Friday, March 18, 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday, Volume 20

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God bless those of you who called the Canadian hospital that was planning to bulldoze and take out Baby Joseph's breathing tube. They released him and Fr. Frank Pavone accompanied him and his father to St. Louis' Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The Catholic hospital is going to take care of Baby Joseph, no matter how long his life is.

If the bulldozing which the Canadian hospitals almost pulled off is any indication of what we have to look forward to with national healthcare (and after the last year I've spent around hospitals, I think it is), it's time to start praying hard.

The Bright Maidens are once again humbled by your response to our series! Keep an eye out because next Tuesday's topic is dating... it should get interesting. I will also publish my review for How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul within a week!

Look to the right (in my sidebar) and LIKE us on Facebook! Julie, Trista, and I thank you!

Consider donating to Caritas Japan. The bishops in Japan have launched an emergency appeal to fund the work needed in the aftermath of the horrible earthquake and tsunami events. I know I don't like donating to organizations when I don't know what kind of work my money is supporting.

Persuasion. This has been my favorite Jane Austen novels (whoops, just lost all the men reading this. Bye, guys!) for years.

It was the last Austen novel I devoured (because how else do you read an Austen novel? These are the original McDreamys) and I've read it twice since then. I realized why I love it so much:

A) I am Anne, especially her faults. Sure, add the blind stubbornness of Elizabeth Bennett to complete the picture, but I am mostly Anne Eliot.

B) It characterizes the kind of commitment to love that the world tells us doesn't exist. Also, we see men with strong reserve for the women they love.

The Crofts have the most amiable and loving relationship of any married couple in the book. Capt. Benwick speaks about a love that would never die and complains that novels illustrate and prove the fickleness of women.
He's hunky, but hunkier in the book.

Anne is quick to point out that those novels are written by men. It's a point that seems to have flipped in this society. We usually hear about the fickleness of men. Maybe we need to start listening to one another more often.

C) Captain Wentworth is a hunk. I mean that in the most respectful and Christ-like way possible....

Thanks for sticking around for that long one. Your reward is 80% off at Ignatius Press.
Cloistered nuns fascinate me. I know our vocations are essentially the result of our life experiences and how we digest them. That's how God says, "Hello? This is what you should be doing. See, I prepared you for it!

I don't own the rights -- these are Christ's brides :)

I have no idea what kind of background a woman would have to lead her to the cloistered nun's life, but I certainly respect it. Kevin has filmed and directed "Cloistered: God's Women of Steel" about a cloister that prays for the world 24/7. Learn more about it here.

This is probably a site built for meditation.... but we can use it for prayer!! When you're at work and you need some time, rather than setting an alarm that is going to mess up your prayer time, try this calming "Do nothing for 2 minutes" site.


vitaconsecrata said...

I tried the calming site, but there was no audio for me. And sitting at the computer for two minutes without moving a mouse is hard!
I really want to watch that movie. I went to that site and it yelled at me because I'm at work and didn't have something-or-other. Boo. I'll have to try to remember to go to it when I'm at home.
I've never read any of Jane Austen's books. That's right...NEVER.
I think I was one of the first few who liked Bright Maidens on facebook. Moments after it was published on twitter, I went over to facebook and liked it. I felt like I was making a difference in the world. :p

Julie Robison said...

"I tried the calming site, but there was no audio for me. And sitting at the computer for two minutes without moving a mouse is hard!" -- is this supposed to be ironic?? :)

AHH TINA YOU MUST READ PERSUASION!! It is my favorite too, not to mention the first one I ever read.

Great post E! Did you hear about the Pope donating $100,000 to Japan?

not a minx, a moron, or a parasite said...

Ah, good, I can't wait to read your review for How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul!

Like Tina, I haven't read Persuasion. Don't hold it against us :D

Elizabeth said...

The only think I will hold against you is a copy of Persuasion. I'm going to open it and hold it against your face until you read it. Both of y'all. Do it.

Elizabeth said...

*thing. Darn. I read stuff, I do.

Calah said...

I, too, love Persuasion, but my fave is Sense and Sensibility. I'm Marianne Dashwood, complete with the dramatic transformation based on traumatic love that brought me nearly to the brink of death. No lie.

And also, my Ogre is Colonel Brandon through and through. So I'm a little more partial to him than Wentworth, although I agree that Wentworth is a hunk.

I've been way behind in blog reading, but I'm bookmarking your series to read this week. I can't wait!

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