My Very First 7 Quick Takes #7QT


Today, I am ridiculously excited to roll out my very first 7 Quick Takes! Seems like a fitting way to end my first official week of blogging here at OeLeM. And thus, without further ado…

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In a nod to my #7QT host blog, Conversion Diary, I recommend that you get your hot little hands on a copy of Jennifer Fulwiler’s memoir Something Other Than God. It’s a quick read. I laughed, I cried — I couldn’t put it down, then proceeded to buy two more copies to send to friends. (Also, watch the video in that link. You won’t regret it.)

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Last weekend, I was blessed to be able to attend the Fullness of Truth conference held at our home parish of St. John Vianney here in Houston. The topic was the New Evangelization, and how we as Catholics have a duty to evangelize not only those who have never heard of Christ, but specifically to those who have heard of Christ but do not yet truly know Him. It was my first time to hear each of the three presenters speak, and I was inspired by the talks from Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Michael Barber, and Dr. John Bergsma. The talks for the weekend aren’t uploaded to the Fullness of Truth site for purchase yet, but they should be soon.

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Fortnight for Freedom graphicJune 21st marks the beginning of the Third Annual Fortnight for Freedom, led by the United States Conference of Catholic bishops. According to the website, “The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.” Check out their website for ideas to celebrate, discuss, and pray for religious freedom in the United States. What is your parish, or family, doing to observe the Fortnight?

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I visited London for the first time recently, and one of the things I fell in love with over there was a little eatery called Pret-A-Manger. It’s a Subway-meets-Panera-meets-Starbucks kind of joint, and they are all over London. They have many different varieties of deliciousness crammed into their cafes, but my favorite takeaway was a yummy beverage called “Yoga Bunny Detox.” No, I’m not kidding:

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Oh, to have a Yoga Bunny Detox and a Salmon and Dill Mustard wrap right now…alas, the closest location to this girl is in Chicago. That’s a bit far from the Texas coast, y’all!

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My daughter Elizabeth makes her First Communion next spring, and I am already getting excited! I’ve started a whole Pinterest board devoted to possibilities for the dress. I would love to do something that incorporates my wedding dress, but it’s satin, and I had more of a cottony look in mind. Maybe something with smocking? Anyway, the big day is still a way off, but we’ve already started reviewing her Catechism questions. She has eagerly been explaining to anyone who will listen that she is going to be able to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus “in just a few more months!” Seeing her so happy at the mere thought of receiving Our Lord is such a joy to me.

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Happy feast of St. Anthony of Padua! St. Anthony is the patron my husband chose for his very own when he was Baptized and Confirmed last year. We celebrate feast days of our patrons in a big way around here — almost as big as our birthday celebrations! This often means that, just like a birthday, I’m up at the crack of dawn baking or cooking a special breakfast for everyone before I leave for work. It’s important to us that we impress upon our children that the Saints in Heaven are our friends and our intercessors, and to make their presence tangible for the kids. We started this morning off with Pain Perdue, or “Lost Bread,” which is a fancy way of saying “french toast.” The bread is considered “lost” because french toast is traditionally made with stale, or “lost” bread that would otherwise be thrown out. This breakfast is the perfect start to the day set aside to honor the patron saint of lost souls and lost articles! We will also have some goldfish later as a snack, in recognition of St. Anthony’s sermon to the fish, and then Daddy gets to choose what’s for supper. If there’s time, we will also attempt to pot some basil plants, another tradition associated with the feast day. And just before bed, we will curl up for some of Fr. Lovasik’s great storytelling as we learn about this great saint!

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As I mentioned in my Intro post, I am a huge fan of the Divine Mercy devotion. I particularly like to pray the chaplet during the Hour of Mercy at 3pm every day, but this is not always feasible in the workplace. There are meetings, conference calls, and other types of distractions that keep me from faithfully keeping this devotion during the workweek. Often, I don’t even realize it’s so late in the afternoon already. So, what to do? For now I set an appointment on my calendar, which is synced to my phone and desktop, that reminds me at 3:00 to focus on the Mercy of Christ for one minute. This can consist of something as simple as repeating to myself, “Jesus, I trust in You,” or, “For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” I also try to focus on the small Divine Mercy holy card that I have taped near my desk. One minute isn’t much, but it’s better than forgetting altogether or rushing through the devotion just to get back to work faster. I’d love to hear your ideas on how to observe certain prayer times (Divine Mercy hour, the Angelus, Liturgy of the Hours) in the chaos of your day!

Thanks for a great first week of blogging — have a wonderful and safe weekend!

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6 thoughts on “My Very First 7 Quick Takes #7QT

  1. I live down in League City, but my Goddaugther was Baptized at St. John Vianney’s. So many great things are going on at that parish! I am glad that you enjoyed the conference with Dr. Hahn.

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  2. Go you on your first 7QT post. Today was mine, too! I’ve always wanted to link-up, but never got around to it.
    I’ve gotta get into this feast day stuff with our family. Ugh, Catholic mom fail? What do you do? Do you have a Pinterest board for that stuff?
    Catch you next week!

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    • Heather, thanks for stopping by! Congrats on your post, I love it 🙂 You’re not failing! Someone once said, “Beginning is half done.” So just jump in somewhere and start. God will bless your efforts, no matter how small! I love the Catholic Cuisine blog (linked in my intro post) because it is chock full of great ideas and recipes for bringing feast days alive. If we are having a hectic week, I try to pick just one activity or food – to keep it real. If I find myself with more time, like I did this week, I go a little more in-depth. The important thing is that you do something, even if it’s just sprinkles in their yogurt.

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  3. Enjoyed your 1st quick takes entry. We have much in common – I also work outside of our home (I’m a teacher, so it’s pretty family friendly). Our diocese and our parish are doing special Masses and 24 hours of adoration soley for the intentions of the Fortnight For Freedom starting the week of the 21st. Very important!! God Bless
    Lynn

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    • Welcome to the blog, Lynn, and thanks for the comment! My hope is to make connections amongst moms like ourselves who struggle to find not to fit faith into our lives, but to encapsule our lives into our faith! I am so excited to hear that your parish and diocese are actively participating in the Fortnight! So important, indeed. Sometimes we feel so helpless, when we hold the weapons close at hand -prayer, especially the Rosary ♥

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