It is with great pleasure that I bring to you the 92nd Catholic Carnival. Welcome! I do hope you enjoy what you find and will continue to visit, even if I'm not hosting a supremely popular 'blog Carnival. Below are 21 posts from 21 blogs and 20 people spanning a great number of topics, all sharing something in common: great writing and a love of the faith!
Kicking off this week will be John Gebaw at A Grain of Wheat
with his thoughts on the solemnities of All Saints and All Souls in a post titled 'Poor Souls'
. I wish I could say more without giving away his thoughts. Be assured it's a good one - short and sweet. Nice work, John!
Up next is Bettnet.com - Musings of Domenicio Bettinelli
with 'Studies show “safe environment” programs don’t work'
. As the title suggests, a series of studies researched by a task force of the Catholic Medical Association concludes that many of the "safe environment" programs implemented by dioceses in the wake of the Scandal actually do more harm than good. In addition to the findings of the Assocication, Dom offers his own commentary, practical and wise. Thanks for the submission, Mr. Bettinelli!
One stop at just another day of Catholic pondering
and you're a goner - a reader for life. Sarah is always challenging us in spiritual matters and she does no less with her submission titled 'Listening to God'
. Sharing a recent revelation and a personal goal, Sarah opens with this: "In the midst of all the things I need to do, I sometimes lose sight of what I'm supposed to be doing. It's all too easy for me to get caught up in what needs done, without considering my true priorities. Sometimes, in the banging and clanging of my running around, I forget to stand still and I completely miss out on that still, small voice." Wonderful, as always, Sarah!
Looking for a simple way to evangelize? Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii
offers a solution: use the USPS's Madonna and Child Christmas stamp throughout the year. An idea deveoloped by the late Father Gerard J. Leicht, it is called The Madonna and Child Postal Stamp Project
. Doesn't get much easier than that. Thanks for the idea, Esther!
Kevin Miller at the HMS (Heart Mind and Strength) blog
talks to us about the Sunday (11/05/06) Mass readings, focusing on the importance and meaning of love of God. Appropriately titled 'The Greatest Commandment'
, Kevin references passages from the Gospels of Matthew and John, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, making clear what is necessary to remember in these readings and helping us come to a fuller understanding of the message of Jesus in the Gospel. Thank you for your contribution, Kevin!
Sr. Edith Bogue, OSB, of Monastic Musings
talks to us this week about the restoration of the Baltimore Basilica, originally designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, architect of the U.S. Capitol. In her submission, Sister Edith spoke of her post (Restoration - The Batlimore Basilica
) saying this: "Even though I can't be there, the images of the restored Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption are truly inspiring. The more I explored the story, the more inspired I became." From what I can tell this was a truly remarkable restoration that has left a beautiful worship space for generations to come. A great post, Sr. Edith!
The apologetically inclined Nicholas Hardesty at phatcatholic apologetics
brings us Biblical Fundamentalism and the Catholic Biblical Hermeneutic
. If that's not a mouthfull I'm not sure what is. In this paper, Nick, a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville, examines the Church's critique of the Fundamentalist's approach to the Bible, and how this approach compares to the Catholic understanding and method of interpretation. Though sometimes a bit long, his papers and other writings are always worth the read. Check him out. As always, excellent work, Nick!
We have two posts from Christine this week! Watch out, y'all - she's on a roll! The first is over at Ramblings of a GOP Soccer Mom
. Titled 'Prayer for Election Day'
, Christine offers a prayer from Father Frank Pavone. With her and many others I'm sure, I'll be fasting and praying this prayer today. I would encourage each of you to do the same. On a similar note but at a different blog is the second post, "Building a Culture of Life in the Voting Booth”
. Here, at Domestic Vocation
, Christine not only asks for prayers and fasting for the election but also provides us links to information on various initiatives on ballots across the country. These initiatives will either help the Culture of Life or the Culture of Death. As she mentions in her submission, which one that will be depends on how well we as Catholics do in spreading the message. "Okay, so other people can help spread it, too, but hey, we have a mandate!" Couldn't have said it better myself, Christine! Thank you for both of your submissions!
Jay over at Deo Omnis Gloria
is also thinking politics this week. Pro-life politics. 'Voting Priorities 2006'
is a plea for all Christians to vote pro-life in the election today.
Ever watching out for his brothers and sisters in Christ, moneybags at A Catholic Life
offers 'Bad Websites: Catholics should avoid these'
. In this post, moneybags presents us with a list of websites that claim to be 'Catholic' but that are "generally opposed to the truth of the Faith". Thanks for the heads up, moneybags!
Have you tried using the CatholicBlogs search engine lately? You may have noticed that you can now search for three-letter words! Thanks to HerbEly at www.herbely.com
, CatholicBlogs.com has made a useful upgrade. In his post 'Search Engine Upgrade Enables a Comparison Catholic Blogosphere Interest in War, Sex, and Work'
, HerbEly takes us into his own searches and with his findings concludes... well, I won't give it away. Check it out for yourself! Thanks to you, HerbEly, for your contribution to our searches!
Admittedly one of my favorite submissions this week is Shaken and Stirred
from Mikala at The Magdelene Diaries
. Reflecting back on her experience during a quake, Mikala provides a great thought for contemplation. As my words here will do little justice to her post, I might as well just end by saying that she did a fabulous job in articulating her thoughts and is a great addition to this week's carnival. Just lovely, Mikala!
Hope. Her favorite word, her pen name, and as we find at the end of her post, something she gains in a single testimony. In this entry, 'Life on the Cerebral Plain'
(found at A Song Not Scored For Breathing
), Hope talks to us about Christ's question, "Who do you say that I am?" - a question which challenges her to live life from somewhere deeper than the cerebral plain. A touching post, Hope! Thank you!
It's not all moonlight and magnolia's with the Kitchen Madonna
as she and her son visit Gettysburg
. Find out how Catholicism transformed her personal burden of Southern history. (Wow! She gave me everything in two sentences! Thanks, KM!)
Jay at Living Catholicism
brings us 'A Reflection from St. Catherine of Sienna'
- a reflection on darkness and it's relation to perfection. This one will be good for Lent so be sure to tuck it someplace safe! Thanks to Jay for this.
Are you willing to lay it all down for Jesus Christ...are you willing to trust enough in God's grace and rely on His strength in order to answer His call? AdoroTeDevote (from AdoroTeDevote
) reminds us that "You have to suffer for what you love"
. A long post, to be sure, but also very good. An easy read and still a challenging one. Check it out. Excellent post, AdoroTeDevote!
Ruth from Wheelie Catholic
talks to us this week about napping. Okay not napping - resting... in the spiritual sense. Here's what she has to say: "Just as the concept of needing physical rest eludes some of us, it has taken me a long time to learn that when I seek and do God's will, I find spiritual rest through God's grace." Read all about it in her post 'Spiritual Rest'
. Nice post, Ruth. Thanks for your submission!
'Penitens' (A Penitent Blogger
) hits on a subject which I myself am very passionate about. The post 'Don't just write a check'
speaks to us all about meaning behind action and the call that Jesus gives to each of us. Read and be challenged. Thanks, Penitens!
Elena of My Domestic Church
(not mine, hers! hah!) writes: "A week or so ago, I wrote about a popular Catholic priest, Father King, in our area who was leaving the priesthood and possibly pursuing marriage. This evening I received a copy of a sermon delivered by another local priest, Father Burba, on the priesthood. He also counters some of the points made by Father King in his resignation speech. This is just an excellent read. If you have been looking for compelling argumentation for the celibant priesthood - this is it!" Read it in her post titled 'A case for the celibate priesthood'
. Thanks for being a part of the Carnival, Elena!
Wrapping up our carnival this week is an entry from Catholic Fire
. The entry, KLINE ON O'REILLY FACTOR: JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS, HERE ARE THE VIDEOS - POWERFUL STUFF!
(what a title!), links to video recordings of a powerful segment on The O'Reilly Factor dealing with the investigation into late-term abortionist George R. Tiller. Tiller is being investigated by Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline for the concealment of child rape and for illegal late-term abortions. Phill Kline runs against pro-death "Catholic" Paul Morrison for Attorney General, whose campaign is financed by Tiller. The entry also includes many links to posts on the development of this case. A highly informative post. Thanks, Catholic Fire!
As this carnival comes to an end, I invite you to reflect on these words from the servant of God, late Pope John Paul the Great in his message for World Communications Day, 2002:
"The internet causes billions of images to appear on millions of computer monitors around the planet. From this galaxy of sight and sound will the face of Christ emerge and the voice of Christ be heard?"
May God's will be done and His name always glorified in and through our lives. Happy blogging, y'all!
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