7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 63

— 1 —   This Week’s Post: Truth Is Written On Our Hearts.  Don’t you just love when the Lord sends His blessing at just the right time?  Joanna, which means ‘a gift from God’ was certainly a gift to me this week and her sage advice and insights captured in this post are gifts to us all. Thank you, Joanna!

**next week I will be a guest blogger on For Such A Time As This! The topic?  What is it like to be a 21st Century Woman?  #excited

— 2 —   March For Life:  I watched the whole March for Life on EWTN while sitting on my couch.  And do you know what?  I was freezing.  I was inside, under a blanket and I was freezing.  All I kept thinking about was how those holy marchers must have been chilled to the bone (I’m looking at you, Morgan and TEAM D!)! Thank you and God bless each and every one of you!

 3 —  Mass For Life:  Did you get to see the Mass for Life Wednesday morning?  These young Catholics are such an inspiration!! Did you see the photo of the cute guy praying the rosary?  Wink, wink. Uh huh.  Oh, Lord, you refresh us with your consolations and give us hope!

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And, cue the ‘Hallelujah’ music!

— 4 —  Abby Johnson:  Abby Johnson is a former Planned Parenthood worker who is now one of the strongest pro-life advocates in this important cause.  She was on The Journey Home Monday night and I was super impressed and moved by her story.  It is an hour long but worth every minute! And, Marcus’ son JonMarc did a great job as the host!

— 5 —   Not Alone Series: 

  • This week’s topic is Beauty. It reminded me that I need to do my book review of Emily Stimpson’s book, These Beautiful Bones. Isn’t it funny how one of the readings from this week’s Mass was from Samuel which reminds us:

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7 

Check out Jen’s blog for the link-up!  Oh, and speaking of link-ups, the Not Alone Series was nominated for the Sheenazing Award!  I know you love this link-up so go cast your vote of support! Congrats to Jen, Morgan and all the girls!!

— 6 —   Spotlight On:  

  • This week’s spotlight on is a triple-decker (a ‘hat trick’ for your hockey fans) by Celeste from Sacred Sharings For The Soul.  First, if you are having trouble surrendering to the Lord, check out her post Do You Trust? and be encouraged!

 “Our often inability to accept the will of our Lord is a reflection of our failure to die to self in surrender. We do not die to self in a way that brings about harm, we die to self so that the life and love of our Lord may live in us, enabling us to be who we were called by God to be within this world. Death to self so that Life itself may live in us more fully.”

Next, this beautiful meditation on Faith will warm your soul.  But, but, but, then she wrote a post about preparing for marriage and its title is…..Lifting The Veil of Disillusionment. She sweetly incorporated the concept of The Veil in her post and then gave me a little shout out on Twitter.  Great job, Celeste and thank you!

— 7 —   The Veil ~ Again:  The concept of us having a veil has also been expressed by Alice and Dietrich von Hildebrand.  I did not come up with the concept on my own but instead as a result of reading their writings. I was reminded this week about Alice’s words in this Letter To A Young Girl:

“….That is to say, a “secret” is entrusted to her body, and a secret is always “veiled”. According to Christian teaching, this veil closes the entrance to a mysterious garden which belongs to God in a special way, and for this reason cannot be entered into except with His express permission, the permission that God grants spouses in the Sacrament of Matrimony.”   Alice von Hildebrand

God love and bless you!

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7 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 63

  1. Oh! It wasn’t “that bad” in the cold. I mean, it was freezing, but it was awesome!! Being with T and E at the youth rally and the march for life with 20,000 and more than a hundred Priests celebrating… It was awesome. And I learned a few things… #1… E is willing to publicly say that she wants to be a Dominican sister and asked to talk to every single one we saw and asked for them to pray for her, our Cardinal Weurhl asked for anyone discerning the religious life at the end of the Mass and she stood up! #2… My kids want to know what we believe in with concrete and clear words “we believe that all babies are valuable and have the face of Jesus so abortion is murder” #3… They want to throw their energy behind something they can see and feel, bringing their faith to another level, like the rally and march, was profound. I am going to find more ways of showing my children that our faith is alive and vibrant and give them the opportunity to see that it is something worth being excited about!! So, in short, was it cold? YES! Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!

  2. Cindy!! A lovely way to begin a Friday. May the glory be to God. Thank you kindly for your words and all you do..oh, and a thank you to all the lovely people who read your blog!!

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