7 Quick Takes Friday – September 21

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

It’s a dreary, cool, rainy Friday here in Ontario. I haven’t posted to my blog this week because I was working with four different deadlines.

Here are my Quick Takes for this week:

1. Growing Up in God’s Image Made it #3 This Week!
Growing Up in God’s Image:A New Approach to the Facts of Life Talk, my company’s newest book on how to talk to your kids about sex, reached #3 in all “Religious Education” print books this week and has been in the top ten in several categories on Kindle. I’m giving away one free print copy! To be entered, leave a comment below before September 28th! For more information, to read an excerpt and reviews, check out the book’s website.

2. Angela’s Song
Full Quiver’s upcoming release is called Angela’s Song by AnnMarie Creedon. I’ve been working hard on the final edits and the manuscript is now at the printer. I’m also working on the Kindle edition and it should be ready in time for the October 7 release date. For more information, check out the novel’s website.

3. Interesting Article on Waiting Until Marriage to Have Sex
Waiting Till the Wedding Night: Getting Married the Right Way Excellent opinion piece by a news journalist regarding his decision to wait until marriage to have sex.
“Let me preface this column by saying this: my wife…and I not only waited sexually in every way (no, we didn’t pull the Bill Clinton and technically avoid “sex” sex,) but we didn’t shack up as live-ins and most importantly, we courted each other in a way that was consistent with our publicly professed values. We did it right…

4. Another Great Article on Pre-Marital Chasity
The Journey Towards Marriage- Relationships before marriage from the perspective of a newly engaged couple On September 8, 2012, the feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Imre of Habsburg-Lorraine married Miss Kathleen Walker at St. Mary’s Church in Washington, DC. This is an excellent article by the royal couple on marriage preparation and their decision to wait until marriage to have sex.
“We decided that the relationship we are building will one-day be sealed by the gift of our sexuality, a gift protected and nurtured by the knowledge that we have already made a final commitment in the freedom that comes from knowing that sexual intimacy takes place in a permanent, respectful and loving friendship. The limitation of sexual activities to marriage is thus not to be understood as interdiction, but rather as a positive option, in which two persons are able and willing to give themselves to each other, and even to sacrifice for the good of the other.”

5. Why Do Catholic Women Reject Their Own Church’s Teaching on Contraception?
Why Do Catholic Women Reject their Church’s Teachings on Contraception: Now We Know Excellent post from LifeSiteNews on why many Catholic women do not follow Church teaching on birth control and the importance of priests giving homilies about the Church’s teachings on sexuality.
“The latter can be deduced from the fact that 72 per cent of women surveyed said they rely mainly on the homily at Sunday Mass for learning about the faith, and yet just 15 per cent of that group fully accept the Church’s teaching on sex and reproduction. The weekly Mass homily, the authors say, “seems to represent a lost opportunity when it comes to conscience formation on the contraception issue.”

6. Books I’m Reading and Reviewing
I’ve got a huge pile of books waiting to be reviewed, but here are three I will be reviewing over the next few weeks:
Sarah Reinhard’s “A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism.” Look for my review on October 14 and I’ll be giving away not one, but TWO copies of this wonderful book.

Better by the Dozen Plus Two by James and Kathleen Littleton


Bread Upon the Water by Deanna Klingel

7. “Cease Fire”
I’d like to end today’s Quick Takes with one of our classic cartoons (2007):

Don’t forget! If you want to be entered to win a free print copy of Growing Up in God’s Image, leave a comment below!

Cartoon copyright Full Quiver Publishing/ James and Ellen Hrkach

10 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes Friday – September 21

  1. That is very sad and true about most Catholics learning mostly through homilies alone. It is good on one hand that they go to Mass regularly enough to actually hear and glean ANYTHING from the homilies; yet I never hear priests give homilies on sexual topics. When the bishop wrote a letter to the diocese to be read at each parish informing them of the dangers and evils of the HHS mandate issues the priest concluded with a lengthy statement on how birth control really isn’t that bad. It took all within me not to get up and scream “LIAR! It’s intrinsically evil!!! Are you even Catholic!?!” I held myself back but did have a heated talk with him afterward. I talk to so many ppl about the damage contraception has and I love how this book – growing up in Gods image – will help give me a tool to introduce the truth on sexual issues to my future kids. EVERYONE needs this book.

    • Thanks so much, Michelle! All I can say is Amen! We’ve had the opposite experience you have…20 years ago, our parish priest stood up and preached against contraception (I wanted to stand up and cheer!) and several people left the parish. We have been blessed with faithful priests in our parish who do not hesitate to speak the truth re: Church’s teachings on sexuality.

  2. I’m so excited that Growing Up In God’s Image made it to #3! That means that it’s in a lot of hands where it will reach a lot of kids who will be blessed by the teachings and truths of the Church about married love and sexuality. Keep up the great work!

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  4. The articles are very interesting. The FOX news guy’s story about the bride eating alone the morning after the wedding made me wince–those are the situations when I want to take people by the shoulders and say “DUDE! WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM??????? WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?????” I do wish, though, that he hadn’t hit so hard on justifying judgment while simultaneously claiming Christianity. Judgment and Christian living do not go together, and when we justify it,it makes us look like hypocrites. There has to be a better, less emotion-based, way to approach these topics. But I suppose they wouldn’t get ratings. :(

  5. In our diocese, when priests have spoken the Church teaching on contraception from the pulpit, the former bishop immediately removed them from their parish and moved them clear across the state. Under the current bishop, if a priest is assigned to the vicar-general’s parish, they get kicked out and sent elsewhere.

    I think something is really wrong in the lives of Catholics when they are not making time to study their Faith throughout their lives. Also, I would say that most parishes aren’t making the best use of technology. A priest or deacon or qualified layman could conduct regular classes via online conferencing which could be offered at various times so many parishioners could take advantage of it.

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