The F.U.N. Quotient…. make it a happy day!

I love this not only because I’ve visited Notre Dame in Paris multiple times, but I’m admiring the folks who braved the cold last winter to do this! Warms the heart! Love all the religious who are spreading their joy, too! H/T to Kathy Schiffer for sharing.

The F.U.N. Quotient… bloggy edition

The F.U.N. Quotient… bloggy edition

Sometimes ya gotta laugh…

These blogs raise bring me giggles and smiles.

It’s Like They Know Us

The I Love Dogs Site, like this post. (A cute Boston Terrier here.)

Catholic Memes, and over on Facebook too.

The Ironic Catholic, (After years of family camping, and eight years of NOT, this was a gem to read: “How family car camping is like the spiritual life.”)

And over on Twitter, there’s always Emergency Cute Stuff.

Remember, God gave us the gift of laughter… so do it often. It might be the key to your new evangelization witness in the world.

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Bonus: There’s still time to get your 2015 Nuns Having Fun Wall Calendar.

 

Banner Photo: Lily

The F.U.N. Quotient… silly kid jokes edition

I always love kid jokes. Clean, fun, silly. Here’s a neat website I found that specializes in clean jokes submitted by children.

Insert your own comic rim shot after each one.

Here’s a sample:

Q. How do you make seven an even number?
A. Take the s out!

Q. What dog can jump higher than a building?
A. Anydog, buildings can’t jump!

Q: What’s black and white and makes a lot of noise?
A: A zebra with a drumkit.

Q. How do you make a fruit punch?
A. Give it boxing lessons.

Q. Where can you find an ocean with no water?
A. On a map!

Q. What animal needs to wear a wig?
A. A bald eagle.

Q. Why did the Oreo go to the dentist?
A. Because he lost his filling. 

Go read some more. 

 

The F.U.N. Quotient… pee wee football edition

This isn’t just something fun. This is something that will warm your heart. Way to go, boys! Proud that your from MA.

Read more here. 

The F.U.N. Quotient… Catholic geek edition

The F.U.N. Quotient… Catholic geek edition

I’ve had a few days to relax and retreat (and yes, work) while at Chiara Center in Springfield, IL. It’s a lovely place, and the Sisters are very hospitable and this is a very modern facility. I love the Franciscan heritage and the profoundly beautiful St Francis of Assisi church on the property. (Read all about it, with photos. in this PDF.)

My prayer times have been very special. And, well, my Catholic geeky side has been enthralled, much like when I’ve been at other cathedrals, basilicas, or shrines. Thought you’d like to share in the fun.

Of course the oldest things in here, beside the dirt the church is built on, are the relics. Let’s start with the church’s patron, St Francis.

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St Francis of Assisi’s reliquary

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First class relic, bone of the saint.

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Ornate reliquary containing a fragment of the True Cross, with authentication alongside.

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Close up of a splinter from the Cross

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A view from across the grounds.

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Facade of St Francis Assisi Church

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A mosaic of Francis is over the front door “greeting” you as you arrive… it’s Francis depicted as receiving the stigmata. (Don’t know what that is? Go look it up.)

There’s wonderful marbles and stained glass and art all through the church.

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A view from the rear balcony

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Inside the dome.

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The tabernacle, complete with cherubim, reminiscent of the Ark of the Covenant.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help. (Yes that is all marble from several different European countries.) (This is kind of rare to see in the States.)

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St Teresa of Avila

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St Rita of Cascia

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St Rose of Lima

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St Joseph with the child Jesus

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St John the Evangelist, and beloved disciple

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I love this depiction of Martha and Mary of Bethany with Jesus.

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This one stirred me… Jesus in Gethsemane — the agony in the Garden.

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“Ecce Homo” = “Behold the man.” (What Pilate said about Jesus.) (And yes, those eyes are amazing. I never before felt like stained glass was staring at me till I saw this one)

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Entrance to Chiara Center – where tomorrow 100+ women from the Diocese of Springfield will come for our women’s conference together.

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One more of St Francis, from the grounds.

All photos taken by me, Pat Gohn, with my trusty iPhone 4s.

The F.U.N. Quotient… Boston Terrier edition

I’ve been on the road a lot. Been missing the family, sure. But I’ve been missing my dog, too. Boston Terriers are known for their clownish antics — all while being dressed up in a “tuxedo”!

 

 

The F.U.N. Quotient… silly things that make me smile

So, I want to play human foosball…

Many of these are why I could never work in food service… I drop stuff all the time!