7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 79)
I’ll be on EWTN Radio again tomorrow (Saturday, May 8th) from 2pm – 4pm EDT to chat with the wonderful Barbara McGuigan on her show The Good Fight. You can find a local station here or listen online here. We’ll be talking about motherhood and how I see my vocation differently now that I’m a Christian. Should be fun!
Last week I was caught off guard when I got a really strong response to a passing comment I made in my “advice from a dead man” post. I’d said that in that book I was talking about, Francis de Sales offered advice for how to pray during the exhaustion of pregnancy. I’d included it in a list of examples of what he wrote about, only to illustrate that he dealt with the concrete concerns of everyday life. I was surprised when I got a whole bunch of emails asking “WHAT DID HE SAY?!?!?!” (I’m paraphrasing there.) I take that as a post request, and will try to put together a collection of Francis’ wisdom on prayer during pregnancy soon.
Speaking of that post, a big thanks to Geomama of Thrifty Mystics who left a comment pointing me to the St. Francis de Sales Association, an organization for women who want to live their faith more fully in everyday life. Neat idea! (As a web developer nerd, I have to note that they have a very well designed, beautiful website.)
I saw Faith and Family editor Danielle Bean give a wonderful speech a few weeks ago, and one of the things that really stuck with me was when she shared a simple life motto that a friend once told her: GTH BYB – Get to Heaven, Bring Your Brother. She powerfully hit home the point that we should remember every single day that that is our final aim in life.
I was so inspired that I wrote GTH BYB on a notecard on my desk. The only problem has been that, being the spiritual giant that I am, I keep misreading the last part as “BYOB” (the famous college party acronym for “bring your own beer.”) Which leaves me glancing at the note and having this gut reaction of, “Aw, man, heaven is BYOB?”
This is a bad juxtaposition, but I recently did an interview for the National Catholic Register about conversion and evangelization, which you can read here. (I’m sure the author is wishing that I didn’t mention that right after announcing that I misread my spiritual inspiration cards to think that heaven is BYOB.)
I’ve developed a fascination with the history of education. I recently had an interesting discussion with my husband about this “One Day Academy” school I just heard about. He excerpted the part on their About page where they said that “each teacher has the freedom to set registration, materials, and tuition costs. All fees for a particular teacher are found on his or her faculty page.” He pointed out that this is actually very similar to the way the earliest universities worked, where teachers charged their own rates and traveled from city to city, renting cheap space to hold classes. I’m interested in studying different educational models, especially looking at changing ideas about education throughout history. Anyone have any good books to recommend on that subject?
If any of you fellow procrastinators are still looking for Mother’s Day ideas, we had a great discussion last year about how to make it a special day for the moms in your life. There were a lot of creative suggestions, and many of them involved spending little or no money.
Happy Mother’s Day!
I look forward to reading your posts!