7 Quick Takes Friday (set #138)

7 Quick Takes Friday

This week: Denzel Washington offers surprisingly good advice to young actors. Chris Stefanick has a new video on Korean war hero Fr. Kapaun. A Google map on where the Apostles died. A toddler falls off a second story ledge. A blunt sermon on the worship of false idols. The story of two close friends, their separation and reunion. Gaslighting has been refined to an art form by some politicos – Bill Whittle takes a look.

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A rich Hollywood actor gets on a soapbox to influence young actors. We don’t expect anything of value and certainly no mention of God. That would just seem so unenlightened and politically incorrect. What a surprise then to here this from Denzel Washington:

Spotted by Matthew Archbold

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Chris Stefanick has a new video on Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun, a hero of the Korean war and Medal of Honor recipient (posthumously). This is a truly inspiring story:

Spotted by Russ Rentler

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Where did the Apostles die? Blogger Catholicgauze has put together this Google map. Blue markers are generally accepted locations, yellow ones indicate some dispute. Click on the marker for details (or click here for a large, annotated map):

Spotted by Marcel

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A 1 year-old baby in Xiaolan (southern China) fell from a 2nd story window while looking for his mother during a thunderstorm. This is what happened:

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Video Sancto creates video versions of the faithful, orthodox sermons published by Audio Sancto. This one addresses (in essence) false idols, a topic I write about often. Fair warning, it is not politically correct, but is the unvarnished truth:

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Two friends spend a lifetime together, struggling through neglect and abuse. The authorities rescue them but they are separated into new homes. Missing his friend and companion so much, one goes on a hunger strike for 6 days. This is their story:

More details and background are here. Spotted by by my friend Tom.

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Bill Whittle talks about the technique known as gaslighting. At its essence, it amounts to rewriting history and trying to get people to doubt their recollections by repeating the revisionist version over and over. It is an interesting technique and used increasingly in politics.

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. Thank you for making my day. I am going to bookmark this site for my 15 year old son. Please pray for him.

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