Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Catholic Carnival LXXI

From posts that challenge us to engage both our mind and heart, looking inward in order to look outward, to posts that remind us of the nuts and bolts of our faith, there is much food for thought in this week's collection.

At Ramblings of a GOP Soccer Mom Christine discusses how the homily at the Rite of Election, based on the gospel readings about the enemy of the man who sowed wheat, affected her in a post called The Bishop’s Homily.

A powerful experience of meditating on the cross can be found at CowPi Journal in a post called He Died For Me. In it we are challenged to ask ourselves if we have accepted Christ's sacrifice and death in our hearts. If we believe that if we were the only person in the world that Christ would have died for us.

During Lent, as we search our hearts, Moneybags over at A Catholic Life delves deep in a post titled The Necessity of Confession
where he discusses how so many people don't go to Confession and many more don't understand its importance. He talks about the need to go to Confession in a post rooted in Biblical and Catechism references.

Recognizing the need for our faith to proceed from a lived koinonia,Fred from Deep Furrows in his post, I Want More than a Conservatism of Ideas, wrestles with the best way to approach engagement with the world.

Over at Diary Of A City Parishioner Leo, in his post Vital and Important Matters, challenges readers with thoughts on one thing that is needful.

Another post that is timely during this Lenten season can be found over at Rifugio San Gaspare. In The Letters of St. Gaspar Fr. Keyes shares a gem of a quote from letter 2598. There are nearly 4000 letters of St. Gaspar del Bufalo available and Fr. Keyes is slowly but surely putting them online. Letters 2501 through 2750 are the latest ones uploaded.

From the blog On Pilgrimage Nate Nelson in his post Labor Riots, Labor Rights, discusses the need for a middle ground between socialism and laissez-faire capitalism, reflecting on what it means to see Christ in our neighbor and how the corporal works of mercy relate to labor rights.

In a third post in his series on NFP, Funky Dung from Ales Rarus focuses on addresses given by Pope Pius XII in Investigating NFP:Pius XII.

The current emphasis on lay ministry concentrates on service provided inside the parish. Herb Ely, in his post called Dismissal Ratio - an Index of Parish Effectiveness estimates that for every person providing service to a parish there are 200 providing service to the world in their jobs or other volunteer activities. He goes on to say that in the spirit of Vatican II, parish liturgies should build to the dismissal and send people forth "in joy to love and serve the Lord" - from Monday through Saturday.

Judith over at Our Word and Welcome to It sheds light on a recent news story which tells of the "marriage" of a woman and a dolphin in her post That Slippery Slope. She goes on to say that such is the slippery slope we encounter when we mess with the definition of marriage. It takes courage to stand up to this threat - do the leaders in our Church have it?

At Crusader of Justice Justice, in a post called Marriage Again analyzes some comments on marriage made in the blogosphere last week.

Faith and Vocation is the name of a reflection for the feast of St. Joseph by Kevin Miller over at HMS Blog. In this post he focuses on the meaning and importance of Christian faith.

In a reflection on our Lord's response to his Mother and
St. Joseph in the Temple, called Where Christ Is, Penitens from A Penitent Blogger writes about the questions our Lord's response raises for our lives.

A brief answer to the question: "Why should evangelicals have become so politically active of late, even to the extent of wanting our Republic to be explicitly Christian?" can be found in the post The Left Ended the Separation by David over at Be Here Mondays.

Catholicam Speluncam Masculum over at Catholic Caveman higlights the dubious behaviour by several Catholic Universities in "Catholic" Universities Link to and Endorse Local Abortuaries.

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