7 Quick Takes (Vol. 13)

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I’ve been a waitress for over a week…. I’ve worked 3 long shifts but I think I’m getting the hang of things. I’ve got one more day of training and then I’m on my own. I’m ready for it. Being a waitress has challenged me and taught me things (I might have to write a whole post on this after the summer’s done.)

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Do I want to be a teacher? Earlier this week I was thinking about how I like to work in the background and make sure everything is running smoothly. Then it struck me: if this is what I like then…why do I want to be a teacher? Well, actually, I’ve considered curriculum director and administration stuff and…I don’t. I don’t want to be a teacher. Those were my thoughts at least. I don’t know really. I’m now thinking better of the idea. But I think it’s something to pray about.

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I saw the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima on Friday. And I learned more about the message from Fatima. Lucia, the oldest seer, said that 3 things were necessary for the triumph announced at Fatima: 1. Sanctification of daily duties (morning offering) 2. Prayer (daily rosary) 3. Consecration to Immaculate Heart of Mary (scapular). One of our priests offered to enroll people in the scapular after everything. I wasn’t completely sure if I had been enrolled before (I probably was). But now I’m officially enrolled and there’s no need for doubt.

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Today (most of) my family went to see Man of Steel. It was action-y, violent. There were some good messages. And also, some Christ imagery. One line that sticks with me is Clark Kent’s father saying that whatever man Clark became, for good or ill, he would change the world. That’s something that’s true for all of us. Whoever we choose to be will impact the world for good or evil. Another lien form the movie was Superman saying “I was raised in Kansas. I’m about as American as the come.” I kind of hope I get to watch this at school some time, I feel like the place would erupt with cheers and laughter.

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I’ve finished “How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing You Soul”. I’ve worked a bit on my review but there’s still a bit more to finish it up. I’ll hopefully have it up by tomorrow. It took me longer than I would have liked to finish it, but I think I could mine more than one post out of it too if I want to. There’s a lot in that book. I certainly recommend it.

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Earlier this week I drafted a post called “Why I Hate the Secular World”. I was feeling pretty down about work honestly. I didn’t find God there. But I think I’m learning to bring Him with me a little and to find joy in my job and to not be so stressed.

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Here’s a prayer for the Fortnight for Freedom from the USCCB:

O God our Creator,
from your provident hand we have received
our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God,
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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4 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes (Vol. 13)

  1. That’s a really interesting point about being a teacher. Think about charter schools too, because they function very differently than public or private ones. Do you have any experience with them? I know a lot of homeschoolers who have gone that route (some of my siblings too) and could tell you more about it if you want! It might be just the thing 🙂

    I can’t wait to see your post on the Soulmate book! I kind of want to write more femininity type stuff, but it’s kind of weird when my family reads my blog. Is it bad I’d rather strangers read it than family members? Whatever, I’ll do it anyway.

    Dude, I feel the whole lack of God thing. I wrote a whole Obama bashing article earlier this week 🙂 I’m so tired of people saying dumb things and not having God in their lives. It’s depressing. But then I figure that’s why we’re here: to be the light of the world! The couple of Catholic books I’ve read recently are really encouraging too.

    • You know, maybe charter schools wold be something to look into. I don’t really have much experience with them. I did have a friend go to e-school for part of college. But I think that’s a little different.

      Hopefully my post on Soulmate will be up within the next couple hours if not sooner. I think I’ve just got a few tweaks to make. 🙂

      I don’t think it’s bad at all. I would rather strangers read my blog than family too! There’s something about family(I’m thinking specifically of my mom honestly) reading my blog that I know would make me hesitate to post certain things and which would impact how I write and/or what I write about it.

      If you want to write on femininity go for it! It’s a great topic and the truth about it needs to be told!

      Before we get back to school we should compare what books we read and see if there’s any the other would like to borrow. Sounds like you’re reading some great books. I know you read that Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic and loved it. And I have Allen Hunt’s other book Confessions of a Former Megachurch Pastor which hopefully I’ll get to before the summer’s done.

      Now I’m going to go find your Obama-bashing article to read. 🙂

      I’ll post the link for my Soulmate review below when it’s up.

      • Charter school are very different than online classes. It’s homeschooling, but the kids are technically enrolled in public school. The parents are held accountable to their ES (education specialist) who they meet with every 20 school days. The ES is responsible for gathering sample work and keeping the family on track. This might be a good thing for you because you can be creative helping the families and implementing techniques, but it’s not a classroom situation. There are lots of other (and higher up) positions withing charter schools as well. Let me know if you have specific questions, and I can ask my mom!

        I know. Dude. Having my family read my blog definitely makes me think more before I post something. I do want to start writing about that kind of stuff though.

        And yes for comparing books! Just got a new one 🙂

        I don’t have my Obama article up yet…I wrote it for Live Action and have to tweak it more before it publishing worthy. Cant’ wait to see your post soon!

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