Quick Takes Friday | lacydelagarza

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1) Phew! This week has been so crazy I actually forgot it was Quick Takes Day until I got my daily email from The Catholic Couponer – thanks for the reminder Beth Anne!

2) Part of why my week was crazy was my much-needed trip to California, the land of sun and desert and stars!  I miss living in places where I can walk out at night, look up and be covered by a blanket of never-ending stars.  Texas is a lot of wonderful things, but not all of it has that luxury.  Courtesy of wikipedia, take a look at the difference in A and B.  The first picture is what it looks like in rural California.  The second one is  what it looks like when I walk outside at night, here:

3) Speaking of Texas, let’s take a moment to just appreciate the beauty that can be found here, shall we?

(Credit  for the picture.)

4) Did you know that Ashton Kutcher is suing the DMV? One more reason to like him, in my book. Story here.

5) On my mind lately: organizing this mess of my desk.  Any suggestions, short of a complete overhaul? (That’s coming soon enough, don’t worry.)  I’m already subscribed to Organize.com and The Container Store e-alerts but everything costs so much $$… I know there’s gotta be a way to do this and still have some cash left to spend on technology to put on my desk!

6) I have my first radio interview next week! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers! Nervous right now but I know everything will be okay …!

7) And as always, a prayer to close the week prior. Today is the feast of St. Thomas More, a powerhouse of a saint, who happens to be the patron of statesmen and politicians.  In this heated political climate, it is always a good reminder to turn to his life and see that not so long ago, men were capable of great things in political office … May St. Thomas More see fit to intercede for our nation now struggling to adhere to the tenets of basic morality.  (If you’re interested, click here to read the Moto Proprio proclaiming St. Thomas More the patron of these things)

I give you, a prayer written by St. Thomas More while imprisoned in the Tower of London.

† In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Give me the grace, Good Lord

To set the world at naught. To set the mind firmly on You and not to hang upon the words of men’s mouths.

To be content to be solitary. Not to long for worldly pleasures. Little by little utterly to cast off the world and rid my mind of all its business.

Not to long to hear of earthly things, but that the hearing of worldly fancies may be displeasing to me.

Gladly to be thinking of God, piteously to call for His help. To lean into the comfort of God. Busily to labor to love Him.

To know my own vileness and wretchedness. To humble myself under the mighty hand of God. To bewail my sins and, for the purging of them, patiently to suffer adversity.

Gladly to bear my purgatory here. To be joyful in tribulations. To walk the narrow way that leads to life.

To have the last thing in remembrance. To have ever before my eyes my death that is ever at hand. To make death no stranger to me. To foresee and consider the everlasting fire of Hell. To pray for pardon before the judge comes.

To have continually in mind the passion that Christ suffered for me. For His benefits unceasingly to give Him thanks.

To buy the time again that I have lost. To abstain from vain conversations. To shun foolish mirth and gladness. To cut off unnecessary recreations.

Of worldly substance, friends, liberty, life and all, to set the loss at naught, for the winning of Christ.

To think my worst enemies my best friends, for the brethren of Joseph could never have done him so much good with their love and favor as they did him with their malice and hatred.

These minds are more to be desired of every man than all the treasures of all the princes and kings, Christian and heathen, were it gathered and laid together all in one heap.

Amen †

Texas declares new ‘energy emergency’ – FT.com [ALSO: Homeless in TX? How to get involved / Where to go for help]

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Texas declares new ‘energy emergency’ – FT.com.

“The Texas grid operator warned this week of rolling blackouts or power cuts to industrial customers. It said all power sources were being tapped to meet record demand amid an unrelenting heatwave that knocked out power from 20 plants.

The crisis follows three months of record power demand amid 100 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. In February, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas was forced to institute rolling blackouts amid a winter freeze.

“I would encourage President Obama to call an energy summit,’’ Mr McCullough said. “Electricity is the only energy you cannot import.’’”


Oi vey!  This heat wave is astronomical!  There are major ‘drought’ signs everywhere in Texas.  The houses are shifting like mad, and foundational shifts are causing major roof and structural damage …..


If you live in Texas, don’t water during the daytime!!!


October (or rather respite, whenever that may be) cannot come soon enough!



You can always volunteer and donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a national non-profit charitable organization.  Check out North Texas Food Bank, Texas Food Bank Network, Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, or West Texas Food Bank to find out where you can donate bottled water to the homeless of our beloved state.


Thoughts on: “When the Best Place to be Born is the Worst Place to be Conceived | Blogs | NCRegister.com”

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Thoughts on: “When the Best Place to be Born is the Worst Place to be Conceived | Blogs | NCRegister.com.”

A friend asked a seemingly innocuous question recently: “If you could choose to be born in any time and place, when and where would it be?” Not surprisingly, my answer was: “Here in modern America.” The answer seemed obvious: By being born here and now, not only would I likely make it to adulthood thanks to our blessedly low infant mortality rates, but I would go on to have a life of freedom! We have unprecedented levels of personal freedom in our culture, and what’s not to love about that?

But my argument was turned on its head when my friend followed up with a similar question, to which I had a startlingly different reaction: “When and where would you choose to be conceived?”

Suddenly, modern America plummeted to near the bottom of the list….”

Jennifer Fulwiler has a very good point here.  She goes on to cite abortion statistics for this great big country of ours, harrowing statistics at that.

The answer to the abortion question is hardly a sound-byte.  It is a complex answer that involves  a lot of moving pieces; increased help for pregnant women, an increased network of support for those who choose to raise their child as well as for those who choose to place their child in an adoptive home, a better connection between couples who are willing to adopt and the mothers who want to place their children for adoption, and a lengthy laundry list of other factors as well.

I look at the numbers again and wonder how many pregnancies of Christian and even Catholic women that have been ended out of shame and fear of humiliation.  We as Christians are called to help and love one another without judgment, but how often does this actually happen?  How often do we look at a young pregnant girl without a ring on her finger and roll our eyes and continue on our way?  There are factors we are unaware of when we cast that hasty judgment, but our disapproval is only read as a judgment on her decision to carry the pregnancy to term.  Is that really what we want?  There are probably choices she made she is regretting or rethinking now, as she is wearing the product of a few bad decisions on her body for the next 9 months, and it is not possible to go back in time to change those.  We are present in the here and now, and the situation must be dealt with as it is, not in ideal fantasy-world where this would not have happened.

Offering help to pregnant women is the first and biggest change that can affect the abortion numbers.  So many women are unaware that help even exists; they think their circumstances are  beyond the scope of understanding and that they are alone.  How far from the truth this can be, if they only knew.

“When the best place to be born is the worst place to be conceived….” there is a problem.  Who will be part of the solution?

  • Check out Maggie’s Place, “a community that provides houses of hospitality for expectant mothers who are alone or are living on the streets.” (Phoenix, AZ; Tempe, AZ; Glendale, AZ; Cleveland, OH)
  • Check out the White Rose Women’s Center, “for the woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy”. (Central Expressway in Dallas,TX; Greenville Avenue in Dallas, TX)

(Side note: I am always looking to increase my list of crisis pregnancy assistance, so if you know of a place that might make my list, please let me know.)