In Which there is Feasting, Fasting, Fake Quotes, Feuding, Finding Out, Fourteen Thousand, and the Fair

Today's Seven Quick Takes are brought to you by the letter . . . F.

- one -

I'm at Blessed Is She today, sharing some thoughts about observing the feasts and the fasts on the liturgical calendar.

You can read the post here, and sign up to receive the daily emails here, if you'd like.

- two -

Happy Feast of Blessed Theresa of Calcutta. She died on this day in 1997. What an inspiration is her life.

I'm pretty sure this is an authentic Mother Theresa quote. I found it in a book . But, wow, are there ever a lot of quotes attributed to her that are unverifiable or just flat out not true. They're all great quotes. It's just that other people said them. I guess she probably doesn't mind too much.

- three -

There has been a lot of talk over the past couple of days about Venerable Fulton Sheen, and his cause for canonization. I cannot be unbiased, because I know and love the mother of the boy who was the miracle set to advance Archbishop Sheen to the ranks of the blesseds.

I would love to see Fulton Sheen beatified and then named a saint. HE doesn't need it. He's all set. We here on Earth, the Church Militant, WE need it. We need examples of holiness. We need to learn how to get to Heaven, to know that's it's possible. We need to see people we can identify with, who fought the good fight, and won. I love the idea that someone who had a TV show, who won an EMMY, could be a canonized saint. What an inspiration he could be to all the people in the entertainment industry. I'm disappointed that it looks like we'll have to wait, at least a little while longer.

But mostly, what I am is disappointed that we the people, Catholic and not, are a party to these behind the scenes squabbles between good and holy men. Bishop Jenky, Cardinal Dolan, I'm going to tell you what I tell my kids: I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT. WORK IT OUT AMONGST YOURSELVES.

- four -

In all the hullabaloo concerning the reluctance of the Archdiocese of New York to allow the exhumation of the body of Venerable Fulton Sheen for inspection and for the collection of a first class relic, as is customary in these proceedings . . . it seems like there are a lot of questions from Catholics and non-Catholics alike on the question of relics. I'm hearing a lot of concern about what the deal is with relics.

The short answer is that the veneration of relics is a tradition that goes back to the time of the apostles, is referenced in the Bible, and was practiced by the Church Fathers. It's just how we do.

I found this post really helpful:

- five -

In case you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church, RCIA classes begin this week at most parishes.

- six -

I asked you guys for your prayers, then didn't ever update you. Sorry! But the good news is that my husband, father, and son were successful in their Mt. Whitney climb! 14,505 feet! The took the main trail, which they got permits for by lottery. It took two days, two acclimatization stops, 21 miles and 6200 feet to get there. Jack is the toughest twelve year old I know.

If you have a few minutes to spare, you can relive the whole thing with them:

- seven -

And lastly, we went to the fair. Certainly, you'll want proof of that.

Have a great weekend!

And head over to Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!