Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 19)


Yesterday, I had the lucky occurrence to join the thousands of people who have dropped their mobile phones into the toilet. It was in my back pocket and flipped out. Mad Skillz.


If you ever have the misfortune of dropping your phone into water, throw it into a bag of white rice ASAP. The rice will act as a desiccant and help to draw the water out of the device. Then start your Internet search on what to do next. Most will say, leave your device in the rice for 2-3 DAYS. Like I said, mad skillz.


I usually don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but I am going to take a stab at them this year. I resolve to read The Lord of the Ringsย and Anna Karenina, all the way through. With both of those books, I make a valiant effort and get started… and then… just… peter… out.


DH and I are debating “camping” out for the Rose Parade. We are not allowed to occupy Colorado Blvd until 11a the day before (so Jan. 1 since the parade is being held on the 2nd due to city regulations,) however. Plus, I don’t know if an all night party with a 4yo and a 2 yo is really the best idea.


DH was very generous this year and if you are on my Twitter feed, you know that I was the lucky recipient of a Dyson Vacuum. Little did I know that this marvelous piece of engineering would bring out some inner OCD tendencies and make my house cleaner than it has EVER been.


At Christmas Eve Mass, the cantor was this amazing 13 year old (my guesstimate.) Her final communion song choice was “O Holy Night” and she nailed it. Then… everybody clapped. In fact, the people in front of us pretty much jumped out of the pew. OK, what’s the big deal? Clapping at Mass, for me, is a pet peeve of mine and I find myself praying about it a lot. Why? For me… when we applaud at Mass, it seems as if we are celebrating the person (the cantor or the priest) for something THEY have done, rather than saving our glory for God or that the Mass would be somehow less meaningful or holy if we didn’t have “performers.” Opinions on the matter really varied on my FB page, and then someone sent me the Holy Father’s view on applause during Mass.


“Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been replaced by a kind of religious entertainment. Such attraction fades quickly – it cannot compete in the market of leisure pursuits, incorporating as it increasingly does various forms of religious titillation.” (Pope Benedict XVI)



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15 responses to “Seven Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 19)

  1. Glad your phone is well!
    I agree with you about clapping during mass. I’m not for it. Because my husband is the director of youth ministry, we do the youth mass – but our music group (I cantor, protestants would call it ‘leading worship’ but I don’t like that, either) doesn’t have a slot in the Christmas festivities, as a 5pm mass on Christmas won’t have much of a draw.
    So the music director for all the other masses runs the show, and let me tell you, there was nothing to applaud for. It was sad.

    Anyway. Some middleground, right? I’d bet anything that little girl sang so beautifully because she was consumed with the beauty of the song & The Subject of the song – and I’d be willing bet she didn’t even hear the applause, she was so relieved she was done.

    Sorry, just have to toss in my 2 cents ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh, she was AMAZING, don’t get me wrong, and I am sure she was glad to be done. I couldn’t imagine cantoring at Christmas Eve Mass! And you know, maybe there were people there just to see her sing and they were able to experience the beauty of the Mass as well.

  2. 1. I’m totally paranoid about that happening these days!
    3. I haven’t read A.K. since high school, but since I got married I’ve read LOTR about 8. Give yourself permission to skim, especially through the Council of Elrond which I think bogs down most people. Later you can read it with greater attention and see how much you missed, but you’ve really got to get through the whole thing once! Just once. Life will never be the same! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    7. I got applause on Christmas day for cantoring. I feel the way you & B16 do, but you know what? My pastor isn’t focussing the Mass on the Eucharist, as he should, so maybe my truly heartfelt singing (full of joy and mistakes!) did touch them and bring them closer to Christ. I can only hope.

    Happy New Year!

  3. 1. I haven’t done the toilet deal but I did wash it in the washing machine once ๐Ÿ™‚ A full cycle and even began drying it until I realized my drier shouldn’t be clacking….we were beyond rice at that point-_-
    3. I’ve been trying to make an effort to read a religious book. Abandonment to Divine Providence is one I’ve been “trying”to crack. My priest suggested it after my miscarriage and still haven’t been able to really get into it. Even downloaded it to my kindle but it seems the only time I can read is at bedtime and by then I end up falling asleep kindle and
    8. Have a happy New YEAR!

  4. Oh man, the clapping thing kills me too! I wrote about this on my blog, but at my dad’s church at Christmas Eve mass, they not only clapped on 3 separate occasions, but one of them was after the priest began the homily by singing (are you ready for this?) Santa Claus is Coming to Town!!!!!!!!!!! It was really hard for me to focus on the mass after that point. I have been debating saying something to the priest at my local church, because there is one mass I find particularly beautiful, but there is always clapping either after communion, right at the end, or at both times and it just ruins it for me. I guess I’m afraid of poor reception of my comment.

    Congrats on the Dyson! My mom gave me hers when she upgraded and I am soooo in love with it. It’s like a science experiment every time I vacuum!

  5. At my church they clapped at the very end. The worst is half the time the priest ENCOURAGES IT they wil say at the end “thank you to everyone that helped get the church ready for xmas and the wonderful choir blah blah blah” then clapping ensues.

    I think what annoys me more is when the choir sings songs not in the hymnals like it’s a concert for them i like to sing! Especially the xmas season when it’s okay to sing christmas songs during mass! Oh well we will never win ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  6. They clap at my parish too. It’s not a show! Oh well, there are worse things. I figure, at least people are coming to Mass.

    Yay Lord of The Rings! I hope you love it! I reread it several times, often using my kids as an excuse because I just had to read it to them. Did you read the Hobbit yet? I’d start with that.

  7. Corita

    I feel the same way about clapping…..BUT. I am always ready to shake it off if we are clapping for children. And a 13 year-old cantor leading songs on Christmas — unless she is a highly seasoned performer– qualifies as a child, for me.

    Also, for some reason your — image? link? — for no.7 isn’t coming up for me.

  8. 1- I’ve done that once before. May God have mercy on you.
    5- I am so jealous of your Dyson. I want one so badly but we have no carpet in our house so it would be silly. If Dyson could only make other cleaning appliances my house would be so clean!
    6- Agreed. Clapping during Mass is not for me. Nor do I like the “Good morning, Father!” at the beginning. Maybe that’s just me though…

    • Haha! I don’t like the trite Good Morning, Father, either. When it follows, “May the peace of the Lord be with you!…..And with your spirit.” How much more of a good morning do you need?

  9. jen

    #6 and 5: agreed. Praise the kid on the way out instead.

  10. Crunchy Con Mommy

    Ugh I agree about the clapping. I’ve never seen that quote from the Pope before though-good stuff!

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