My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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7- Quick Takes Friday- the doing it anyway because there is no 7-Quick takes this week edition.

There is no 7-Quick Takes officially this week. But usually you can - Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.

1. On Wednesday SLO's doctor called to give her some more bad news. I can't help but wonder if it couldn't have waited until today, or Saturday or even Monday? Medically would it change anything? Why put a damper on the holiday?

2. I am now totally convinced that I pamper Gabe and Sam too much. I have bought into all the research about teenagers needing more sleep. But Sam's girlfriend asked them to go with her to the early bird Black Friday sales and they were both up and out of the house by 5:30 a.m.! When I was a teen I remember many a night studying until midnight and then catching a bus at 6 a.m. I think I'm going to insist on an earlier morning wake up (and a subsequent early evening bedtime!)

3. Took Izzy, Noah and Rosie to the library on Tuesday and they had a special Thanksgiving day craft. They were to make turkeys that looked something like this:
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But Rosie would have none of it! She wasn't going to make a turkey - she was going to make a "girlie chicken" complete with nail polish, bracelet, eyelashes, lipstick and a necklace. Hers looked like this.
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I love 4 year olds!

4. Yesterday Mr. Pete and I got the turkey into the oven by 7 a.m. We went out for a bagel and then we went to mass. Then we went for a walk with the kids in one of our beautiful metro parks. We came back and finished the salad, packed up the deserts and the turkey and headed off to SLO's house for dinner. I really think after this experience I probably could handle catering. It takes a bit more organization but it was actually kind of fun!

5. I keep thinking about O'Reilly's interview with Bishop Tobin. At about 1:20 into the interview the Bishop goes into what it means to be a Catholic.

Right, well, certainly I wouldn't define it that way. I think the church has every right and indeed the obligation to be at the table in these important questions of public policy . And certainly the bishops for a long time now have been involved in the question involving health care and the legislation that's developing, but in lots of other issues, too. And as I've often said if the church, not just the Catholic church, but the religious community, if we don't bring these values, this spiritual vision to these discussions, who else will do that?

But the real important message comes at 2:09 where he actually says:

The most important commitment we can make is to our faith because that defines our relationship with God. Nothing is more important than that. And if your job, your profession, your vocation gets in the way of that, you have to quit your job and save your soul.

O'Reilly seems a bit surprised with that answer.

6.  I think anyone who works with postsurgical patients should have had surgery at some time in their past. It should be a requirement. Because it is obvious to me after how SLO was treated last week after surgery when getting into her room that some caregivers have absolutely no idea what it feels like to have your body cut open!

7.  It snowed last night.
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