Quick Takes Friday (14)

Things I Loved This Week:

1.  From Introduction to the Devout Life Part III,CHAPTER XLI. One Word to Maidens: “O YE virgins, I have but a word to say to you. If you look to married life in this life, guard your first love jealously for your husband. It seems to me a miserable fraud to give a husband a worn-out heart, whose love has been frittered away and despoiled of its first bloom instead of a true, whole-hearted love.”

2.  From Introduction to the Devout Life Part III, CHAPTER XXIX. On Slander : “Do not pronounce a man to be a drunkard although you may have seen him drunk, or an adulterer, because you know he has sinned; a single act does not stamp him for ever.”

3. Catholic Answers Live with Anthony Buono titled Discerning Marriage : Helping Your Cause.

4. 48 people LIKE Bright Maidens on Facebook!
Things I’m Preparing For:
 5.  Bishop Murphy will be attending Faith on Tap this Monday.  He’ll be speaking on his message “Belong More Deeply” and doing Q and A afterward.  What should I ask him or get across to him?  I want to make sure that he knows that Young Adult Catholics need support from the Diocese.  Any additional thoughts?
6.  I have a job interview with a children’s book publishing house today at 2 p.m.  If you have a moment, please pray that this interview goes well!
What I’m Most Excited About:
7.  Tonight I’m going to my aunt and uncle’s house to watch my little cousins for a few hours.  I can’t wait to get my cuddle on! 

Quick Takes Friday (13)

1.  I treasure those moments when I realize that a friend values our relationship as much as I do (for some reason, I often have trouble believing this).  This past weekend, two friends from my first college took a bus from DC to New York for a short trip.  As we brunched at Café Orlin in the East Village, one commented to me, “You know, besides [insert name of other friend here], you’re the only one who’s come to DC just to visit.”  Now, since he’s a guy, he didn’t follow up with, “And that made me so happy” or “All the others have used my apartment as a crash pad for interviews,” but I knew what he meant.  And that made me happy!

2.  What’s your experience with online dating?  I had a paid subscription for Catholic Match for a few months and my successes were:
  • one random date with a Canadian lawyer who was visiting NYC;
  • corresponding for a few weeks and chatting on the phone once with a grad student who grew up in my area, but who was living elsewhere.  I think I upset him when I said I didn’t see how traditional courtship could work in modern day America for the majority of people.  He did not contact me again.

3.  I would like to try Ave Maria Singles, but the price tag is stopping me.  There is a $25 off coupon for it, though. 

4.  As a side note, I have done some crazy things in my lifetime.  After graduating from high school, I  studied abroad in Europe for two years.  Sometimes I wandered around new cities with new friends after we had imbibed a lot of vino.  I went on a Mission Trip to Kenya when I was 17.  I tutored kids in the slums of Kingston, Jamaica as an Alternate Spring Break.  My parents never stopped me from doing any of this nor did they ever hint that they were afraid or nervous about my choices.  

So does it make sense that when I told them I was going on a date with a man I met online, my mother started crying?  According to her, online dating is more dangerous than wandering drunk around foreign cities, the slums Kingston, and the roads of Kenya.

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6.  On Thursday night, I went on a first date with a stranger I met at the train station.  I was very amused when he said he was surprised to see so many religious items at my house.  Now, he barely came through the front door.  All he saw was two stone crosses that are on the front steps, the miniature nativity still outside, and one image of Jesus mounted in the foyer.  I wonder what he would think if he saw the Marian Hallway or the Wall o’ Crucifixes…

7.  So much talk of dating today!  Stay tuned for next Tuesday’s Bright Maidens post! Julie, Elizabeth, and I will tackle this fun (and sometimes frustrating) topic.

Quick Takes Friday (11)

1.  I had lunch with my best friend since elementary school last week.  When we were in 2nd grade, our teacher dubbed our table the “Giggle Gang” because were were always laughing.  Sixteen years later that hasn’t changed!  Seeing her is such a delight! We have a wonderful, honest, spontaneous friendship.  Last year she convinced me to go on a cruise, and within 10 days we had the whole thing booked 🙂

2.  My brother the Confirmation Candidate went with me to Adoration last week!  This is part of the personal training that I want to give him before he makes Confirmation.  I was nervous about bringing him because he doesn’t like to sit still for long, let along sit still and be quiet, but he did fairly well (there was a bit of tapping and drumming and leg shaking).  I don’t know if he did any praying, but at least he had exposure to the Blessed Sacrament.

3.  My brother also met the wonderful Fr. Rob Ketcham who runs Adoration at this particular parish and is director of petersboat.net.  Fr. Rob gave him a t-shirt with this quote on it: Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.”  (1 Timothy 4:12)  My brother later confided, “I don’t know why, but I think this quote is awesome!”  So maybe God is getting through to this boy!
4.  My gut reaction to Where Have All the Good (Wo)Men Gone? and Guys vs. Men?  Sadness.  Poor men.  Poor women.  I know we’re fallen, but certainly we can treat each other better than this.  Hopefully with Theology of the Body we can change our culture around.

5.  Have you been to Dave and Busters?  I had such a fun time there last week for a friend’s birthday.  Arcade games + sangria + prizes = win!

6.  Look, I finally have a picture to submit for the Year of Dresses!  I was going to wear pinstripe pants and a nice blouse, but then remembered the Year of Dresses and thought – yes, I should wear a dress to the Phi Beta Kappa Networking Event!   This is a smock style Land’s End dress with a pink sweater, belt (much needed; without it the smock style makes me look pregnant) and cute 1940s style shoes.

7.  Do you need a Lenten blog post series to follow?  I’m very excited to announce that Elizabeth of Startling the Day, Julie of The Corner With A View, and I are starting a new series, which debuts this Mardi Gras!  I adore these ladies and am looking forward to their posts!  Our first topic: Women and their relationship to the Church.  Check out Julie’s blog (#2) for more information on the series!

Have a great weekend!