. The day begins at 0630 with Low Mass and ends at Vespers. The next Work Day is March 5:


    A previous Work Day at Clear Creek Abbey: “…volunteers are carpenters, college students, families, even an Army lieutenant colonel…”


    The Knights of Columbus recently built a suspension bridge at Clear Creek Abbey, the video is cued to an interesting bit of news from Fr. Joseph O’Hara:


    “You want to bring Knights together? Give them something to do.”

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