7 Quick Takes Friday (set #80)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: Scott Hahn’s awesome video on the New Evangelization (and our faith in general). Father Barron addresses extreme secularism as illustrated by a Chicago Sun-Times columnist. A proposed documentary on same sex attraction and genuine Church teaching. An amazing image from hurricane Sandy. Another 90 second creation story. A recent surprise for one military family. Miracle invention – The Popinator (as in “popcorn”, not “pope”).

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Scott Hahn speaks here about the New Evangelization, but it is sooooo much more than that! He beautifully presents our faith, covering a lot of ground, in just a few minutes. I was expecting this to be interesting, but it is awesome.

Spotted by Marcel

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Father Barron is unimpressed with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberger’s uninformed, anti-religious, secular mind. “I think what we ought to do, we religious people, is engage in a kind of non-violent resistance to this very violent, very aggressive move. We should” …   “bring religious language very much into the public conversation.”

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How do we reach the masses (and for that matter, many Catholics) with genuine Church teaching? Projects like this. I donated (via this link).

Spotted by Fr. Z

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Only hurricane Sandy’s outer bands swept over NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. A thin haze of ice crystals in cirrus clouds produced an interesting natural phenomenon:

NASA Luminous Arcs

We will see in it what we will. Some see a mouth receiving the Blessed Sacrament. Thanks to Elizabeth Scalia for spotting it.

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Another creation in 90 seconds video:

Spotted by Father Zuhlsdorf

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The sound quality of the following video is horrible. Fortunately, you will not need it…

Spotted by Matthew Archbold

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Your hands are full, but you need a piece of popcorn. How can technology solve this problem?

(Don’t rush out to buy one – they don’t really exist.)

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. Thank you Jen for hosting this project!


  1. Very much crying for the surprise military reunion. What is with the upside down cross in the heart on the “electrical engineer” in the popinator video? I couldn’t make out the text on the shirt but pretty sure it was anti-Christ type stuff.

    • I had not noticed, but looking more closely now I see that it is for the indie band “I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness”. While that looks and sounds suspicious, it appears to be more of a indie genre thing than anything else. Nothing on their fan pages, discussions or lyrics is actually anti-Christ as far as I can tell. See here and here.

  2. Great QT’s. Really inspired by the first two videos! Now off to see if I can find a popinator… I’ll be back.

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