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The Liebster Award–revisited

Wow, the Liebster Award is really going around the Catholic blogosphere! I’ve just been awarded it for the 3rd time this year, this latest thanks to Lara at Mercy Me! I’ve got work to do! She has a wonderful blog, so please visit her. Thank you, Lara for the award. Thanks also to Karee Santos at Can We Cana?, who gave me the award last time, but let me pass on posting about it. I am so honored!

I actually passed 200 followers recently, but I will accept this award so I can promote some great blogs I’ve recently discovered. They are all on my new list of Catholic Sprituality Blogs–please visit that page for even more links. I’m listing 9 here, because the others either recently won the award, have more than 200 followers, or are in Spanish. If any of these have more than 200 followers, they are excused from posting. I’m a little too busy right now to check that out.

  1. Catholibertarian
  2. Community of Catholic Bloggers
  3. From the Pulpit of My Life
  4. Journey to Wisdom
  5. Reflections of a Catholic Christian
  6. St. Joe’s Weekly Word
  7. Saint Theodora/Mother Theodor Guerin
  8. Saintly Sages
  9. The Beautiful Gate

For the requirements for the award, facts about myself, and questions for these bloggers, I refer you back to my last Liebster post.

Here are the questions from Lara, with my answers:

1. How do you think the world would be different if everyone practiced corporal and spiritual works of mercy- ie. feed the hungry, comfort the sick, forgive offenses etc. ? It would be like the Garden of Eden.

2. When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up? A writer and a teacher. Some dreams do come true!

3. What is your favorite biblical scripture? Romans 12:1.

4. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Scotland.

5.  What are the top three attributes that you think a Christian should have? Love, trust, and perseverance.

6.  Why do you blog? I love to write and to share my faith and knowledge.

7. How do you stand as a witness for God? I’m not sure what this one means. If you’re asking, “How does one stand…,” I’d say, be loving and authentic. If you’re asking how well I do this, I can only say I do make an effort, but often fail.

8. What is the nicest thing that someone has done for you? Married me!

9. What was your favorite television show growing up and what is it now? I always liked “The Brady Bunch.” I don’t watch much TV now, but I do enjoy NOVA.

10. If you could be king/queen for the day what is one thing you would require everyone to do? Tell their spouse and kids how much they love them.

11. What do you love most about God? That He know me thoroughly and still loves me without limit.

And what a perfect note to end on!

Connie Rossini


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Ah, shucks. I’m speechless!

Nancy Shuman of The Breadbox Letters has kindly given me the Liebster Award. It’s given to up-and-coming bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers.  Liebster is German for “sweetest,” “valued,” “endearing,” “welcoming,” etc. Thank you, Nancy! I think you’re pretty sweet to give it to me.

Here are the “rules” for The Liebster Award:

1. List 11 things about yourself.
2. Answer the questions that the nominator has posed for you.
3. Nominate 11 up-and-coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
4. Create 11 questions to ask the nominees.
5. Go to the page of each nominee and tell her about her award.

So, 11 things about me you may not know:

  1.  I spent 2 years after college as a lay missioner in Japan.
  2. I have 7 brothers and 3 sisters. (One of each died in childhood.)
  3. I almost left the Catholic Church in my 20s.
  4. I grew up in a Charismatic family.
  5. I have zero hand-eye coordination. Zero.
  6. I am fascinated by history.
  7. I’m only 4’11” tall.
  8. “Enchanted April” is my favorite movie.
  9. I have a B.A. in Elementary Education and Modern Foreign Languages (2/3 Spanish, 1/3 French).
  10. I love doing genealogy.
  11. I used to dream about being headmistress of a girls’ boarding school. (God’s humor.)

Now, the questions from Nancy, with my answers:

1.  If you won a free trip to anywhere, where would you go? Scotland.
2.  What is your favorite childhood memory?  Our family vacation at the Oregon Coast.
3.  What’s your favorite season? Autumn.
4.  Favorite kind of music? Classical.
5.  If you could spend tomorrow with one canonized saint, who would it be? St. Francis de Sales.
6.  What is your favorite Scripture?  (either chapter and verse, or a whole book) Romans 12:1. (Go look it up!)
7.  If you were dressing up for an elegant evening out, what would you wear?…. Black velvet.
8.  …. and where would you like to go? The symphony. (If I lived near one.)
9.  Who has modeled the Christian life for you, or taught it to you, in an inspiring way? My brother, Fr. Michael Mary, M. Carm.
10. What is your favorite poem?  (if you don’t have one, pick a favorite anything-else!) Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 is my favorite romantic poem. Here it is, dedicated to my Valentine:

“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”

11.  How do you like to relax and wind-down? Put my feet up, read a 19th-Century British novel, and sip Chai Latte–alone. (And the last time I did all that at once was before I had kids!)

As for nominees, most of the blogs I read either have more than 200 followers, or were just nominated by someone else. But one blog that I think deserves more readers is:

A Catholic Reader by Dr. Lisa Nicholas. Please check out her site.

The questions for Lisa are:

  1. What is you favorite painting or sculpture?
  2. What is your favorite book of the Bible?
  3. What was your worst subject in school?
  4. Which modern convenience would you find it most difficult to live without?
  5. What is the farthest you have ever been from the place you born?
  6. What is your favorite day/season of the liturgical year?
  7. What virtue would you most like to be remembered for practicing?
  8. What one word would your friends use to describe you?…
  9. …Would you describe yourself the same way?
  10. Do you speak any language other than English?
  11. What is your favorite novel for adults?