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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 10)

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Special intention list for the weekend:
For those who suffer from allergies of all kinds… may your hay fever never be confused as a cold so no one will shake hands with you during the sign of peace. šŸ™‚

For marriage and the sanctity of life in the United States

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We had a big discussion at work today about how to make my job just the tiniest bit less stressful.
I hope some things change here.

When we’re putting together the paper on Tuesdays, I get so frustrated because I am doing everything.
Our managing editor lays out the pages. After he prints them, I read them (one of three reads). After they get three reads, I “send” them over for production. After I send them, I post EVERY article online with EVERY photo.

It’s a lot of work.
It’s a lot of stuff passing over my desk going in eight million directions at once.

Add on to that I got hit with hay fever hard this week and I still write some of my articles on Tuesday mornings.

This next week, I’ll have someone else shadowing me to see how the online stuff works and then she’ll be taking over that part.
That, I hope, will relieve some of the stress and frustration.

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It’s been raining since Monday morning.
I’m glad because we had drought conditions all last year and we really didn’t get that much snow, though it seemed like we did.
This rain is a big catch up for our farms and fields and trees. Which is great.

But it’s rainy and cold and wet and not sunny.
I feel like I’m in a Dr. Seuss book.

I wanted to wear a skirt this week. Not happening. I can only hope that I’ll see the sun again someday….

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Hopefully while I’m in Arizona next week!

Yay, I can’t wait to go. Arizona. Imagine.
I’ve never been. It’ll be good.

We’re also heading to San Diego, so I’ll see that as well.
Grand Canyon. Star gazing. All of it.

We’re flying. It’s kind of a trip from Wisconsin out there.

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I was in adoration yesterday, talking to my guardian angel.
I feel like the more I talk to him/her, the more it feels right to do so.

I hope he/she’s listening.
Otherwise that would just be weird šŸ˜‰

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I have this weekend off and I plan to do nothing except a little warm weather shopping for the Arizona trip and some cooking.

I made cookie bars on Wednesday because I wanted something sweet for my hay fever. I burnt them.
Not too badly, but enough that I didn’t eat the whole pan at once.

Which, in the end, is a good thing.

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I used to iron my sheets. Have you ever done that?
It’s nice to have the edges all smoothed out. Crisp.
I plan to do that when I change the sheets this weekend.

I have a few shirts that need a hot iron, too.

I never used to iron my clothes. I didn’t care.
Now, I care. And I don’t really like wearing jeans to work. I like dressing up.

I like doing my hair nicely and sometimes wearing make up (which I’ll do again when it stops raining).
I read a blog post somewhere some time that us girls, we can do that. We can look nice.
We can look nice and still be modest.

We don’t have to be super frilly or bouncy to be beautiful, and we don’t have to be sloppy to be modest.
There is a point where those two meet.
It’s not a Victoria’s Secret, I know that.

We can have nice, pretty things, but we don’t need to show off to be beautiful.
I guess that’s what I’m trying to say.
We can feel good about ourselves without being showy.

God bless.

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Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 9)

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Special intention list for the weekend:
For my mom’s continued recovery from a recent stay in the hospital and investigative surgery
For marriage in general, for everyone’s marriage in particular

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I’m at a journalism conference today. Just a one-day ethics conference on … ethics in journalism. I’m excited to see other professionals and hear what the panelists have to say.

Sometimes, I think I get into my job, that I don’t look at the bigger picture. I hope today helps that a little.
I also can’t wait to bring everything back to work on Monday and share with my coworkers. That’ll be the best part, to discuss with them what went on.

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Easter was fabulous, wasn’t it? I was just.. full of joy. Beautiful. I love seeing the church packed (even though I get distracted!), I love seeing the usher ask people to move into the rows further. Quit sitting at the ends and leaving empty seats! You know how this works.

I had brunch with my family. That was nice. Then I spent the rest of the day relaxing, enjoying. It was beautiful outside, too.

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We had elections on Tuesday… so I was up at 6 a.m. for a meeting with some parents about a school issue, then I was in the office until midnight finalizing our paper. That was pretty crazy.

My sleep is still off. I’m hoping to make it up this afternoon. We’ll see.

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I got a flyer for Relevant Radio.
I donate frequently. Not a lot of money, but frequently. When I see I have some extra money, I try to send it out. Or to Life Site News. Or some other Catholic media company.
Or even the animal shelter I drive by sometimes.

Anyway, I am thinking about becoming a dollar-a-day donor.
I was looking at how much I gave over the past two years. It wasn’t a lot, and not up to $365, but I think I could do it.
I could pay quarterly, or monthly even. That would be an OK deal. I think I could handle it.
I’m kind of nervous to make the commitment, though I know it would be a good thing.

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I haven’t cooked anything in a while.
Well, I made some eggs and sausage this morning. It was good.
I did the same yesterday.
But I haven’t got my hands dirty making something that I needed to follow a recipe for (however loosely I choose to follow it).
I miss it. And it hasn’t even been that long! Maybe a week!
I’ll get back to it next week.

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Also, I haven’t made espresso in a while. I kind of just don’t want to do the work.
I know, lazy.
Also, I didn’t have any syrup for the coffee… so, it just kind of fell away.

God bless.

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March reading list

Here’s the day-late list of what I read in March, online and in 3-D.

I will not admit toĀ notĀ scanning some of these articles.

And Ā I know there is more, too. I added the books I read at the end.
God bless.

Pro-life:
Crossing the Most Dangerous Line: How some bioethicists undermine human value:Ā http://www.apologeticalliance.com/blog/2013/03/03/bioethics-human-value/

Amazed by Wonder:
http://ryandunssj.blogspot.com/2013/03/amazed-by-wonder.html

In Francis, the Catholic Church has a Pope for life:
https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/13d69d49e5ae4d42

Discernment:
If Atheists Exist, God Does Not?:
http://www.apologeticalliance.com/blog/2013/03/02/if-atheists-exist-god-does-not/

Hearing God’s Voice:
http://www.ignitumtoday.com/2013/03/25/hearing-gods-voice-a-guide-to-prayer-and-discernment/

Cleaning up the engine room:
http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2013/04/cleaning-up-the-engine-room

Pluralism, tolerance and the Gospel:
http://www.apologeticalliance.com/blog/2013/03/01/pluralism-tolerance-and-the-gospel/

Church fathers/encyclicals/etc.:
Sermon 21:
http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/360321.htm

Christifideles Laici:
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_jp-ii_exh_30121988_christifideles-laici_en.html

Summi Pontificatus:
http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_pi12sp.htm

Liberatas:
http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_le13li.htm

Laborem Exercens:
http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_jp02le.htm

Hamanum Genus:
http://www.newadvent.org/library/docs_le13hg.htm

Religious books:
Theology of the Body for Beginners – Christopher West
Heaven’s Song – Christopher West (still in the process of finishing this)

Non-religious books:
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared – Jonas Jonasson (this book was so fun to read)

Soon, my boyfriend and I are starting a “mini book club” with The Lord of the Flies.

We’ll see how that goes.

He doesn’t read as much as I do, so I might get ahead of him.

Process on researching and writing about women in the church is going well.

I have broadened it a lot, and I think I may try to publish it as a work of non-fiction.

I think that might be my sticking point in trying to submit to all these competitions. I just can’t get myself to sit down and write fiction, though reading and writing about women in the church is amazing. I could do it all day (and I do!).

Dream a little dream

I’ve had two dreams about dying the past two nights.

It’s absolutely frightening, especially because I am “living in sin” and though I practiceĀ mostĀ tenets of the faith, I don’t practice them all.
Jesus is either Lord of everything or Lord of nothing.
Right now, it makes me cry, but he is not Lord of my everything.
On Tuesday night, I dreamed that I was in a car accident, that no one was there. Or that someone was there and he wouldn’t call a priest. I couldn’t convey on him the importance of me having a priest. I couldn’t beg him to say any prayers over me.
I died.
I woke up.
Last night, I dreamed there were two semis. They hit. Crashed.
(This was in a paper I read online, so I know where I got the image.)
I was in the flames. Again, there was no one or there was no one that would help me.
I can contemplate what these dreams mean, it’s not difficult to figure out.
I pray before I Ā go to bed. I ask Jesus for mercy, for strength, for patience with me.
My own conscious is telling me that the Lord, while he is merciful and kind, is jealous. Our God is a jealous god.
We shall have no other gods before him, and when we do (when I do, right now), he is angry.
I don’t know if my dreams are divinely inspired or just my own self telling me I need to change.
It doesn’t matter.
I know what I need to do. I’ve known itĀ for years.
But… IĀ can’tĀ won’t. I won’t change my ways because I am weak. Because I don’t think Jesus’ love is enough for me, though I KNOW that it is.
He died on the cross for me. He rose for me.
I’m at work writing this, thinking about my dreams and how I rarely have vivid dreams because I so frequently wake during the night for water or the bathroom or both.
I start to think that these dreams areĀ premonitions. And do I really believe in that?
I don’t know.
I do know that when I’m at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight, I will be praying. Praying and listening.
And not thinking about how I wish people didn’t dressĀ like thatĀ in church. How that old woman reading the bulletin is a bad habit.
I won’t be thinking those things, like I usually do.
I will just be praying that Jesus can wait.
AH. No. I will be praying that I can change, and fast. That I can stop, and learn deep in my heart what I know in my head: Jesus is enough. He’s everything.
I can type it. I can think it. I can read it. I can hear it. A million times.
And still, the same sins hit me like a shovel.
God bless.

CCC 2497

By the very nature of their profession, journalists have an obligation to serve the truth and not offend against charity in disseminating information. They should strive to respect, with equal care, the nature of the facts and the limits of critical judgment concerning individuals. They should not stoop to defamation.”

 

I found that the other day when I was perusing through the Catechism.

Interesting that it’s in there. I wonder how many other profession are explicitly stated like that.

And was even more surprised that there is a social media section in the Catechism.

 

Happy Holy Week, all. I will not be posting more for a little bit.

See you in April!

 

God Bless