Passing it Forward 6

We’re honored for the second time this week with a second blogger award. I would like to confer it back to some others who I think really deserve the award, especially to 8kidsandabusiness who gave us the award (Thank you! And thanks for the video at the end of your acceptance post. That was really classy!  Everyone loves Sally Field.). Balancing a large family with a small business: How beautiful is that!

Now, in an earlier post this week, I wrote 7 things about myself (which I decided to alter a bit since). Since Biltrix is a group effort, I invited Fr Jason Smith to share a few things about himself this time.

Here are 7 things you did not know about Fr Jason (unless you know Fr Jason):

  • 1. My younger brother is also a priest. He resides and works in Florence, Italy. How he got that assignment and I didn’t I have no idea. I’m not jealous, I’m really not.
  • 2. I was born on the same day that Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record. I like to think I popped out at precisely the same time the ball crossed the fence. I’ve been an avid baseball fan ever since, especially for the Minnesota Twins, win or lose, mostly lose.
  • 3. I’m very good at games of little consequence such as ping pong, corn toss, air hockey, Frisbee, and disc golf; I’m really good at wiffle ball, and can throw some pretty nasty pitches that can strike out pretty much anyone (Note, you really need to watch this in full screen to fully appreciate Fr Jason’s “nasty” pitches):
  • 4. I don’t have much skill at anything but I’m really lucky and so I’m successful at about 95% of the things I do. One year it was getting out of hand and so I gave up winning for Lent–not competition, just winning.
  • 5. I once got an F+ in Math. I could be the only person in the history of humanity to ever get an F+ in anything. I am very proud of that.
  • 6. I once accidentally stole the Pope’s ring before the Easter Vigil. He washed his hands and the ring happened to have gotten stuck in the towel and he wasn’t aware and neither was I. I stuck the towel behind Michelangelo’s Pieta. Suddenly Pope Benedict realized he no longer had on the Papal ring! I gave him the towel back and there it was. Rumors still circulate around Rome about that but now you, o Biltrix reader,  know the true story.
  • 7. Once, while serving Mass in front of a packed congregation, my leg fell asleep. When it came time to stand up (I was kneeling) I toppled over in what must have looked like some strange sort-of liturgical dance. Nothing that has ever happened to me since has embarrassed me. People may gasp and scream but it’s really not that bad and ultimately they think it’s funny.

I wander why Fr Jason left out the fact that he likes to play with swords.

And now to pass it forward:

Beauty spreads itself. I want to share this award with the following bloggers, who I believe deserve it more than we do, for passing it forward with their beautiful writing and the beautiful things they share:

Keep up the beautiful blogging!


  1. Thank you James. I never thought I’d have a sword but it was a gift from Jack Swygman, Jocki Weber, Christopher O’Loughlin, Jona Hoffmaister, and Dillon Hurd as a going away present after their missionary year. I took the picture as a joke. The sword reminds me we’re in a spiritual battle, and armed with the Sword of the Spirit, we’ll be victorious.

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