Get ready, this week’s quick takes are super fun. First up? USA TODAY called me. On purpose. Here’s the back story, but the long and short of it is simple: it’s Twitter’s fault. I tweeted a question to the Pope via the #AskPontifex hashtag on Wednesday, the USA TODAY religion reporter picked it up, emailed me, then called, I was quoted and it made it to print. Best. Week. Ever. If you want to read the full article from the USA TODAY, it’s a great read. Many thanks to those of you that sent me sweet messages. Each and every one of them completely made my day.
Speaking of the Pope tweeting, I have this to offer. I think we can all agree that social media has its pitfalls. But, I’m here to sing its praises for a moment. If not for Facebook, Twitter, my blog and texting, I’m not sure I would’ve survived the premature birth of my fifth child. Social media allowed me to find a community that has always existed but I only dreamed about in my dark hospital room. It was as if there was this great party “somewhere in the neighborhood” and somebody finally gave me the address. I walked in the door and found friendship. It may have started out a virtual one (right, Lisa?) but it has become real. Our conversations may have started as 140 characters, but the connection grew beyond the interwebs. The fact that Pope Benedict XVI sees social media as a viable medium to reach people where they are speaks volumes about the church. Real change is happening out there. Real hearts are being changed. Real friendships are being made. Social media may connect us, but it’s God that binds the friendship.
Lisa Schmidt of The Practicing Catholic and I at the Catholic New Media Conference. She’s a fellow Iowa Stater, too. Holla!
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Our church is almost finished!! For more than a decade, our current parish has been working toward building a community that could sustain a sanctuary. I’m happy to say that day is only 15 days away. We are quite excited to celebrate the Dedication Mass with our Bishop later this month. I’ve heard those are spectacular Masses to attend. I’m quite certain the people that said that didn’t have five children 11 and under. But, we’re going anyway. I’ve got extra hydrocodone, so I’ll be just fine.
We enjoyed a pretty fabulous preschool Christmas play yesterday. Clearly, God made two-year-old’s to be the cutest people on the planet when singing, “Jingle Bells” and “This Little Light of Mine.” Luke rocked it. He even clocked the kid next to him that was twice his size. Proud parenting moment right there. All sarcasm aside, it was a moment for the memory books to see him standing there, in front of the altar, loving being the center of attention. God has been so good to him. What a miracle!
Child #1 is participating in the 4-H County Food Show this weekend. His recipe is a pretty tasty Sweet Potato Soup. I’ve learned a thing or two after five kids. Teach them to cook so you can take the night off!
Our oldest daughter read one of the intentions at Mass this week at school. I’ll tell ya what’s cute. Hearing her say “Pope Benedict the Sixteenth” and “Bishop Vasquez” missing her two front teeth.
And, in the best news of the week, my husband got a clean bill of health from his doctor. His mom is a colon cancer survivor, so he participated in early screening this week. Today’s PSA? Get yourself screened. It could save your life!
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