Saturday, March 16, 2013

7 Quick Take Friday (Saturday Edition)

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A few days ago the girls and I were sitting down to dinner during one of Paul's long days.  Sadie looked up suddenly and asked "Why did they kill Jesus?"

After a conversation about that she was quite for a few more moments and then said:

"Mommy, I've decided that when I grow up I need to go away to be a nun.  That way I can pray for..."  there was a long pause here and I thought she was going to say "the world" since we'd talked about our Pope Emeritus going away to pray for the world, but instead she said: "for Maggie to stop being so naughty and" (here I've wracked my mind for what the offense was and I believe I remember) "throwing her food on the ground when we're eating."

When I remembered this conversation and told Paul last night he thought, as the person who does the dinner clean up on nights that he's home, that it was a pretty good idea.

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We went to Patrick's doctor's appointment yesterday, which was why I never got around to writing a blog post.  It took over my "Paul can you keep an eye on the girls while I get ready and write a quick post" time, plus some.  But I was excited to get his baby stats.

He's now four months old and he weighed in at 17 lbs 3 oz (making him a pound lighter than Mae was at the same age) and but 27 inches (which makes him our tallest baby).  No wonder he feels so long and skinny to me.  Although I have to admit, he's not as light in the Moby wrap as he used to be.  Mass is definitely a shoulder workout now.

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I am so incredibly excited about Pope Francis.  I just haven't even been able to put it into words.  I read more and more and am happier and happier.  And then I read something else and I have to fight the impulse to give someone a virtual smack upside the head.

I expected a certain amount of "we don't know what we're talking about, but they pay us to talk, so we're just going to keep blabbing and make it up as we go along" from the national media.  I mean, when it comes to the Church, that's what they do (after all, we just endured the weeks of "Will it be a woman?  Will the new pope make womyn priests?  Will he okay gay marriage?  Will he bring the Church into the twenty first century by saying contraception is okay?").

But after reading everything I could about our new Pope and doing a little happy dance around the living room I was shocked to wake up the day after his election to comments by "trads" about things they'd "heard" about the new pope.

Now as regular readers know, our family tends to be pretty traditional.  We go to the Latin Mass when we can (and since there's one down the street that's most of the time).  I wear headcoverings and skirts (and no I don't care if you do or think it's required, just to cut of that conversation off before it starts).  We plan on homeschooling... the list goes on and on.  So I guess we'd fall into the "trad" category.

Which might be why I was extra embarrassed when I began reading things like: "Well I heard that the new Pope outlawed receiving the Eucharist on the tongue" on my facebook stream.    I had to take a deep breath and not type anything because it would have been way too mean.  I needed to stew for a few days and then write this not so quick Quick Take.

So if anyone who's reading here is panicking about things they've "heard" take a deep breath and remember that not everything everyone says on the internet is true.  And maybe read this from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury. He becomes guilty:
- of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;
- of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another’s faults and failings to persons who did not know them;
- of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.

And then stop yourself from getting in a tizzy and having a public meltdown about a new Pope who's only been in office a few days and sit back and watch a while and see what he actually does.  You don't have to do a happy dance around the kitchen with me, but at the very least stop gossiping and detracting based on what someone on the internet said he might have done.  And maybe, if you're really worried, pray a couple extra rosaries instead of telling everyone how angry you are online.

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Because honestly, if the guy has been this outspoken about this:

and this:

then he's not some super liberal who's going to fulfill the liberal dream of "bringing the Church into the 21st century."

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And now for one of my favorite memes:

from Catholic Memes

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I believe we've finally completed the list of Patrick's "allergy/sensitivity/whatever it is I can't have or he'll be very sick" foods.  And I have to say, it could have been worse.  They are:

Tree Nuts

Eggs make me the saddest.  And then potatoes.  Because potato starch is a major substitute in allergy free foods.  But I've tested and retested and he is definitely not okay with them.

On the upside I did make gluten free egg free pizza last night and it was awesome!  I'll work out the recipe soon so I can share it!
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Now to take the ballerina to ballet so that she can twirl and prance!

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  1. I share equally your enthusiasm for Pope Francis. As a 52y/o cradle Catholic, I must say this may be the most exciting thing I've seen happen in the Church.

    With the exception of Humanae Vitae, I have shied away from reading papal documents simply because I find it too difficult to understand all their "highfalutin" way of talking. Lo & Behold, now we have a Pope who talks like a regular guy! How refreshing is that?

    I'm definitely looking forward to the coming years and may God bless our Holy Father with a LONG & HEALTHY reign!

  2. Oh sweet Cam if I could hug you via the interwebs for Number 3. As I am sure you saw (I think you "liked" it with me) Katherine posted the Willy Wonka meme about how the Cardinals should have consulted some people's blogs instead of the Holy Spirit, I feel as though I have a severe case of whiplash between people who cannot believe the Pope is actually Catholic and those who believe themselves to be more Catholic than he is...thank you again!

  3. Well, I'm glad you've sorted out what you can eat and what you can't. I hope Patrick can grow out of his sensitivity to them.

  4. Do the doctors think Patrick will outgrow some of these allergies/intolerances?

    That is an awfully long list.

  5. To cheer you up a bit, read this from Rush, on Francis:

    (Received that link from MaryEllen)

  6. Re #3 and #4...


    I read a number of trad blogs. Honestly, after the last few days, I think it will be a while before I go back to some of them, if ever. I've actually seen people say that because the Pope didn't wear a stole for his entire balcony appearance (he wore it just for the blessing) that, and I paraphrase but I paraphrase closely, "Benedict will live to see everything he has built be destroyed."

    Another person was ranting about how the liturgical setup and vestments of the Pope's first Mass are clear proof that he will undo everything that Pope Benedict did, liturgically speaking. (Fortunately, someone faster on the uptake than I posted pictures of Pope Benedict wearing the same set of vestments and using a very similar altar arrangement, and administered the appropriate smackdown.)

    One especially lovely individual criticized Pope Francis for (and again I paraphrase, but I paraphrase very closely) his "false charity" in moving a disabled elderly fellow Jesuit into his residence in order to care for him. Really?! Call me crazy, but we could use a lot more of that "false charity" in our world. Apparently that makes me some sort of leftist revolutionary. *facepalm*

    Is he a liturgist? No. But you know what? As dedicated as I am to the Tridentine Mass, there are even more important things out there. That his focus is on social justice and the poor is entirely apropos considering his background. We here in America are so very, very blessed to live here. Here, we can choose which of a half-dozen Catholic churches to attend. Most of us don't need to worry about where we'll sleep tonight. Even our poor are very, very rich by the world's standards. I can speak from experience when I say that rice and beans can get boring, but thank God I can't speak from the experience of most of the people in Argentina, because for them, never having had to worry about having food, whatever it might be, would be an unthinkable luxury. Argentina is a country in which thousands of little children are starving and begging in the streets. I think I can pardon our Holy Father for focusing on them rather than on having the few priests that he had (in Argentina, there are many places where one can go 200 miles without encountering a priest) stretch themselves even further to say the Tridentine Mass. As it was, it seems that he did indeed encourage the Tridentine Mass to be said in some places. We have a priest shortage here, but *nothing* like it is in Argentina.

    Finally, in re his supposed attitude to traditional Catholics: after the Campos fiasco, I'm delighted that he could see that not all traditionally-inclined Catholics are that nuts, and that many of us are actually faithful to Rome. If I were in his position, I think I'd be hard-pressed to be so charitable.

    Sorry for the long post, but as you can see, it's a sore subject. ;)

  7. One last thing, about Patrick: I'm no doctor, nor do I play one on TV. However, you might want to be careful of him and latex. Latex and banana allergies often go hand-in-hand, and latex sensitivities can get worse over time. I used to get very mildly itchy around latex, but I ignored it until a doctor used latex gloves when cutting out a mole from my arm. When the stitches were removed two weeks later, it hadn't healed at all because of the powder from the gloves that had gotten into the wound. No more latex for me!

  8. CAF Trad forum is RIFE with people who are bummed out about our new "liberal" Pope. So sad. Do they not understand that the Holy Spirit sends us what we need, not necessarily what we desire? There are whole threads about how "EF Friendly" he is, or if he's too pastoral and not doctrinal enough, etc. Rude. There is even a thread with hundreds of replies on what they'd like the new Pope to do (mostly revolving around forbidding the OF, excommunicating people, forbidding communion in hand, etc.) Because submitting to our leader and to the Holy Spirit is much less important than having Mass our way! Totally fine to have preferences, but bordering on blasphemy to suggest we know better than our Holy Father.

  9. I have been appalled and disgusted at the absurd posts on CAF insinuating that Pope Francis isn't traditional enough. I honestly think that some of these folks wouldn't be happy unless the conclave had elected Pope Pius X again!!!



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