7 Quick Takes (Vol. 40) St. Benedict, Change, Silence, and Catholic Ramblings

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Back to school…back to the old grind… It was a bit difficult the first day or so back at school. But it’s actually gotten easier. I’ve been getting up with more time to get ready in the morning. I’m trying to get back on top of classes and am trying out some new study tricks for Spanish. Philosophy is still not my thing though. And I don’t think it ever will be. But the fact that it’s difficult for me to translate what Aristotle is saying  is not something I really care about.

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Today is the Solemnity of the Passing of St. Benedict at least for benedictines. And since I go to a benedictine school and am benediction by extension it is for me too. Which means today was a solemnity. On a Friday. In Lent. I had chicken for dinner and sung alleluia unashamed.
I’m really starting to love benedictine spirituality as I learn more about it. The community is a huge part of it for me. We have a class on specifically benedictine spirituality here. I might take it some time.

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Why I like change and my roommate loves stability. My roommate and I were discussing this morning our thoughts on change. I personally love the idea of adventure, new places, and new things to do. She on the other hand loves the idea of stability. We realized that, in a way, it may be because of our childhoods. She moved around a lot while I lived in the same house my whole life. It’s incredible what effects your childhood can have on you.

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I’ve really been thinking about silence lately. The other day I was also thinking about music.It used to be you would get dressed up and go to a concert where you did nothing but listen and appreciate and analyze the music. Nowadays, it seems we often fall into the trap (myself included) of using music as a distraction, a way to block out the silence. Because let’s face it, silence, for whatever reason is scary. We don’t want to to have to think about the difficult things. We don’t want to consider what our minds will bring to us or how God will speak to us. So we block out His voice and even our own thoughts. Because that’s the thing, as someone reminded me today, God only speaks in silence.
It’s difficult but I know that I need to find and embrace silence of mind most of all. I need to let go of all the worries, the plans, the internal, eternal to do list–and be silent and still.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Is that we can only know He is God, if we are still?

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Today is National Down Syndrome Day. I loved this list on Buzzfeed of reasons why people with down syndrome are pretty awesome to have in our world.
Also, this is a great video addressed to an expectant mother:

From this article.

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The Pope and President. So, apparently President Obama will be visiting Pope Francis soon. And apparently last time Obama visited a pope that pope gave him a church document on bioethics. Just some tidbits to consider.

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Also, this just makes me sad. And angry. But mostly sad. A group of nuns has come out in support of the HHS mandate. It makes me sad to see these women who the faithful should be able to look to as spiritual mothers aren’t living up their roles but are in fact acting completely counter to the church and her teachings. These are women I should be able to look up to as women of faith and role models in the spiritual life. But, they are only human. My only recourse right now is to pray for them and ask you to do the same. Pray for all our sisters and nuns and religious. There are so many good orders and sisters and nuns out there, and yet examples like this are unfairly casting them in a poor light. The Little Sisters of the Poor are fighting against the HHS mandate in order to avoid violating their consciences and to speak up for religious freedom. I just wish all religious and all the laity would too.

Linking up with Jen at Conversion Diary! Go check out the other posts in the link up!


2 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes (Vol. 40) St. Benedict, Change, Silence, and Catholic Ramblings

  1. Oh my goodness, yes, the way you grow up has such an impact on whether or not you like change! I grew up moving every few years, and now I want stability SO much. My husband has lived in the same town his entire life, and he’s the one always re-arrange the furniture for no apparent reason 🙂

    • Haha, I actually love rearranging furniture! It’s like a whole different room afterwards. 🙂 Yeah, the way you grow up can effect you in so many ways, ways which you may not even realize until years later.

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