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Last week was the first time I’ve missed a 7 Quick Takes Friday since I started them way back in October 2010. I’m shamed.

I’ll make up for it.

If it helps, someone arrived on my blog this week by searching “duggar girls wearing pants.” Sorry people, not going to happen.


To start things off with a bang, allow me to introduce you to a beautiful young lady who is discerning God’s path for her life. When I say young, I mean YOUNG. This chickadee is in high school and has aspirations of joining a Carmelite order, God-willing, as she said.

The Sorting Hat for vocations.

Her blog is called “Pilgrim’s Paean” and I encourage you to be refreshed by her humble but exuberant gifts of service.


I’m sorry to spoil the refreshment so soon, but I have to bring your attention to Gen Y’s new anthem.

“What’s up?” “Not much, just hanging” *CORNY*

Bruno Mars “Lazy Song” is a caricature of the young people this day.

I should offer you a Werther’s caramel now, right?

My jaw dropped and I almost choked on a fly when I heard this song the other day.

Make fun of being an old man and then read the lyrics. I can picture several teens randomly consulting the almighty Google and searching “i don’t feel like doing anything today.”

They search for answers and if they haven’t already heard the song, now they have a laziness anthem, and it “feels” fine. And we all know, if it “feels” fine, it is fine.


On my Judgment’s Shadow post from April, Cassi at “From a Catholic Daughter,” stopped by to articulate perfectly the concept of “judgement.” It’s a tough subject that divides us all, philosophically, but I think she hit the nail on the head:

“Can’t believe I missed this one when you wrote it! What I’ve been taught is that you can judge a persons actions and a persons words just not the person. It’s kindof like how if a child in school was cursing all over the place you would have to send them to the principals office. You’ve judged what they’ve said and deemed it inappropriate for the classroom.

The same would go if they were fighting physically with another student, you’d judge their actions and deem them inappropriate for the classroom. This doesn’t mean that you hate that child and have judged them to be a horrible person. They are a child of God, but we are called to hold people accountable and to a higher standard.”


The Harry Potter craze seemed to die down a little around here, maybe that’s just because my sisters and I quenched our Hogwarts thirst on the final movie’s opening night. Get ready for a revival because we have our own “moving pictures,” now!

I do not own the rights. But now I’m craving cake.

If you’re wondering if I’ve forgotten about YouTube, let me introduce you to cinemagraphs. I hope the one I embed here works, if not, check it out in this link.


My high school alma mater is hosting an alumnae art show… eek! I have to show people some of the art I have created since graduating. This is something with which I struggle. I’d love to say I want real criticism about the quality of my work (even though I really think I’m below average, talent-wise), but I don’t think I could take it if someone ripped me a new one.

Conundrum. I suppose getting my work out there will kick start my new mission to enrich the artistic side of my life!

In addition to some of the works I had in my art show in 2008, I might submit this one. I made it when I was 20-years-old and it’s supposed to represent the moment of transubstantiation…

Or the way I painted it:


The Bright Maidens and the Pope were in cahoots this week to bring to you a summer reading list! Okay, no one confirmed our topic with Pope Benedict XVI, but he just happened to provide us with his summer reading list in the exact same week as the Bright Maidens. Coincidence?

Check out the lists on our Facebook page! If you don’t “LIKE US” yet, tell me what you think of the new splash page I created. Then go ahead and “LIKE” us. Thank you!

I’m announcing our next topic a little early so you can get prepared. On August 16 we will follow our first in a series on the “Feminine Genius.” This topic is entitled, “Feminine Genius: The Dress.”

In the spirit of experimentation, I’ve been wearing a dress or skirt at every opportunity for about two weeks. By the time August 16 rolls around there will be about 30 days worth of dresses, skirts, and no-pants behind me. If you want to do something similar and write about a “pants fast,” get started today.

If you’re a man, please don’t try this at home. Stay masculine and skirt-free, the way we like you.

As always, the topic is up to your interpretation, so do with “The Dress” what you will!