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So here’s the deal: I had some babysitter time this morning that I was going to use to write my quick takes. Then an old friend called and asked if I wanted to meet for coffee. The introvert part of my brain screamed “NOOOO!!!” and presented me with an image of being holed up in my room, alone with my laptop, staring at the glowing monitor in ecstasy. Then the sane part of my brain kicked in and reminded me that maybe, sometimes, it just might be a good thing to, you know, leave the house. Anyway, we had a really fun meet-up at Starbucks, which leaves me with very little time to write my quick takes today. So how about a bunch of links?
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Let’s start out with a bang. This video is unbelievably awesome. You have to watch it.
(via Deacon Greg)
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Betty Duffy is on fire again. You do read Betty Duffy, right? Anyway, I keep thinking about her post about being a slave to the no. (It reminds me of a lot of the points in that second book I talked about yesterday, about how we try to control the world with our no‘s.)
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This post about the “ghosts of babies” on Facebook made a point that really stuck with me:
[Cardinal J. Francis Stafford] noted that of all the issues that he had faced through the years when hearing confessions, one of the issues that consistently had the most devastating effects on the spiritual lives of penitents was infertility.
How serious? Often, he said, the spiritual effects of infertility were even worse than those suffered by those who lost a child to disease or to a tragic accident. There was a unique and silent pain suffered by those who wanted to have children, but could not. Whole communities will rally around those who lose a child. Those who feel denied the unique joys and pains of parenthood often suffer in silence, except for the interior screams of pain that others rarely hear.
Not that I didn’t already know what a heavy cross infertility is, but it reminded me to keep couples struggling to conceive in my prayers. (via New Advent)
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I know I just linked to Heather King last week, but if I’m doing a roundup of “best links I saw this week,” I can’t skip her post about why she kneels in church. Short but powerful.
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You need to read Steven Pressfield’s post about his life as an ad man. Even if you have no interest in advertising or writing, he makes powerful points about the danger of thinking that certain types of work are beneath you. While you’re at it, check out his post about the most important writing lesson he ever learned (he does use some profanity in that second one — just FYI if that’s not your cup of tea). It’s a fantastic point about humility and communication.
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Aw, man, I was just getting started! You’ll have to check out my links blog for more good stuff. Have a great weekend, everyone. Happy Halloween/All Hallows’ Eve!
Below is a linky list if you’d like to add a link to your own 7 Quick Takes post. (1) Make sure the link you submit is to the URL of your post and not your main blog URL. (2) Include a link back here.