7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 83

— 1 —   This Week’s Post:  You May Be Imagining It  Our journey with God is a supernatural one and in order to see with supernatural eyes, our vision must be healed.  If we evaluate the world with our natural eyes, we will only see injustice.

  “Do you ever look around at what others have and say to God, “What about me?  Don’t You love me too?” 

— 2 —     Struggling?:  If you are struggling, go read this post by Maura from Made In His Image.  #holyperspective 

—3 —      The Veil: A reader sent the quote below from the sequel to Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea.  I have never read the series but what a beautiful meditation on the lifted veil revealing ‘realities.”  Thank you, Mary my awesome reader!

“It was as if a veil that had hung before her inner consciousness had been lifted, giving to her view a revelation of unsuspected feelings and realities.” (about the protagonist Anne’s experience with her friend Gilbert)

— 4 —     We Need Each Other:  Kari Kampakis wrote a great article about Why Women Need Their Girlfriends.

— 5 —   Avoid Heartache:  Your Holy Family Ministries has a great series called Dating With A Purpose and I especially like the advice about Emotional Chastity discussed in How To Avoid Heartache In Dating.

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— 6 —    Lead Me On:  Audrey Assad’s song has a line in it about God’s ‘rod and staff‘ being a ‘strange mercy.’  It is true that even the Lord’s discipline is love.  His staff, with the hook at the end, saves us from ourselves and brings us back from our wonderings.
“I fear no evil, for You are with me
You set this table before my enemies
And You anoint me – You overflow my cup
And they will follow me, Your goodness and Your love.
Your rod and Your staff are a strange mercy

— 7 —     Saint Gregory Nazianzen (330-390), Bishop and Doctor of the Church: Set on Rock quote:

One evening I was walking beside the sea; as Scripture says: “The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing” (Jn 6,18). The waves rose up at a distance and crashed onto the shore, smashing against the rocks, breaking and changing into spume and spray. Small stones, seaweed and the lightest of shells were carried by the water and thrown onto the shore, but the rocks stood as firm and unyielding as though all were calm, even in the midst of those waves that had just struck them…

I drew a lesson from that sight. Wasn’t that sea like our life and the human condition? There, too, is to be found much bitterness and instability. And aren’t the winds the temptations that assail us and all the unforeseen blows of life? This is what I think David was thinking about when he exclaimed: “Save me, O God, for the waters threaten my life! Snatch me from the waters of the deep! I have reached the watery depths and the flood overwhelms me” (Ps 68:2).

Amongst those who are put to the test there are some who seem to me to be like those light, lifeless objects that allow themselves to be carried away without offering the slightest resistance. There is no stability in them; they don’t have the counterbalance of a wise mind that struggles against assaults. Others seem to me to be like rocks who are worthy of that Rock on whom we are set and whom we worship. Molded by the reasoning of true wisdom, these rise above their common weakness and bear everything with unshakeable constancy.

God love and bless you!

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