Friday, March 1, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 3)


--- 1 ---
Hopefully all of you have been able to read the transcript of Pope Benedict XVI's final general audience that took place this Wednesday. If not, you should check out his beautiful words here. This is one quote (of many) from his speech that I love:

"They write as brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, with the sense of very affectionate family ties. Here, one can touch what the Church is – not an organization, not an association for religious or humanitarian purposes, but a living body, a community of brothers and sisters in the Body of Jesus Christ, who unites us all. To experience the Church in this way and almost be able to touch with one’s hands the power of His truth and His love, is a source of joy, in a time in which many speak of its decline."
--- 2 ---
His Eminence Rainer Maria Woelki
This week I discovered that there are some pretty inventive and inspiring ways to get involved and pray for our Cardinals as they prepare for the upcoming conclave. For example, we've got the Adopt a Cardinal prayer campaign, Fantasy Conclave (think fantasy football...but with Cardinals and ways to learn about the papacy), the #ThanksPontifex movement (for those of you on Twitter), and more. My hope is that all of these things will remind people to pray for the Catholic Church and our Cardinals during this significant and historical time. Oh, and the Cardinal I "adopted" is his eminence Rainer Maria Woelki of the diocese of Berlin, Germany. Have any of you adopted a Cardinal, too? Who will you be praying for?

--- 3 ---
I'm not sure what happened to February, but it has come and gone. Here are a few highlights I'm excited for in March: St. Patrick's day (the feast of my husband's confirmation Saint!), March Madness (do I hear the sound of a 6th banner finding its way into [the real] Assembly Hall?!), hopefully a trip to Cambridge/Boston to see my older sister, brother-in-law, and 2 beyond adorable nieces, a new Pope, Holy Week, Easter, aaand our 20-week ultrasound!

--- 4 ---
Did I mention our 20-week ultrasound? For those of you who haven't yet had a baby: this is the big ultrasound. Considering this is my 16th week, I counted on the calendar and assumed the ultrasound would be in the 20th week exactly...making it Holy Week (awesome!). However, when I called they told me we could actually do it the week before. So please pray for us on Wednesday, March 20th! If it's God's will for us to find out that day whether it's a boy or girl then we will. If not, we'll have to wait.

--- 5 ---
This week I landed a random, last-minute gig helping take care of 4-month old twins. Their mom happens to be the sister of one of my former bosses in undergrad and because said boss knew I live in Ann Arbor now and so does her sister, she recommended me. They needed some assistance while the cardiology fellow father works nights and their nanny is on vacation - which means I am practically living at their place from Thursday until Saturday (just this week!) so their mom can get some sleep before she does her 2 days of outside the home work and their dad can sleep during the day. I've never before had experience with twin babies or even a baby boy for that matter. Please pray for me! I sound a bit crazy for saying yes to this, but I really liked my former boss and her sister is equally sweet so I really wanted to help them, I'm making bank while getting future mom training. Not to mention, these babies are adorable!

--- 6 ---
Has all this hype about how we should have an African Pope made anyone else fall in love with how awesome Cardinal Arinze is??? Whether you're Catholic or simply interested in understanding a bit of Catholic theology, I hope you enjoy this video gem. Seriously, please watch it.

--- 7 ---
Want to see an example of real love? The unconditional kind that God so generously gives us and the kind that we vow to always strive to give our spouses? Then watch this video (via Jen). Consider yourselves warned, though: maybe it's because I'm pregnant but this video definitely made me cry. Okay, really I would have cried even if I weren't pregnant. So either way it will pull on your heart strings.

Happy Friday! For more Quick Takes head over to Jen's blog!


  1. Ugh, that video had me sobbing like crazy, too! Such a beautiful, sacrificial love. I got to hear Cardinal Arinze give a talk a few years ago and it was amazing, but I haven't really kept up with his words since then--I really need to use the conclave as an excuse to brush up on my Cardinals =) Have a good weekend, Steph; I'll be praying for you guys!

    1. Ahh, I wish I could hear Cardinal Arinze speak in person!!! How awesome. I am also trying to brush up on my Cardinal knowledge, haha. Thanks for the prayers!

  2. I loved that video about that sweet couple. Good luck with the ultrasound. Ask the tech to explain what he is checking. It is so cool to see how our bodies are knit together.

  3. So excited that I found your blog! Aside from the fact that we have the same name (although spelled differently), there are quite a few similarities! I'm looking forward to checking out more of your posts! Congratulations on your pregnancy! The 20-week ultrasound is so fun!

  4. video made me cry and I am not pregnant. That is an awesome love from God demonstrated on earth.

  5. I love all the resources coming out for the papacy and the conclave...I've been showing them to the teens in Youth Ministry, and some of them are as excited as I am! Prayers for your exciting!!

    1. Some of them are seriously creative! I can imagine that teens could really get into all of the different "fantasy" leagues and whatnot. Thanks for the prayers! :)

  6. Stephanie..finally got around to the Liebster award :) Thank you again- it was actually a lot of fun! Have a blessed weekend.

  7. Hey Stephanie, I nominated you for the Leibster Award! Check it out here:

  8. I had a dream the other night that you and I were hanging out. You said you had an exciting announcement and I thought for sure you were going to tell me the gender of baby Kung! Instead, you announced (very proudly) "I'm going to start making pancakes on Tuesdays!" I've been laughing about your pancake enthusiasm all week. :)
    I hope your ultrasound goes well, love. I can't wait to hear your real announcement!


    1. Haha, recently Michael said to me, "You never make pancakes anymore (on the weekends)." Which was his way of hinting that we should resume this practice.... So perhaps in some odd way this is yet another sign I should make pancakes.

      Oh, and wait until you're pregnant someday - my pregnancy dreams are getting increasingly more weird and random each night!