7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 30

— 1 —   This Week’s Post:  Is……an oldie but goodie.  Check out The Chase.  May you be blessed!

— 2 —  TridentineMass-1-1The Latin Mass:  My family and I went to our first Tridentine Latin Mass on Pentecost Sunday.  I was in awe of the reverence and the heavenly chanting and divine incense.  Ahhhh. We all loved it!  All one hour and forty-five minutes of it!  It did, however, make me appreciate the Novus Ordo  Mass (the one we normally attend).  I began to replay the beautiful words of the Mass in my head this week: “Blessed are you Lord God of all creation.  Through Your goodness.  Holy, Holy, Holy Lord.  Heaven and Earth are full of Your glory.  Through my fault, through my most grevous fault.”

— 3 — Matt Maher:  Have you heard his song “It is Good” from his new album?  It is so Old Testament and makes me want to get up and dance!

It is good to praise the Lord;  And make music to the name of God 
To  proclaim your love and faithfulness; All the day and through the  night
Get your hands up;  Get your hands up;  Get your hands up;  Get your hands up”

— 4 —  Spotlight onThis week’s spotlight is on Brianna Heldt!  Did you see this amazing post, Are Men Born To Cheat?  She is seriously one of my favorite bloggers. 

— 5 —  Sirach 5Yesterday’s Mass Readings:  Were sooo beautiful!  First we have the Book of Sirach 5:1-10.  

“Rely not on your wealth; say not: “I have the power.”  Rely not on your strength in following the desires of your heart.  Say not: “Who can prevail against me?” for the LORD will exact the punishment. Say not: “I have sinned, yet what has befallen me?” for the LORD bides his time.  Of forgiveness be not overconfident, adding sin upon sin. Say not: “Great is his mercy; my many sins he will forgive.”  For mercy and anger alike are with him; upon the wicked alights his wrath.  Delay not your conversion to the LORD, put it not off from day-to-day; For suddenly his wrath flames forth; at the time of vengeance, you will be destroyed.  Rely not upon deceitful wealth, for it will be no help on the day of wrath.” 

— 6 —  psalm-1-3Then We Have:  The first verses of Psalms:

“Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked, nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, 

but delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night

He is like a tree planted near running water, That yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers.” 

— 7 — st__thomas_aquinas_Finally We Have: This meditation from Saint Thomas Aquinas:

“Merciful God, grant that I may ardently desire what is pleasing to you, prudently seek it, truthfully acknowledge it and perfectly fulfill it to the praise and glory of your name. 

Order my life and grant I may carry out what you wish me to do as is fitting and serviceable to my soul’s salvation. May I come to you, Lord, by a way that is sure, direct, pleasant and ordered to its end; a way that does not wander aimlessly between prosperity and adversity; that I may thank you when things go well and keep patience when they go badly, neither letting myself be raised up by the former nor cast down by the latter. May nothing bring me happiness nor make me sad except those things that either lead to you or draw me away. May I neither desire to please nor fear to displease anyone except you alone. May all passing things become as worthless in my eyes because of you, Lord, and may I hold dear whatever touches you nearly and you yourself, O my God, more than all… May I desire nothing besides you…

O Lord my God, grant me an understanding that knows you, an eagerness that seeks you, a wisdom that finds you, a life that pleases you, a perseverance that waits for you with trust and a trust that holds you fast until the end. Grant me to be afflicted with your sorrows through penance, to make use of your blessings along the way by your grace, and above all to rejoice in your joy through glory in your homeland, O You who, being God, live and reign through all ages.”

God love and bless you!

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