Staying Awake Revisited

I’ve been thinking a lot about the our Lord’s Agony in the Garden.  Specifically, I’ve been thinking about “staying awake” for our Lord.

In fact, my plan for this article was to write about how we need to “stay awake” and not be so critical of the disciples who fell asleep since, you know, we’re far from perfect ourselves!

As I prepared to formulate my first sentence (the hardest sentence by the way) I stopped and asked myself, “Wait, have I already written about this?”  I honestly couldn’t remember so I decided to do a search at the top of our site.

Bam.  There it was. Stay Awake!  I wrote this article 2 years ago during Lent.  It was pretty cool to read it and realize that while I’d like to think I’ve grown spiritually since then I am still, very much, a work in process.  And I still contemplate the same thoughts.

So, if you haven’t read this Stay Awake article feel free to check it out.

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!

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15 Minute EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute)

  • 8 KB Swings (post weight used in comments)
  • 5 burpees (be sure chest touches ground, both feet leave ground during jump, and hands clap above head after jump).  God is watching so no cheating reps!  🙂


3 Must Listen Catholic Podcasts

The past few months I’ve discovered a few different types of Catholic media I’d really encourage folks check out.  In particular, there are some really good podcasts out there.

The first one I want to point out is from Fr. Mike Schmitz.  This isn’t really a traditional podcast… instead he shares his most recent homily.  And, let me just say, Fr. Mike can preach!  He preaches to students on a college campus but his messages resonate with me and I’m 44-years-old!   He’s currently working through an awesome Lenten series called “The Root.”

If you’re an iPhone user you can also subscribe to these homilies in the Podcast app… just search for “UMD Catholic Campus” and you’ll find it.  I haven’t check the Android friendly, Stitcher app, but you may be able to find them there as well.

Next up is Mike’s personal favorite… Fr. John Riccardo.  These are also homilies which are fantastic.  You can also find these podcasts in the iPhone app… just search for “Fr. John Riccardo’s Podcasts.”  Again, I haven’t check the Android friendly, Stitcher app, but you may be able to find them there as well.

And last, but certainly not least, I’d like to point you to Fr. Larry Richards.  But, let me just say… if you’re feeling a little sensitive and need a hug… you might want to pass on Fr. Larry until you’re ready to man up.  Why?  Easy.  Fr. Larry doesn’t mess around.  He tells it like it is and sometimes, men, the truth punches us square in the face.

So if want to fill your ears with some Catholic awesomeness… give these three a spin!

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!

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Sorry yesterday’s WOD was posted late.  If you worked out yesterday please use today as active recovery.  If you didn’t work out yesterday here is the WOD we posted late.

Tabata the following:

  • HR Push-ups
  • Butterfly Sit-ups
  • Russian Twists (R+L = 1)

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For Time:

Note: The Wall Balls are meant to help you be consistent and to squat below parallel during your DB thrusters.  So when you do a DB thruster simply squat until your butt touches the wall ball.  Don’t use the wall ball to “rebound” (i.e. no bouncing).  If the wall ball doesn’t allow you to break below parallel please see if you can find something that does.  This WOD should be a burner.  Please treat it as such.

Run 200 meters

21 DB Thrusters to Wall Ball (note weight used in comments)

21 Jumping Pull-ups

Run 200 meters

15 DB Thrusters to Wall Ball (note weight used in comments)

15 Jumping Pull-ups

Run 200 meters

DB Thrusters to Wall Ball (note weight used in comments)

9 Jumping Pull-ups

If you allow the status quo to persist, you can’t expect to improve performance, and you can’t expect to win. – Jocko Willink

What’s Your Plan?

Lent should suggest to us these basic questions: Am I advancing in my faithfulness to Christ, in my desire for holiness, in a generous apostolate in my daily life, in my ordinary work among my colleagues? Each one of us, silently, should answer these questions, and we will see that we need to change again if Christ is to live in us, if Jesus’ image is to be reflected clearly in our behaviour. -St. Josemaria Escriva

Note from Ron: I am publishing this a day early giving everyone time to prepare!

Lent starts tomorrow. What’s your plan? Are you “giving up” chocolate? Perhaps you’re going to “do something extra” as a way to grow in holiness.

Prior to experiencing the disciplines of Exodus 90 I normally gave something up. The toughest Lent, for me, was probably the time I gave up the use of all condiments. No ketchup. No BBQ sauce. No ranch for my pizza (don’t knock it until you try it). I can’t lie… it was hard.

But, now, as I look back I realize it was a joke. You see I found ways around it. I started to pile so many jalapeño peppers onto whatever I was eating I forgot all about the lack of mayonnaise. And, of course, a little vinegar sprinkled on top of that Subway sandwich was OK… I mean… it’s vinegar. That’s no condiment!

So, like so many other aspects of my spiritual life… I found a way to rationalize bad behavior.

Lent isn’t the time to rationalize or test limits. It’s a time to lock our eyes onto Christ. It’s a time of penance.  This is why I’m so thankful for the disciplines of Exodus. My brothers and I are locking things down once again this Lent.

No electronics/media unless it’s work related. No TV. No movies. Cold showers. No sweets. Vigorous exercise (think burpees… lots of burpees), no non Christian music, weekly holy hour, and daily spiritual workouts (scripture, reflections, etc.). There are a few other things but these are the highlights.

And, yes, I know… I may have lost you at cold showers. But you can do it. You really can. Just turn the damn water as cold as it will go and get in.  I promise the water isn’t colder than it is for my brother, Andy, who now lives in Colorado. He does it. So can you.

And if you don’t have a group of brothers to do Exodus with email me.  I’ll personally check in with you daily via text.  I really will.  You have no more excuses.  Join us.

Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!