Friday, December 17, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday, Volume 8

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Thank you all for bearing with me on the whiny and woe is me posts. I beg of you to pray for my family again, especially for my grandfather. He is not in good shape, so if you could pray for his peace with the Holy Trinity, I would appreciate it.

From Flickr, Stlyouth
I listened to Patrick Madrid's Open Line radio show this week! One caller asked why we ask non-Catholics not to receive the Eucharist at Catholic Mass.

I have always wondered; I know Protestants see the consecrated host as a symbol, even though they're standing in a room full of Catholics who know it to have gone through transubstantiation. If they're going to think it's a symbol anyway, then they've missed the point to begin with. Mr. Madrid, as he has on so many occasions before, answered my question: 1 Corinthians 11:23-34.

"Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself." -1 Corinthians 27-19

This is cheating, but I'm tagging back to an earlier post I had this week about boys and girls. It goes out to teenage and college aged students, especially.

My work had its office "Holiday Open House" this week, which was a lot of fun! I haven't gotten to see my co-workers in months (virtual office), so it was wonderful to see them again! It reminded me how fortunate I am work with such good, fun, honest people. I have the best boss in the world and a super support system of co-workers.

Prayers go out to one co-worker who is moving on to do mission work! See, I told you I work with good people.

Visit Billy Atwell's site for an interesting look at conspiracy theories about the Catholic Church and his hope for a new movie coming out, "The Rite." This is one impressive Catholic blogger and speaker. If you're wavering in your faith or you can appreciate a good testimony, he has some videos posted here.

Last week I said I wanted to see a concert soon and tomorrow I make that dream come true! If anyone is in RVA, Carbon Leaf is playing at the National. Those of you who are not Richmonders, check them out. They are irishy, rocky, and folky.

We are quickly approaching the darkest day of the year. This means we're quickly approaching the time of the year when the days get longer and longer. One cannot notice the light without the darkness. I'll expand on that next week, but here's a preview: "Thanks to the human heart by which we live,/Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears,/To me the meanest flower that blows can give/Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears."


Nichole@40daysof said...

So, I'm wondering about number 3. I went back and read that post. And i found it very interesting and didn't disagree. My concern is this: Do you think you can be friends with men? My little sister is always trying to be friends with men even when they clearly have other thoughts in mind. So, I have encouraged her not to do that. But maybe I have been wrong. I guess I should have stated it another way. She is obviously friends with the husbands and boyfriends of her friends and with men she works with. But what is your advice about men who are "friends", but really waiting in the wings?

Elizabeth said...

Excellent question! I think you can be friends with men for one big reason: women control how far a relationship will go. I have asked out my fair share of guys, but I've decided to stop doing that. If they have to ask you out, you can say no (or yes), or you can make it clear that this is a purely platonic relationship before they ask you out.

I don't buy the When Harry Met Sally angle -- their take was that men and women will always be sexually attracted to each other. Perhaps that's true, even in chaste, platonic relationships (like mine--not only does TOB make sense, it also keeps things simple), but at least there's no actual physical roadblocks.

Long answer is above. Short answer is: yes, I prefer male friends. Maybe I'm naive.

Elizabeth said...

More importantly, what's better than getting to know someone without expectations?

Nichole@40daysof said...

I guess I was concerned that she was leading them on. There is also another angle - we know someone who only wanted to be friends with guys in order to get to know them and did not want them to ever speak to her about the possibility of more. Even though she was called to marriage (and is now). It could be that an attitude like that can force guys to be sneaky and dishonest about their intentions, which is not a good thing. But also not what you are talking about (I think).

I would agree with you that men can sometimes be easier to be around. And many times to work for (in my experience). The only naive part might be: how does this translate once you are married? I know I wouldn't want my husband to have close female friends. And I'm fairly certain he would not be comfortable with me having close male friends. Such an interesting topic!

Elizabeth said...

It IS an interesting topic! I'd love to see some men weigh in on this.

You're right, leading people on is wrong. I guess I'm concentrating on the idea that it's easiest to keep a clear head by approaching a relationship as friends first and then entertain the idea of something more. I pray God makes it clear!

Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith said...

Carbon Leaf sounds interesting, I am going to their websiteto check them out.

Elizabeth said...

They're a fun mix, Mary. The starter song is Life Less Ordinary. :D

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

I once heard someone say (maybe my priest?) that non-Catholics shouldn't even want to take communion in a Catholic Church, since they're not Catholic. If they feel bad that they can't, then are they wishing they were Catholic? You know - if they don't want to be Catholic, then why should they want to take the Communion. He said that likewise with Catholics in non-Catholic Churches. It was an interesting way for me to look at it.

Billy Atwell said...

Hey Elizabeth, thanks a ton for the plug! I really appreciate it. I recently discovered your blog and really enjoy what you have to say. I look forward to reading more.

Merry Christmas!

Elizabeth said...

I like that suggestion, Angie! That's a good way to put it!

Thanks, Billy! Back at you!

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