My version of 7 Quick Takes Friday. Thanks for hosting, Jen.
Lord, thank you for the blessing of helping others. Today I helped my sister put together a computer hutch. It was fun spending time together and we ended the day grilling hot dogs and brats with all the fixings! However, Lord, whoever wrote the directions and said it would take two hours is crazy. Please help them. We’ll have to finish Sunday…
Well, Lord, I don’t know what THAT was about. Went for a walk and as I was returning I kept feeling like I should go to the Vigil Mass. There it was, 4:30, and I was hot and sweaty. No time to really clean up or put on something nice. Barely time to freshen up, but it seemed very urgent. So, I went. Nice homily, saw people I knew, but no major epiphanies. Kind of anti-climatic, really. Well, sometimes these promptings are from you and sometimes it’s just my crazy imagination. At any rate, thank you Lord, for the Holy Mass and the ability to receive you in the Eucharist.
Hutch complete! Thank you, Lord, for giving my sister joy in such a simple thing. Thank you for all that went into creating it—the wood, the knowledge, the creativity, the tools, the ability. All is grace, Lord, all is grace. Thank you even for the crazy person who said it would only take two hours!
Thank you, Lord, for the chiropractor who fixed my back which I strained putting together that hutch.
Lord, I attended Mass in a small chapel with a small gathering of people. The final song was “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” This was the song we chose as the final farewell for my brother, the ex-marine, who has been with you for almost a year now. Thank you, Lord. At first I thought, what a strange song to choose, but then I saw it was your Holy Spirit at work. It was as if my brother was saying, “I’m fine. I’m good. I’m here with God.” Thank you, Lord, for such a wonderful blessing.
Well, Lord, I was driving down the road thinking ‘profound thoughts’ and how I’d like to share them today. Then I got busy, forgot to write them down, and for the life of me can’t remember what it was all about. So, instead, I’ll share this quote from TheRoad of Hope: A Gospel from Prison by Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, whose cause for canonization is under way.
"Though it is impossible to avoid tension completely, it is possible to diminish it. In the first place, remember that God does not expect you to do everything; and secondly, God gives you the time and the means to carry out the work he has entrusted to you. If despite all your efforts and good will you cannot fulfill a task, then it is not God’s will for you to complete it. Do not be tense or disappointed; remain calm!"
Feels like a spaghetti and movie night, Lord. Many thanks for The Princess Bride and marinara.
 My apologies for the inability to use the correct diacritical marks in the name of this Servant of God.
 He wrote these from prison on scraps of paper as a way to encourage the Vietnamese people. Click the link and read his 10Rules for Life. Very inspiring man.