7 Quick Takes Friday

** 1 **

Atticus’ sister is coming to visit from Phoenix this weekend. We’re going to have dinner with her and his parents tonight at my favorite pizza place ever! YES! They make the most wonderful pizza with stoplight peppers, avocado, and goat cheese. 🙂

** 2 **

Since the liturgical year is drawing to a close, I am starting to think about what my devotional plan for next year is going to be. I will be praying about it for the next few weeks, but here are some of the things I am considering:

– morning and evening prayer following the liturgy of the hours

– ten week apologetics bible study that a friend gave me the materials for

– daily decade of the rosary

– gratitude journal for all of advent

Does anyone else have specific devotional/prayer plans for the new liturgical year? I’d love to hear your ideas!

** 3 **

I found this article on mercatornet.com; it’s written by Britain’s chief Rabbi. The focus of the article is that Europeans are too selfish to have children. He compares modern-day Europe with 3rd century BC Greece, who refused to have more than 1 – 2 children. They died out pretty shortly thereafter. It’s a really interesting article, check it out!

** 4 **

I LOVE Matt Maher. He is one of the few popular Catholic worship singers, and he is wonderful. His new album, Alive Again, is really very good. The title track, Alive Again, is based in part on the Confessions of St. Augustine. Give it a listen!

** 5 **

Inspired by Jess’ wonderful post about the Harry Potter series, I have decided to re-read the whole series through at one time, then record my thoughts about it as a whole. I have just finished book 1, Harry Potter and the Socerer’s Stone. The passages that stood out to me were:

“Your mother died to save you. If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn’t realize that love as powerful as your mother’s love for you leaves a powerful mark. Not a scar, no visible sign…to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. Full of hatred, greed, and ambition, sharing his soul with Voldemort, could not touch you…It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good.” (pg. 299)


“You know, the stone was really not such a wonderful thing. As much life and money as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all — the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.” (pg. 297)

And now, on to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

** 6 **

I have submitted my final paper/thesis! Now my advisor will read it and send it back to me with comments and for some changes. All in all the project will be done by December 15!

This is how I feel:

** 7 **

God Bless and have a great weekend!

6 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes Friday

  1. I need to re read Harry Potter all in a row. I love those passages you quoted! I read the first one when I was 23…I think I might enjoy seeing how the books read to me now…16 years later.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. 2. Oh, thanks for the inspiration! I don’t have any suggestions because I have not really given it any thought. I’m still trying (and mostly failing) to say the Rosary daily. But I’m trying to persevere!

    3. That sounds GREAT – I can’t wait to read it!

    4. Thanks for the tip. I’ve been wanting to listen to Catholic praise music, but don’t really know much about it or even where to find it.

    5. CONGRATULATIONS!!! You’ll be done in a MONTH! Yay!

  3. Congrats on submitting your final paper/thesis!

    I don’t have devotional suggestions for the new year (I like your ideas) but I have been thinking a lot about what I should do for Advent. I really want to work harder to make it a time of anticipation. I hope that the preparation of Advent will help me know what I should focus on for the start of the new year.

  4. Hmmm, reread Harry Potter (again!) – you may have twisted my arm.

    Have you listened to the audio books? Jim Dale is AMAZING! I love listening to books I’ve already read, so great.

    You’ve given me something to think about with starting devotions with the liturgical year…I’m thinking starting simple since I’ve not been good about it before by just reading the daily readings….

  5. Congratulations on #6, that’s huge. Good for you!
    No suggestions for devotional plans, but like your list and think you are off to a great start.

    Enjoy your pizza and have a wonderful weekend.

  6. #2) I don’t really know for sure. I haven’t thought about it, but thanks for bringing it up! I would like to start to do more liturgy of the hours. Maybe at least morning prayer.

    #3) Great article! I don’t know why this is so hard for people in general to see. I guess it’s because they find it incomprehensible to remove contraception and abortion from our daily lives… Those do present two very large blinders!

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