Splenda is to Eating as the Pill is to . . . : 7 Quick Takes IV

by | Mar 15, 2013 | 7 Quick Takes, Kendra's Thoughts, Lent, Lent, Liturgical Living, Parenting, Parties, Saints, Seasonal | 9 comments

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Two of my boys can say they were named for a Pope, but only one can say that a Pope was named for him.  (Sorry Gus!)  

When Gus was a toddler, a priest once remarked to me,
“If you didn’t want him to give you trouble,
you probably shouldn’t have named him Augustine.”  
God Bless Pope Francis!

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We are currently expecting 74 adults and 88 kids for our Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hooley this Sunday.  Baking for a hungry horde doesn’t bother me, but doing it during Lent does, since we give up treats on all but Sundays, Feast days, and Papal Election days.  

Here, suffer along with me:

Don’t worry, they’ll be frosted.
Aren’t they cute?  I finally found white cupcake wrappers that don’t disappear on chocolate cupcakes!  At Party City of all places.

I made a little deal with myself that I wouldn’t eat any full items, but that to throw away the crumbs would just be wasteful.
Fortunately the brownie bites are the crumbliest:

They’re supposed to be pots of gold,
I’m not sure if that’s coming across.

We’re looking forward to the feasting, singing, and carrying on!

For more on how we roll for St. Patrick’s Day, see here.  And if you prefer St. Joseph, there’s also here.

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Great Moments in Homeschooling (in which birthday parties totally count as PE)

Anita (at the skating rink): Look Mommy, those boys are ice skating and playing golf at the same time.

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It has been HOT here in the Valley:

(oh mah ga Becky, like, totally hot)
This was in the late afternoon shade.

But the kids are enjoying it:



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Pope Francis was the Ordinary for Eastern-rite faithful in Argentina who lack an Ordinary of their own rite, giving hope to some that he might be able to bridge the gap that still exists between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches.  Pope John Paul II famously said that the Catholic Church must “breathe with two lungs” — East and West alike — rather than with only one Western, or Latin, lung.  

Pope Francis has only one lung.  


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Want to support a vocation?  Do NOT want to run a marathon?  Jenn can help.  She’s trying to raise money to pay off her student debt so she can enter the community of The Norbertine Cannonesses  of the Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph this coming autumn.

She’ll do the running and pray for your intentions, you help fund her vocation.  Everybody wins.

Check out LitanyRun for more information.

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The problem with contraception is that it allows a person to separate the pleasure of a physical act from the results God intended to accompany it.  Doesn’t Splenda do the same thing?

Thank you Conversion Diary!


  1. Jeanne G.

    I noticed the irony in #5 as well. Maybe he needs both the East and West to somehow fulfill having the correct number of lungs.

    I agree with #7, in that we shouldn't have artificial sweeteners either. They also aren't good for you.

  2. Kathleen Basi

    I love #4 and #7 both! They make me laugh. I can't stand any of the non-sugar sweeteners. They taste terrible! I think Splenda's supposed to be okay for you, isn't it? Or no, wait, that's the stevia. But even stevia tastes bad! And don't get me started on Aspartame…

  3. Katie

    #6- She just posted in our Run for Vocations group . . . I really hope she is able to raise lots of money!
    #1- Too funny . . . maybe the next Pope will take Augustine????
    #7- Nope . . Splenda is really bad for you and has horrible side effects . . . it is better to have sugar.

  4. Nanacamille

    When "Just plain Gus" was being baptized right after Thanksgiving at only a week old the sun shown into the church right on to him and stayed there never hitting anyone else. Maybe he'll be the Pope one day….after lots of trouble making of course.

  5. Rosie

    That top picture is AMAZING! And probably timeless – somehow I doubt we'll ever have a Pope Augustine… But how would the media take it? "Pope takes name of huge sinner!" "Pope's name alludes to illicit past!"

    Oh wait, they'll try to dig up dirt regardless…

  6. Patty

    How cute is that picture of your little ones wearing miters…what a joyful celebration of our faith!

  7. Abby S.

    Gus may not be a pope, but Bishop of Hippo is nothing to sneeze at. And I like how he takes it all in stride! Abby


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