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In case you missed it, I’m doing a new series of posts looking at the Our Father word by word. I’m really excited about it — especially because I just found out that I’m going to have help from some great bloggers and writers. I’ve already gotten so much to think about after reading the comments to the post about “Our, ” I can’t wait to get to the other words. Be sure not to miss the comments on these posts!
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I loved reading about your plans for Lent. Here’s what I decided on: a decade of the Rosary first thing each morning, and no adding sugar to my morning tea (a small but surprisingly noticeable sacrifice for me). And…well, umm…there’s one other thing that I couldn’t decide if I would admit or not…but I guess I’ll go ahead and say it:
I’m giving up cursing for Lent.
Now, before you form an image of me yelling at my kids to stop jumping on the $%^! couch or asking my husband to pass the $%&*!# salt at dinner, let me say that it’s not that bad. I don’t use bad words in front of the kids, and it’s not like I walk around spewing profanity when I’m around adults. It’s just that I’ve noticed lately that, well, sometimes I just can’t seem to express myself without pulling out a word from my pre-conversion lexicon. So I’m really working on that during Lent, hopefully adopting habits that will last for the long-term.
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Giving up adding sugar to drinks was actually a last-minute addition to my Lenten plans. I’d always heard that you should give up something good, but I didn’t really get why, so I just went with giving up cursing for Lent. But then I heard people who had given up something good talking about their plans for Easter, and it all clicked.
For example, someone I know who gave up cheese talked about how she’s going to get a huge, lavish cheese tray for brunch on Easter. When I imagined her going that long 40 days with nary I bite of one of her favorite foods, I could see how the ecstatic joy of the Resurrection would hit her at an even deeper, visceral level as she bit into savory chunks of Camembert and felt the luscious Brie melt in her mouth after the long fast.
Then I pictured myself rising on Easter morn’, taking a deep breath, and shouting the f-word. Umm, yeah. That’s why giving up something that’s bad anyway doesn’t quite have the same effect. So no sugar in my tea for Lent.
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Here’s a guy who’s doing something really interesting for Lent: he’s doing a beer fast. I don’t mean he’s not drinking beer; I mean he’s living on beer. Like, only beer. No food. And he’s not even breaking the fast on Sundays. (Evidently some old-school monks used to do this, so it’s a time-honored tradition.) You can read his Day 1 post here. You bet I’m going to be following his blog to see how that goes! (Thanks to the indispensable New Advent for the story.)
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UPDATE: I received some feedback that my comment about By Sun and Candlelight seemed mocking. That is not AT ALL how I intended it, as Dawn’s blog is truly a huge source of inspiration to me. Sorry if it came across that way!
One thing that has been slow to take shape since my husband and I became Catholic is celebrating the liturgical year (as you know if you saw my post about Advent in December). On Tuesday I actually remembered to buy a King’s Cake, and I was quite proud of myself. I figured that I pretty much had this liturgical year thing down, and was ready to go all By Sun and Candlelight and start posting pictures of my awesome liturgical celebrations to inspire other Catholic mothers. But it all kind of unraveled when people started asking questions. The conversation went something like this:
SON: Mommy, what is that squiggly thing on top of the cake?
ME: I think it’s a baby. The baby Jesus maybe? Anyway, it’s supposed to be hidden. Look away while I stuff it in the bread somewhere.
SON: Why do you hide it?
ME: Because it’s a special treat when someone finds it.
SON: What do they get?
ME: I think they get a prize.
SON: A prize, wow! Do we have a prize?
ME: No. We’re just going to try not to choke on it.
HUSBAND: Maybe you take the baby and put him in the manger. Wait…no…that’s Christmas…
From there it degenerated into a “blind leading the blind” situation where we were all just fumbling around, trying to figure out what theological riches we’re supposed to derive from a King’s Cake. I think I have a ways to go in terms of seamlessly incorporating the liturgical year into our lives.
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FOUND: The recipe with the best yumminess-to-easiness ratio ever. Here it is (from food.com):
- Put 4 -5 boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts in a crock pot
- Dump in drained cans of black beans and corn along with a 15-oz. jar of salsa
- Cook on high for 4 – 5 hours
- In the last 30 minutes, add an 8-oz. package of cream cheese
Easy! Delicious! Cheap! Healthy! What more can you ask for?
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I hope everyone’s Lent is off to a good start. Have a nice weekend!
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