Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 4)

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1 John 1:1-5.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

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On Tuesday, we talked a lot about the Pope’s resignation at work. I admit that I don’t know the rules and Canon that regulates how this happens. It’s never happened before in my lifetime… or for 600 years.
I didn’t even know the rule about the College of Cardinals and not being able to vote after age 85. Interesting.
That morning, I heard Archbishop Jereme Listecki say that a pope relates to the community around him. So, Blessed John Paul II was fighting for the dignity of all life, regardless of age. It was important for him to show that the elderly, the sick are valuable. It was insightful to hear that in the morning. Life matters at every stage.
Pope Benedict XVI, then, is showing that as a leader, it’s OK to know when you can’t do it anymore. It’s OK to follow the Lord’s will.
Well, that’s all speculation, but it sounds good.

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I’m not a member of the NRA, but I love them and what they stand for. I love that they’re a group fighting for our rights, fighting for the Constitution, just like I love pro-life groups that fight for the right to life for all.
I don’t know that I ever will be a member, but I really don’t like when people generalize about the group. It’d be like generalizing about everyone in the military (that they’re dumb) or everyone in the media (that they’re left-y). Both not true. And you can’t generalize about a group as large as the NRA either.

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I’ve been watching a documentary on Henry Ford in bits and pieces over the past few weeks.
He’d been a kind of hero fro me, but I’m starting to see that people shouldn’t be held on such high pedestals. Especially when we hardly know much about them. It was the myth of Ford that I loved, the idea of him, not really his life and history.
That’s not to down play the good things he did, but he was not a perfect man. None of us are.

— 5 —

This Lent, coinciding with the Year of Faith, is making me miss Young Adult groups and Catechism studies. Before I moved for this (wonderful) job, I met with my parish’s young adult minister probably twice a week. Sometimes more. Bible study, Cathechism study, talking, coffee.
My parish here has a bible study… on Tuesday nights. That day is so hard for me to get to because of work priorities. It’s our production day, and I just haven’t been able to drag myself to the study after a long day of work. However, my coworkers and I are streamlining the day better, so I hope to convince myself to go soon.

— 6 —

I already have 50 cents in my rice bowl. And my list of complaints is going to be very revealing at the end of Lent.

— 7 —

Did you watch the State of the Union address? I did… a little. I was also trolling Twitter during it and not drinking. That’s all. I went to bed when it was over, so I missed Sen. Rubio’s speech, but I heard about that, too.
Sometimes I wish local politics were as exciting as national politics. I didn’t even watch the State of the State address (though it’s recorded still on my DVR), and I don’t even know who my mayor is! I do know my governor (Scott K. Walker and Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch) and I’ve spoken to Kleefisch three times… the most recent time she told me she loved me ha.
God bless.

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