My comments in the “viral” Cardinal Burke interview


His Eminence and Chanoine Gilles Guitard, Institute Master of Ceremonies

I just finished reading this. Two things struck me (my emphasis):

The lex orandi is always bound to the lex credendi. If someone does not pray well, then he does not believe well and therefore he does not behave well. When I go to celebrate the Traditional Mass, for example, I see so many beautiful young families with so many children. I do not believe that these families do not have problems, but it is evident that they have more strength to confront them. This has to say something. The liturgy is the most perfect and most complete expression of our life in Christ, and when all of this is lessened or is betrayed every aspect of the life of the faithful is harmed.

I know this first hand!


If I am suffering at this time because of the situation in the Church, I think that the Lord is telling me that I have need of purification. And I also think that, if the suffering is so widespread, this means that the whole Church is in need of purification. But this is not because of a God who is waiting only to punish us. This is because of our own sins. If in some way we have betrayed doctrine, moral teaching or the liturgy, it follows inevitably that we will undergo a suffering that purifies us to put us back again on the narrow way.

If this tribulation for him is for his purification…what about the rest of us… <insert Film Noir music >


Half Marathon Out-brief

Thank you all for your prayers.  I was able to complete the race under what I thought would be a reasonable time (for me) of 2:30 by CRUSHING it by 2 minutes, zooming in at 2:28:00. It was an exhilarating race on a chilly but beautiful morning.

I really enjoyed this for several reasons, starting with the drive.  As some of you know, I went to SIU Carbondale for undergrad. On several occasions, I made an early morning drive to Saint Louis to catch a flight to visit my brother in Los Angeles. It involved about an hour of country road driving and an hour on the interstate.  Driving to this race early this morning brought back many fond memories of driving on similar backroads whilst the sun was rising.


I finally arrive in Mascoutah IL, a small town of 7000 folks, on the south side of Scott AFB.  It was a charming “Small town USA” town, not unlike those near Carbondale. Basically one main drag through town with a few banks, a car dealership (who sponsored the race) and a bunch of other maw & paw places.


It would seem like much of the town came out to help this race.  There were countless large American flags on metal poles lining the streets near the start/finish line.  They even hoisted a large one with the help of the local fire dept.  Local football players helped man the drink stops along the course.


At race time, it was a balmy 42 degrees…a little chilly but I’ll take it.  I am glad I registered early so that Mascoutah could have this vehicle on standby…

IMG_5320A pre-race three-way selfie with me in the middle with the hat.  Fellow life runner, CH, took the shot and his friend Mike joined us as well.  He took footage with a chest-mounted GoBro camera.

Another view of the suspended flag:


Why all these signs of patriotism?  The race was setup for the benefit of the Wounded Warrior Project.  A vet told his story on how the WWP assisted him after suffering post-traumatic stress disorder when serving in Iraq right before the race to thank the participants and onlookers for their support of the organization.


GO time!  348 runners took off when the fire engine fired up the siren.

IMG_5277Away we go…first turn was down a residential block or two.  You can see the aforementioned flags here as things get underway.



The local high school marching band percussionists played for the runners as they passed by.


The next several miles brought on the cornfields!




Up until just beyond mile #3, this was really not unlike any race I’ve done before. The 5-6K are roughly this length.  Around mile 3.6, though, I started to feel this a little bit.  The ball of my left foot started to get a little numb but otherwise I was ok.



The country roadway continues…around this point, between 4 & 5 miles, the uber fast folks were already coming back.  The turnaround point on this road was around 5.5 miles. You can tell by the mile marker signs and the placement of the shadow.




At around 6.5, fatigue started to settle in a bit.  I took a my ration of GU CHOMPS (GU gel in jujifruit form) at this point.

Throughout the race, I used my 13.1 trainer app on my iPhone to help me keep pace.  I had trained to walk/run this thing as I knew there was going to be NO WAY I’d be able to run the whole thing…yet. The pacing was 4 minutes running, 1 minute walking.  Up until this point, I was getting frustrated with the thing when it told me to, “start walking.”  I wanted to keep running.  But I knew that I needed to obey it :)  I am glad I did because a few miles later, I look forward to the “start walking” command as the adrenaline was starting to run out.

OK..back to the scenery…a handful of cows and horses came out to watch.  Again…stuff we don’t see here in the STL Metro area races!


Things continue to get more difficult after mile marker 7.5 or so.  The wind, which had been calm, started to pick up to the ~15-20 mph range.  This made things more challenging.



My feet really started to be numb and hurt at the same time (is that possible?) right around here.  But I’m not going to call for the stretcher yet!




As I approached this water/Gatorade stop, a lady there noticed I had my rosary out and was complimentary of it.  I made sure to thank her for that as well as the drinks!  I did not pass up many of these stops…I mean, it’s free gatorade!




It was right around here…around 12.5 that my friend & co worker, CH, met me. He had already completed some time earlier and was going to be my wing-man on the remaining steps to the finish line. It was good to talk to someone along the way.  I was pretty much out of puff at this point and needed to walk a little more than I’d like.


But FINALLY the 13 came…looking up, the finish line was ahead.  I was able to muster a little more *umpf* to finish the race running strong and collect my hardware.  DONE!!!  Go crazy folks, go crazy! (whatever)


The three of us hung out for a little bit after the race.  Bud Light awaited us.  My run keeper app said that race burned 2,529 calories.  I figure the beer helped offset that a bit :)  In my swag-bag there was a coupon for a free small order of fries (only valid at the local McDonald’s) so I took part in that too :)  I then headed for home.


It was really great to have done this race.  I got the medal, which is nice & all.  But I got a better award when I came home.  Bubba (my oldest boy) made this for me.  It’s on my fridge now.  I love how he added a small Boeing 707 to the award.  :)


What’s next?  Mr. C, told me, “Do not resist the temptation to start planning your marathon for next year.”  I gave it a courtesy laugh.  NO WAY.  But I shall do this race again and perhaps another one if I can find one nearby.  Also intriguing…The Indianapolis Mini-Marathon is in May…and on a Saturday.  That makes it easier to do as I really don’t want to disrupt our family’s Mass attendance.  The neatest part about that race (as I’ve been told) is that 2 1/2 miles of the race is on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  I’ve never been there and I think that would be really neat.  It is a HUGE race…some 36,000 runners.  We’d have to make a weekend out of it with the crew if we did it.  But we’ll see what next year brings.

Thank you for your prayers and support again!  I’m so glad I did this!


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At this time tomorrow…

…I will be recovering from my first half-marathon…God-willing, one that I will complete.

Where did those two come from?

Where did those two come from?

But for now, BEFOREHAND, I ask for your prayers for a safe and fun race.  I will keep, you my dear readers, in my intentions as well during the race.  As I suspect a 1/2 marathon will take me upwards of 2 1/2 hrs to complete, it will leave time for many rosaries :)  Not to mention plenty of soreness to offer up for the blasted Extraordinary Synod which approacheth and for the cause of pro-life.

I took the opportunity this morning to get the race packet rather than wait in line tomorrow before the race.  I took the course map and drove it with the kiddos in the 12.0.  My my my…along with upwards of 450 runners, there will be miles of rows and rows of cornfields to keep me company :)  Definitely not Creve Coeur Lake or Queeny Park, fer sure!  We’ll be out in the country!

Of course, I’ll have a full post-mortem race report as well as some pictures of the pre, during and post-race activities (beer is served at the end…nothing like a pre-noon beer for good health!)

All in Christ!
For Pro Life!

Plodder Marc

A “Jolly Good” Video on the Institute’s Work in the UK

Hat tip to TantumBlogo down in the great state of Texas (home now of many In-N-Out Burger restaurants to boot!) for linking to this video.


There are some familiar faces on this video. One of our newly ordained, Canon Altiere, and of course, the beloved founder and prior general of the Institute, Msgr. Gilles Wach.

I loved how warm Bishop Davies welcomed both the Institute as well as the Traditional Mass, being the first to celebrate Mass upon its re-opening.  I’m sure he’s now on a short list to be sacked, as the Brits say, by Rome for his warmness towards this traditional movement.  :)  Please pray for him and for this apostolate of our beloved Institute!

In your charity…

Please pray today for the repose of the soul of my paternal grandmother, Mildred L. Pekny, who died 20 years ago today.

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,et lux perpetua luceat eis.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli:
in tuo adventu suscipiant te Martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Ierusalem.
Chorus Angelorum te suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.

May Angels lead you into paradise;
may the Martyrs receive you at your coming
and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem.
May a choir of Angels receive you,
and with Lazarus, who once was poor, may you have eternal rest.