7 Quickies: Whole30, Lent and Shoes! Oh my.

Does anyone else feel like Lent snuck up super friggen fast this year?! I’ve been a spectacularly crappy Catholic of late, so I’m thrilled it is Lent so to begin a journey to get my soul in order.  So I went to Confession today to start things off right, and now, I can focus on growing in spirituality.

 

Prayer

My prayer life has been severely lacking of late. I skim through the Blessed is She devotions, but I don’t read the bible verses just the reflection, and that is about it. I was really good about nightly prayers throughout January but the last week and a bit I’ve not been doing as good.

So, for Lent:

  • I ordered the Blessed is She Journal for Lent. I’m just waiting for it to show up! I’m so excited to work through it and I often journal when I pray in the evenings anyway so, match made in Heaven. Hopefully. (Also, I’m thankful I ordered it as soon as I heard about it because they sold out. They still have a digital one though!
  •  For the mornings, I really want to get into the habit of praying through the Lorica of St. Patrick as well as just a general morning prayer. I fail at praying in the morning.
  • Daily Mass! The Church near my work offers daily Mass on Thursdays and Fridays conveniently at lunch time. I plan to adjust my lunch hour to make it possible to go to Mass on those days.

 

Sacrifice

 

Ah Lent, the time where people suddenly decide to give things up. And occasionally partake on Sundays. Or not. Whatever floats your fancy. (As an aside, I really liked what Mr. Bearman Stewart wrote on that topic the other day).

I’m giving up Netflix (and streaming) for the entirety of Lent. Even on Sundays. Anyone who knows me, knows this is kind of a big deal. I have Netflix on ALL the time. But, as of Wednesday, deactivated. Until Easter. It will suuuuuck, but I think it’s important. And I’ll probably be able to polish off one or two more books. 

 

Misc

Oh boy. I have decided to complete a Whole30 (Whole47?) for Lent. No Sundays off (not allowed) and no breaks until Easter (or Holy Week, I’ll be travelling home for Easter and I am truly terrible at eating healthy while flying/travelling).  I even joined up with Kelly as part of her Lenten Whole30. 

Between this and giving up Netflix, I may be thoroughly miserable for the first week until I figure out a new normal.

 

QT4

 

Phew, no more Lent talk. I FINALLY got new gym shoes. I was doing so well at the whole gym thing and then, my old shoes started to show their wear. It was hurting more to run with them than without them. So I stopped running (just as I was starting to find my groove again) and I strictly did my bootcamp classes at least once a week but I did them in sock feet. Super good for my feet I’m sure.

But I got new babies to wear out, so excited to get back at the whole runnin’ thing.

 

QT5

I re-read Pope Awesome by the always entertaining Cari Donaldson. I even convinced my Books and Breakfast group to read it. Although, I’m thinking most of us just show up for the mimosas because only a 1/4 of us ever actually finish the books we choose.

I have to say though, re-reading the book gave me an opportunity to highlight some of the things I like (and notice that Kindle tracks how many people also track the same passages you do. And then tells you. Which is….weird).

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I love this quote, because when you honestly and openly start searching through the Church’s teachings they are beautiful and some of it is really hard to grasp but it’s all so good.

 

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Some links I loved this week:

On the importance of Sacristans. 

Oh my gosh. Jenny knocked it out of the park with her post “Such a Time as This“. Home freakin’ run. So good. I just, I love it.

On why the Church needs a leader and the problems with Sola Scriptura.

On Celibacy and Valentine’s Day

 

Links unrelated to Catholicism:

Snape is my favourite character (aside from Hermione) from Harry Potter and this video. The feelings!

On why pro-lifers need to focus more on being pro-life and not just anti-abortion & euthanasia. Building a culture of life is more than just legislation.

 

QT7

I love this. I like Mean Girls and art and I found this so entertaining.

 

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Head over to Kelly‘s for more Quick Takes!

 

5 Favourites: Pope Benedict Quotes

It has been 2 years since Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation. Those 2 years, for me personally, have been a time of great growth and discovery in my own Catholic faith. When Pope Benedict announced his resignation I was shocked (who knew popes could even do that?!) but it didn’t really affect me. I was still tiptoeing around being Catholic and still misunderstood so much about the Church and still wanted to believe, so strongly, that the Church’s teachings on same-sex marriage were wrong. I was still resistant to being Catholic when he resigned.

That is no longer the case, of course, but now as I’ve started reading his writings more I can honestly say, I wish I had been Catholic while he was still the Pope. I love Pope Francis, but Benedict XVI is quickly becoming one of my favourite Catholics even if he is often misunderstood, but, most good Catholics are.

So, here they are: my 5 favourite Benedict quotes

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The intrinsic dignity of each person must always be respected in work, in action and in law.

I love this quote. It comes from “Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons,”. I feel like it’s beautiful and succinct in describing the Catholic position on people with same-sex attraction. First and foremost, we must always remember that people are not their sexual preferences. All people deserve equality, all people are invaluable, and all people deserver our respect. One facet of someone’s entire person does not negate any of this.

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Unlimited trust should only be placed in the real Word of the Revelation that we encounter in the faith transmitted by the Church.

Followed quickly by this one:

“I think we must reflect more on what democracy in the exercise of authority would mean. Is truth determined by a majority vote, only for a new ‘truth’ to be ‘discovered’ by a new majority tomorrow?”

FF3

We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as definitive and has as its highest value one’s own ego and one’s own desires… The church needs to withstand the tides of trends and the latest novelties…. We must become mature in this adult faith, we must guide the flock of Christ to this faith.

FF4

The ways of the Lord are not comfortable, but we were not created for comfort, but for greatness, for good.

This quote is often shortened into the oft quoted “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!”

Either way, I love this quote. So much. It’s one of those quotes you can fall back on when things get hard and life feels difficult and demanding.

FF5

Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

The infamous Regensburg lecture. He was wise, he saw what people often missed. The legacy of fundamentalist Islam, back to the source, is a legacy of the sword.

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