Congratulations! After today you have officially survived Celebrity Blogger Week. See? That wasn't so hard. But first, our last but not least (or last shall be first depending on your perspective) CB. Read on.
New to the world of Celebrity Bloggerdom, Robert Hendrickson promises to bring us to the mountaintop this Lent. Well, that's not as impressive as it sounds since he lives in Denver but we like the metaphor and we're sticking with it. With a dog named Becket and a cat named Cuthbert, is it any surprise Robert was tapped as a Celebrity Blogger for Lent Madness 2014?
Robert Hendrickson was born into this world by a battalion of angels. This cosmic entry into the mortal coil has ingrained in him an interest in the supernatural and the fantastical. He will not readily admit to going to the occasional Renaissance Faire nor will he admit that he has been known to play the occasional video game (Skyrim being among his oft-denied favourites). Like any serious Anglican, he reads Tolkein, Lewis, and Arthurian legends and knows them like a badger knows snakehide. Robert is the Sub-Dean of Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver. He attended General Theological Seminary, was ordained to the priesthood in 2011, and served as a curate at Christ Church, New Haven where he started the Saint Hilda’s House young adult intentional community. He has also worked with the Ecumenical Office of the Episcopal Church, co-founded the Society of Catholic Priests of the Episcopal Church, and recently completed a book on young adult ministry titled Yearning: Authentic Transformation, Young Adults, and the Church. He is married to Dr. Karrie Cummings Hendrickson and who are the proud companions of Becket (a dolorous basset hound), Penelope (a fearless dachshund), Cuthbert (a once indomitable raccoon fighting cat), and Marshmallow (a rotund cat prone to wild fits of napping).
How has Lent Madness transformed your life?
Lent Madness had given me both clarity of purpose and of skin. It has done remarkable things for my overall demeanor and disposition. Whereas before, I had been a bit of a curmudgeon, I have now become something really more of a crank. This is thanks to the adulation and adoration that has come from the ranks upon ranks of fervent Lent Madness fans. This transformation is one that has given me a renewed commitment to a life of kindly dissolution in which I can write and contemplate the saintly virtues.
Obviously being a Celebrity Blogger is your greatest lifetime achievement. What perks have you enjoyed as a result of your status?
The chief perk of my newfound status has been the countless bouquets of flowers and edible arrangements that have arrived from delirious fans of Nicholas Ridley.
What do you hope the Lent Madness public will learn from the lives of the saints?
I hope that the Lent Madness readers will see the complexity of each of the lives of the saints. There is little in our own day that they did not face. Each was viewed with an amount of skepticism and even derision in their day and rarely does one become a saint without traveling a path that differs from the wider culture and even Church. We are each, in the lives of the saints, being given models for challenging ourselves to an ever more faithful journey with Christ as his story becomes ours and others see in us a glimpse of the divine image.
Someday, when you become the answer on Jeopardy, what will the question be?
"Who was martyred with a crossbow bolt while celebrating High Mass on Corpus Christi?"