Wedding on the brain here, so sorry if there is not a lot of thought or meat to these Quick Takes! Of which there will only be four. Yep, half-baked Quick Takes.
1) Just a week after my last post about the media distortion of Pope Francis' words and just a day after JoAnna Wahlund wrote her excellent piece about journalistic opportunism ("Pope Francis has single-handedly destroyed Catholicism"), the press did it again. They distorted and spun a very long Pope Francis interview, highlighting only the parts that serve their secular agenda. (What? You didn't see any news reports about the Pope's discussion of confession or his criticism of lax priests who denied sin? That was in there, too.)
This Catholic Vote piece is an excellent response for you to link to your facebook pages and email to your Aunt Martha:
Old, Good News
Also, this piece from Dr. Gerard Nadal:
"God is in every person’s life. God is in everyone’s life. Even if the life of a person has been a disaster, even if it is destroyed by vices, drugs or anything else—God is in this person’s life. You can, you must try to seek God in every human life. Although the life of a person is a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”
Trust God, not the media.
2) One of my most poignant real-life experiences with a stranger was reprinted at Catholic Stand this week. Remember my conversation with the air conditioner man who got "fixed"?
A friendly young air conditioner tech came over to check the system at our home.
Small talk led to him asking, “So how many kids do you have, anyway?”
“We have eight.”
Shocked, laughing, “Oh, are you crazy?!”
I was not offended; I could sense a good heart. ”Ha ha, well, two are in college, and so only six are in the house right now.”
Then he went and said it: “We had three, and then I got fixed.”
I didn’t even hesitate, and said with a smile:
“Oh, were you broken?”
Nervous laughter, hesitation. He really was not expecting that….
Read the rest, here.
3) Made me cry!! (Well, I didn't actually cry because I am not a crier, but if I were, I would have been in a puddle!) Sweetest thing ever. Nearly a hundred years old, and his spirit has not aged, nor his undying love for his bride:
4) Please, someone, go save Janna…. She is so precious, and so in need.
From someone who met her at the orphanage:
What touched me the most was every time I would rub her head or hands she looked at me like it was the most soothing thing that had ever happened to her – I will never forget that look. It was as if years of horrible memories were released and she soaked up the gentle attention.
May God grant a family to this little princess.
Quick note: I have gotten incredible feedback from my "Women: Save your marriage. In five minutes" post. If you have read the book(s), please let me know if your marriage was helped; I will be reprinting your stories for a follow-up post designed to help and encourage others. I will keep all responses anonymous. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great weekend, everyone! And thanks to Jen for hosting!