7 Quick Takes Friday (set #17)

7 Quick Takes Friday

Some random thoughts or bits of information are worthy of sharing but don’t warrant their own full post. This idea was started by Jennifer Fulwiler at Conversion Diary to address this blogging need. So, some Fridays I too participate when I have accumulated 7 worthy items. Without further ado:

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One thing that makes Catholicism seem “weird” to many is our veneration (not worship!) of Mary. When Bible verses are taken in context, when they are read with an understanding of Sacred Scripture in its entirety, and when consideration is given to the original intended audience…   Mary’s soul truly glorifies Our Lord. (I recommend watching this video “full screen” – click the icon with 4 arrows on the lower right.)

I first saw this on Jen’s blog in October. There are a lot of good follow-up comments on it there.

— 2 —

Marcel (Aggie Catholics) highlighted this from our Holy Father’s recent speech to young people in America:

What purpose has a “freedom” which, in disregarding truth, pursues what is false or wrong? How many young people have been offered a hand which in the name of freedom or experience has led them to addiction, to moral or intellectual confusion, to hurt, to a loss of self-respect, even to despair and so tragically and sadly to the taking of their own life? Dear friends, truth is not an imposition. Nor is it simply a set of rules. It is a discovery of the One who never fails us; the One whom we can always trust. In seeking truth we come to live by belief because ultimately truth is a person: Jesus Christ. That is why authentic freedom is not an opting out. It is an opting in; nothing less than letting go of self and allowing oneself to be drawn into Christ’s very being for others.

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T-Mobile has been doing a series of “flash mob” style ads in the UK. I am not sure what to make of them, but they sure are interesting. For example:

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Parents, are you raising a large family? If so, you should be ashamed of yourselves for the strain your kids place upon society and the environment. You are guilty of littering, says Rutgers University Professor Helen Fisher, of the Center for Human Evolution Studies.

People, not children of God but litter. This is the thinking of the enlightened left. Pat Archbold covers this story over at the National Catholic Register, including a video from CNN (a/k/a Communist News Network).

— 5 —

Simply too cute (and a counterpoint to #4) not to include:

Kissing Baby

— 6 —

Kristy at dreams waking up uncovered this gem:

Your bid — for God or no God, for a good God or the Cosmic Sadist, for eternal life or nonentity – will not be serious if nothing much is staked on it. And you will never discover how serious it was until the stakes are raised horribly high.

C. S. Lewis

— 7 —

Quote of the week:

Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.


  1. That picture made me laugh out loud!

    I LOVE those flashmobs! The camera captures non-flashmob-ers looking around questioning, but smiling. We really bond as brothers and sisters when people share their talent like that and break up the routine!

  2. Love the flashmobs! For some reason I can't imagine Americans reacting quite as cool as the Europeans, who were very open to joining in in many cases.

    The photo of the baby with the super squooshy cheeks is adorable!

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