7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 41

— 1 —   This Week’s Post:  Hope  Even Mr. Darcy found itVirtue in women changes Men!

— 2 —   Awesome Guest Post:  Keep an eye out for a guest post on Monday, August 12th featuring Britt from Proverbial Girlfriend!

 — 3 —  Twitter:  It’s official.  I like Twitter more than Facebook.  Twitter has this matchmaking service where it sends you the Twitter accounts of those whom you might be interested in following.  It’s networking feature is supremely better than Facebook.  This week, Steven Ertelt began to follow little old me.  Who is Steven you ask?  He is the courageous founder of LifeNews.com!  He is big time and I am little itty bitty time.  Quite an honor!

— 4 — Artificial Means Makes It Shallow:  This explains a lot:

 “….We must recognize once again that those who cut themselves off absolutely from the natural results of conjugal intercourse ruin the spontaneity and depth of their experiences, especially if artificial means are used to this end….” 

Blessed Pope John Paul II (pg 69 in Love and Responsibility)

— 5 —  Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord:  I loved this reading from the Book of Daniel.  Daniel refers to God as the Ancient One.

 “As I watched : Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was bright as snow, and the hair on his head as white as wool ; His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him. The court was convened, and the books were opened.
 As the visions during the night continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.”

Book of Daniel 7:9-10.13-14

— 6 — Spotlight On: This week’s spotlight is on Laura from Life is Beautiful.  She just returned from Haiti and this post describes her experience and the impression the mission trip left upon her.

“And our nation. It’s full, so full. Of stuff. Too much stuff. We can’t see through it all.

The Haitians. Their stomachs are empty. Their homes are empty.

Their eyes are full. Sometimes of pain. Sometimes of joy.

Their churches are full.”

 — 7 — Healthy Conviction:  So…..after I read Laura’s post about her trip to Haiti I told Gregg that I think we should spend our family vacation next year on a mission trip.  He looked at me like I was crazy because I am the type that complains if I forget my straight iron. Or, if our house rises above 75 degrees.  You get the picture.  But, the part in her post about having too much stuff really convicted me.  Yet in a good way.  What would I be like after such an experience?  I can see my future detached and compassionate self and I want to be that girl.  I want my heart to break for what breaks His.

 God love and bless you!

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4 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 41

  1. Cindy, thank you for the quick takes! Your blog is beautiful and inspiring!

    And I was so humbled and delighted by your #7– it’s so awesome the way God uses social media. I’m so thrilled you and your husband are considering going. I would recommend it to anyone. If you are interested in the group I went with, let me know (my email is laurarene05@yahoo.com). They are a solid group of priests/consecrated women who go down to Haiti every couple months (Legionaries of Christ). It was so wonderful to have the sacraments and spiritual direction during a trip like that!

    • Hi Laura! Thank you for the information and for visiting my blog. You are smart to seek out these ‘stretching’ opportunities while you are young. I regret not pushing myself out of my comfort zone more during my single years. Again, thank you for sharing your experience and for inspiring all of us! You have been on my Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer list for a while and I will continue to pray for you and your vocation. God bless, Cindy

  2. Yay for #1! Sometimes I am struck to my knees (well, I think I’m already on them! :P) during Mass when the priest says “In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait with joyful hope…” Yes, that is the attitude—joyful hope! Oh, and yay for #6-7! Laura’s post is so beautiful and poetic. Thanks for introducing us to her! My priest had part of his homily about “stuff” and anxiety in his homily. I will pray for you as you discern your family’s possible call! Even if it is a staycation full of runs to donate your stuff. 😛 Oh, and of course, ayy for #2. 🙂 God bless you and your ministry!

    • Hi Britt! I love that part of Mass too. I really feel the protection from anxiety as a result. From now on, I will smile during the ‘joyful hope’ part too. Yay for #2 and for your next guest post! Thank you for your prayers and comment! God bless you, Cindy

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