May 2, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Vol. 70 (Super religious edition)

Tomorrow my seven-year-old daughter gets to do something amazing that I didn't get to do until I was 33. She's going to receive her first communion. I told her to pay close attention because receiving Christ's Body and Blood for the first time is something she will cherish forever.

What a powerful moment that was during 11:30 a.m. Mass last Sunday when the priest abruptly stopped at 12 noon for the bells to ring for three minutes in honor of the newly canonized saints, John XXIII and John Paul II. Normally Mass doesn't stop for anything, so it was quite a remarkable occurrence.

This is the time of year when I get to hear my favorite Easter hymn, O Sons and Daughters. Unfortunately many of the versions on You Tube have such an overpowering organ that it's hard to hear and appreciate the lyrics. But then I found this one. Bless this guy's heart for recording himself and posting it online.

"Faith is the opposite of worry." That comment in a presentation from Relevant Radio's Drew Mariani really stood out to me at a Divine Mercy conference last Saturday. I worry all the time. But you wouldn't know it because I'm an introvert and I hide it well! Spending less time worrying and more time praying sounds like a much better path.

When you are trying to concentrate and listen, there's no worse place to be than a church cry room. I always joke that cry rooms need their own cry rooms so that the loudest and most chaotic kids have an even more secluded place to go while the rest of us try to have at least some standard of quietness and decorum in the main cry room. Apparently, the church that hosted the conference had the same idea. Check out the sign from the cry room wall. They don't want "seriously unhappy children" in the cry room.

I got a real kick out of the toilet paper that was in the cry room's bathroom. Is "Roses" brand supposed to make your you-know-what smell better?

My 18-month-old is starting a new fashion trend. Remember way back when people started wearing their baseball caps backwards because they saw Ken Griffey, Jr. do it that way? Well, toddlers all over town will start wearing their sunglasses upside down after they see this.

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