Oh, man, I'm always so stinking late with my Quick Takes!!
1) I have read countless articles on gay "marriage", and this is perhaps the best I've ever encountered:
Just read it all. To the end. And pass it around.
(Thanks, Fr. Ed!)
2) As someone who has just had her (healthy) family's insurance premiums raised by several thousand dollars per year (thanks, Obama), I really appreciated these articles:
When Obama pitched the Affordable Care Act in 2009, there were roughly 30 million uninsured. The Congressional Budget Office projects that in 10 years there will be . . . roughly 30 million uninsured under ObamaCare. According to Gallup, more people are uninsured today than when Obama took office. Indeed, most of ObamaCare’s alleged 7 million “enrollees” are people who lost their insurance because of ObamaCare.
As I've said before, leftism is that thing where you get to feel good inside about accomplishing nothing, and usually making things worse.
Or as Peggy Noonan puts it:
3) Sometimes a meme really just sums things up, no?
And of course, the Holy Father gives us the clear solution to everything:
4) When people ask what I love about being Catholic, here's my answer:
There’s no existential angst in being a Catholic. I know who I am. I know why suffering occurs in this world. I know where I’m going. I know Who made me and I can put it in a context that is coherent and cohesive, so there isn’t any turmoil interiorly. Even with the turmoil outside, I know I live in a cohesive, beautiful tapestry of truth. It makes sense, so life makes sense to me.
Catholics who accept and live the Faith in its entirety will understand just what I mean.
5) Many of you have read the terrible story of the murder of 24-year-old newlywed Nathan Trapuzzano, who leaves behind his grieving wife, Jennifer, and their unborn baby girl, Cecilia. Several of my readers know the young couple.
Looking beyond the senseless violence that killed this devout young man, I have been so incredibly moved by the beauty of his life and by the love and faith of those around him.
Read the funeral homily...
...and remember that this is what it all comes down to: Sanctity and a life well lived.
And on a more personal note, days ago our friend Ken lost his beloved wife Maria, the mother of their three children, just four weeks after she was diagnosed with cancer. So quickly can our loved ones be taken from this life, but we take solace in our Faith and knowing that God can be trusted to keep His promises. Please take a moment to pray for Ken and his children and for the repose of the soul of Maria.
For Nathan Trapuzzano and for Maria and for any loved ones you have recently lost:
Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
6) The view from my kitchen window:
|With dozens of buds that haven't even opened yet. Thank you, Mary!|
|Click my photo for more info!|
Devan has HIV and some eye trouble, and is a darling little boy. From someone who recently saw him at his orphanage:
He is so loyal and all boy in a good way. When we were visiting our son, he was upset that he (my son) didn’t get to be a part of the celebration that was going on. So he asked my son if he wanted one of the back pack things that they were letting the children play with. This treasure went and asked another kid if he could please let my son have a turn. He then took it off the child’s back and put it on my son. He really is such a gem.Could he be your son?
Have a blessed Sunday, and thanks to Jen for hosting!