I've been tagged by the Ironic Catholic.

Rules: Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The Book: Passion for Christ, Passion for Humanity by the International Congress on Consecrated Life.

Page 123 is well into the footnotes for an article entitled "Seekers of Wells and Roads: Two Icons for a Samartian Consecrated Life" by Dolores Aleixandre, RSCJ. It's telling a story told by Thomas Merton.
"The monk who accompanied him wanted to bring a caravan of about twenty-five yaks loaded with all kinds of provisions. The Dalai Lama said to him, "We won't be able to take all those yaks with us; we'll have to wade and swim across rivers and we need to travel light." The monk replied, "We have to take them; we have to eat."
That was actually quite fun (if random) and makes me want to read that particular article!

I don't usually tag, but if you happen to be reading this and are so inclined, please play on your blog and let me know in the comments! Or, if you don't have a blog or feel like putting it on your blog, feel free to play IN the comments!


Katney said...

Well, since the nearest books to hand are a pile of 68 page kid lit first chapter books I need to scan so I can do book talks for reluctant third grade readers on Monday, I stretched to pick up the mystery my husband is reading. It is Black River by G. M. Ford.

on page 123: "The rest is history."
She lived in the top half of a duplex at the south end of Phinney Ridge: a nicely furnished one-bedroom, overlooking an elementary school playground. Everything had color-coordinated ruffles and shams, right out of some decorating book.

I like the way you tag. You give options. I don't know the etiquette of tagging. What are you supposed to do if you get tagged and don't want to "play"--like by someone who seems to have just wandered into your blog and it's the first time they've commented to you and boom, they tag you.

I also figure I should be embarrassed that my book is not something a bit more serious. I'm not. My Bible study books are by my feet. My husband's mystery was just a stretch of the arm. The kid lit--it's my job!

Just Curious said...

The nearest book was "Spiritlinking Leadership" by Donna Markham. Here are the three sentences:

In a comprehensive research study on leadership, David Nygren and Miriam Ukeritis found that outstanding leaders possess basic competencies of information gathering, administrative adeptness and efficiency; the cognitive abilities of conceptualization and analytical thinking; and a strong sense of mission. In addition, these leaders also possess a profound awareness of the sacredness of life, which enables them to discern and speak to the meaning of what is happening in a changing world. They have a passion for making things better and to making things happen.

Sr.Nicole Trahan said...

Hi, Susan!

What an interesting (and yes random!) tag...
So, the nearest book to me as I sit here is a green Gather Comprehensive hymnal. Right now I have a whole stack of music books in my bedroom. Anyway, the GC doesn't have any page numbers, so I went to song #123 (that's pretty close).

It's Psalm 126 - THe Lord Has Done Great Things. The 3 sentences are:
"Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage as streams in dray land. Those who are sowing in tears will sing when they reap. They go out, they go out, full of tears, carrying seed for the sowing; they come back, the come back, full of song, carrying their sheaves."

That's a hope-filled 3 sentences! Perfect...

tonda said...

Well, since you have only three replies so far to the tag I will be number four.
I have three books sitting beside me on the table. The Bible, Saint Elizabeth of Hungary and the one closest to me... Catholic Customs & Traditions.
Page 123 fifth sentence begins a section on Mary called the Hyperdulia. The next three sentences are;
Mary is given a veneration above that of all other saints. This is because of her unique relationship to Jesus, to the God from whom he comes, and to the church which continues his presence. This veneration, called the hyperdulia, is expressed in official dogmas, feast days,and in multiple forms of private devotions on the part of Catholics.

Keep reading ladies, sounds like good books out there.