1 - If you haven't watched this yet, please do. Dwija posted it first and I'm so glad she did. I've watched this over and over again since Tuesday. It's a bit silly and fun, and it's supposed to be because our Catholic faith is fun and we should be lighthearted! - but it makes me choke up every time I watch it. All I can think is that if I didn't believe in God I would want to because of the hope and promise in JPII's words.
2 - An Obama-loving friend of mine wrote this on Facebook, "To all of my red friends, be not afraid, we come in peace." I wanted to comment, "Oh thank God! I hope that means you will no longer expect me to pay for free abortifacients." But I figured that no matter how sincere those words of mine are - truly without a bit of sarcasm - she and all her friends would probably think I was just picking a fight and being dumb. So I didn't. Maybe that makes me a coward but then I read what Kaitlin said and I realized that she nailed what I'm thinking and it's something I don't think my FB friend can understand:
I fear that I'm inadequate to raise children who are capable of withstanding the assaults that are ahead. Can I truly raise martyrs? Am I even strong enough to be a martyr myself? Maybe not to death, but to jail? Or to joblessness? What will I be asked to sacrifice for my faith? And I'm sure some will read this and think I'm being melodramatic and that it can't possibly come to that. I hope you're right. But I believe you're wrong. It's already happening.
3 - I have tried to focus on HOPE this week. Not Obama's hope, which Bob Rice perfectly described as "optimism based on the human spirit; [while] our hope is rooted in Jesus Christ and in His saving power." You should read Marie's post on Hope. It's a great summary, to which I would add,
"In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world!" -John 16:334 - THE REST OF THESE QUICK TAKES ARE NOT RELATED TO THE ELECTION! YIPPEE!
5 - Here's my latest post at Ignitum Today. It's a review of The Little Way of Advent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese. If you're looking for a good book to help you keep Advent I recommend this one. I really liked it and look forward to slowly reading it and praying in a few weeks.
6 - My cousin Darcy sent this picture to me. I was really touched that she even thought of me and I wanted to share it, especially in light of my post "People at the Grocery Store Think I Have too Many Kids."
7 - We've recently started popping our popcorn on the stove. Occasionally I'll still use the air popper, but popcorn on the stove tastes so amazing that I don't know if I will ever crave microwave popcorn again. The oil flavors it so butter isn't even needed, just a little salt. You can find the recipe I use on my Pinterest board, Food I Gotta Make.