WOD 112317

EMOM for 12 min:

Alternate movements:

14 KB Swings

12 Burpees

Post results and Spiritual training to comments.

“Out of gratitude and love for Him, we should desire to be reckoned fools” – St. Ignatius of Loyola

Culture Clash

The Thanksgiving Holiday can be engulfed in feelings of fear, anxiety and pressure. These feelings are the effects, like over pressure from an explosion, of a divisive culture. Gathering with family members and friends who don’t see each other often can seem to tear open old wounds as the friction of disordered relationships rub upon one another until blood is drawn.

Without dismissing the reality of this experience in many families, I think it is informative to look at the intent of the Holiday and the transformative nature that it can have on our culture. The etymology of the word culture comes from the Latin word, cultura, which means “growing” or the “tilling of land”. Later in 1867, this word was used to describe the idea of “collective customs and achievements of a people”.

We gather on this American holiday to give thanks for the many blessings that we have been given and it provides an opportunity for generational factions within your tribe to come together and share the customs and achievements which enrich the culture of the family.

These customs are usually passed down around the dinner table. We can probably all call to mind our favorite dish that a family member makes or a famous recipe that is widely known within our family circle. It is precisely through this labor of love and the sharing of food that we come to share our achievements, failures and sacrifices over the past year which enhance the flavor of our family’s culture and helps it to flourish.

We can look at this holiday as an opportunity to share your new found desire for “real food” and mesh it with other favorite family recipes in order to knit together the fabric of a growing and vibrant culture. Don’t get stuck in the trap of keeping score and judging one another this Thanksgiving, but rather look for ways to till the soil of your family so that it will grow.

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live” – St. John Paul II

“Put on the Armor of God” (Eph 6:11)

WOD 112017

“Dirty Thirty”

30 Jumping Squats

30 KB Swings

30 Jumping Pull Ups

30 Walking Lunges

30 Sit ups

30 DB Push Press

30 Superman’s

30 Burpees

30 Jump Rope Singles

Post times and Spiritual training to comments.

“In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks” – St. Teresa of Avila

WOD 111817

4 Rounds for time:

9 DB Snatches

12 Pull Ups

18 Burpees

Rest 2 min between rounds.  Post times and Spiritual training to comments.

“We are to love God for Himself, because of a twofold reason; nothing is more reasonable, nothing more profitable.”
-St. Bernard of Clairvaux

WOD 111617

4 Rounds for time:

15 Dumbbell Strict Press

15 Weighted Sit ups

400m Run

Post times and Spiritual training to comments.

“’Eat my flesh,’ [Jesus] says, ‘and drink my blood.’ The Lord supplies us with these intimate nutrients, he delivers over his flesh and pours out his blood, and nothing is lacking for the growth of his children”
-St. Clement of Alexandria

Indifference is a Choice

Being indifferent is cool.  Many of our youth fall for the lie that a lack of interest will help them fit in.  If the only thing you stand for is standing for nothing, then it becomes easy to criticize others and risk nothing.

Most of us shake this cloud of indifference off once we mature into adulthood because we find through experience that sitting on the fence will get us nowhere, especially in important parts of our lives like earning a living.  The sting of indifference, however, can often permeate into our adult years and can be felt in seemingly less critical areas of our lives like our physical and spiritual health.

The reality is that when we do not to make a choice, we still choose.  No dishonest criminal sets out to be dishonest…he just chooses not to practice honesty.  No one sets out to be broke…we just choose not to practice financial prudence.  So it is with our health.  We don’t choose to be de-conditioned and fat…we just choose not to practice temperance at meals and exercise regularly.

We are all given bodies and the ability to move them in the way in which they were created to move in varying degrees.  When we sit on the fence of indifference and don’t train our bodies to move according to their original design then we still make a choice…we simply choose to not train ourselves in courage and self mastery.

We will all make that decision today…it is inescapable…what will you choose?

“Put on the Armor of God” (Eph 6:11)