7 Quick Takes – Volume 1
7 Quick Takes Friday: Re-launch, Les Mis, and Lent
So here’s Team Orthodoxy’s first delve into a linkup! For those of you unfamiliar with 7 Quick Takes, the premise is that some thoughts are worth sharing but do not a whole blog post make. This idea was started by the lovely Jennifer Fulweiler who hosts the linkup each Friday!
So, Team Orthodoxy had its re-launch earlier this month. We hope you noticed and are excited that we’re back after a brief hiatus. The team buckled down and discussed our mission for the next year, so we hope you enjoy what we are going to be bringing to you, because we’re all pretty excited about it!
I finally got a chance to see Les Misérables this past weekend and it was amazing! I was already pretty familiar with the story, and of course it doesn’t hold a candle to the live show, but there’s so much about this story I wasn’t aware of. For those of you who haven’t gotten a chance to see it, even if you really hate musicals, I strongly encourage you to check it out. It’s a great story of redemption, faith, God’s love and the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant! I thought in the Hollywood-ized version they would water down the faith-aspect to it, but they totally didn’t. It is a great Christian and a great Catholic story! I do warn you though, Russell Crowe’s singing made me wince, a lot.
We’re well into the Year of Faith by now, I think around 1/3 of the way in and I’m definitely finding this to be a challenging year to my faith. I don’t know whether it’s been my involvement in Team Orthodoxy, but I suddenly have found myself surrounded by a lot of really strong Catholics who all want me very involved in matters of catechesis. I find God has really been challenging me to understand more and more what it is I believe, and what that means for me in my vocation as a mother, a wife, a Carmelite, a blogger and a friend. I feel a bit spiritually exhausted, but am looking forward with anticipation (and yes, a bit of trepidation too) as to what God has in store for the rest of the year.
It suddenly hit me that Lent starts in less than a week! Less than a week people! In the past I’d usually wake up and realize it was Ash Wednesday and that I needed to think of something to offer up, which might get underway by the first or second Sunday of Lent. Now, with little ones, I’ve been researching like crazy how to bring them into a better understanding of Lent. My son is still talking about Advent and Christmas, so I’m hoping I can make a fluid transition.
I’m really bad for maintaining my Lenten resolutions. I usually pick way too many things and have given up most of it by the third week. This year in an attempt to stay on track, I’m having a Lenten “accountability and prayer” partner. Thanks #Cathsorority sisters, you inspire me to be a better woman!
Speaking of Lent, here come all the required days of fasting and abstinence. Elizabeth from Tales of Astoria and Beth Anne from Beth Anne’s Best are co-hosting a Lenten Meal Plan. So if you’re running out of ideas for those meatless Fridays or have offered up some of your favourite dishes, go check them out!
I and some of the other Team Orthodoxy members (or maybe all of us . . . ) are participating in I Am for Life’s Facebook Challenge. They’re asking people to change their profile picture on the first day of the 40 Days for Life (February 13th) to the following, to help witness to life. I hope you join us in this worthy cause!
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