Friday, October 21, 2011
Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 8)
1. My wife won't shut up about knitting socks. (She said to write that. Really.) She's knitting socks for my brother-in-law (Christmas) and they look really nice. She says its..."fair isle" knitting? I don't know what that means, but apparently she's never done it before and is very excited.
2. Eddie said his first word yesterday: "Da Da." My wife is trying to convince me he isn't really saying anything (just noises), but I'm not buying it. I said "Da Da?" and he responded "Da Da". Done deal. He's also really getting into imitation. We're having a lot of fun asking him questions and getting him to shake his head "no." Maybe too much fun...
3. I had an important lesson about quality and quantity the other day. I had been preparing for a "Minute to Win It" youth group night for the middle school kids and only a handful actually came. I was a little annoyed, but decided to make the best of it. The kids seemed to really have a wonderful night, though, and I think they got a lot from it. At the end of the night, we went into the church (completely dark except for candles) and thanked God for everything He'd done for us. When I finished leading the prayer, I expected the kids to get up and start heading for the door, but they stayed and silently kept vigil with the Lord. After a few minutes I excused myself to clean up and the kids chose, on their own, to stay a little while longer in the front of the tabernacle in silent prayer. How wonderful!
4. I am still far from excited about my presidential options. I think my pastor hit it on the nose. He told me he sat down to watch some t.v. the other day and really needed a comedy. He was pleasantly surprised when he saw that Saturday Night Live was on and decided to watch their presidential debate parody. After a few minutes, he realized it was the actual debate! That about sums up my feelings too. Obama obviously needs to be out. He is the most radically anti-life, anti-religious liberty president we've ever had, but that doesn't mean his competition is that great either.
5. Speaking of anti-liberty policies, this hermit cannot accept donations. We are coming into a time of greater persecution. I don't know how the health care mandates forcing Catholics to go against their conscience will work out, but I know it is only the tip of the iceberg. The solution? Pray for our leaders. Radically live the gospel. History has shown us that the Church generally benefits from such things. My view? The more pressure that is applied, the more Christian denominations will grow closer together and become stronger for it.
6. Off to work in a moment. I am going to try to create some events for catechists to continue their own religious education and get some time apart from the kids. I think we'll have the youth group provide child care and cater a decent dinner. I'll have to check the budget.
7. I am actually up early enough to where I think this could be first (or very close) on the Conversion Diary list. Wow.
UPDATE: Per number seven, how early are you people getting up? Goodness.