This week, we're hosting the Catholic Carnival for the first time here at Musings from a Catholic Bookstore, and there are some great posts about holding on to the faith we share, even in these difficult times.
To start us off, the current economic situation is on everyone's mind these days, and Christine at A Catholic View gives us an excellent discussion on the current crisis with her post 1929 vs 2008: Similar forces at work eight decades apart. It helps explain where the situation is now, and how we got here.
Jean at Catholic Fire recently was able to attend a Right to Life of Kansas conference, where the keynote address was given by Jim Sedlak, executive director of STOPP International and Vice President of the American Life League. In her informative post The Evils of Planned Parenthood; What You Can Do to Stop Them, she shares with us some of his ideas, exposing the truth of Planned Parenthood, what they don't want us to know, and what we all need to know. It's especially important for people to learn the truth before this upcoming election, and to share the truth with others.
With the election just around the corner, Elena at My Domestic Church explores some of the reasons why voting for Obama might seem like logical choice for her current situation, but why her conscience would never allow it. In her post Response from Poverty, she reminds us that there are more important issues to consider this election than just economics, and why nothing is more important than protecting and respecting life.
In a post I really identified with, Christine at Domestic Vocation gives us some Perspective with a side of Cheval Blanc, 1947. It's easy to forget how good we Catholics have it here in America, even with the current tensions going on. She reminds us why we should be thankful every day, even for those things we'd rather gripe about - even for those Masses that fail to meet our preferences.
At Prepare for Mass, this week's post Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's; God what is God's helps us prepare for this Sunday's timely readings by exploring how to live both as a citizen and as a Christian. Now is the perfect time to learn more about this question.
Kevin at Heart, Mind & Strength offers a beautiful reflection on this past Sunday's readings in Dressing for the Wedding Feast. Are we living in this world in such a way that is allowing us to be prepared and dressed for the wedding feast awaiting us in heaven?
Lectio from a Monastery Chapel gives us Back in Lent 2008. These are some highlights of the first of the four sermons that Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached to the papal household in Lent 2008, which he devoted to the theme of "the word of God" in preparation for the Synod of Bishops that is currently in progress. Sometimes it's easy to forget how important a role God's word plays in our lives, but this post reminds us how central it is - including those times it seems like that one reading was meant just for us.
It's always sad to lose a close friend, but there is joy in knowing how blessed we were to have that person in our life. Lionel offers a touching remembrance of a good friend who passed away, and how she lived a life of constant joy in the Lord despite sickness and trials, in his post How I Remember Mother T.
At This That and Other Thing, we get a review of a Great Book for Adoration, Jesus, Present Before Me. This lovely prayer book offers meditations for Adoration, meant to help center us in front of the Eucharist.
Speaking of the Eucharist, A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars offers A Word about the Eucharist and why, as the source and summit of our faith, it deserves more reverence than we typically give. This beautiful reflection will certainly give you something to think about.
In addition to the Eucharist, praying the Rosary can be a great boost for our faith. Sarah at Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering shares The Comfort of the Rosary, her thoughts on the comforting role the Rosary plays in her life. It's a perfect reminder of why we dedicate the month of October to the Holy Rosary, and a reminder of why so many turn to the Rosary in times of need.
To end things this week, Catholic Matriarch reminds us that above all we must be Faithful in Spite of Frustration. It's easy to get worn down by all that seems to be going wrong in the world lately, especially when we see no fruits coming out of all our efforts to evangelize. She recalls the words of Mother Teresa, "We are called upon not to be successful, but to be faithful." Ultimately we can always have hope in Jesus, and that anything is possible through Him.
I know I would be nowhere without my Catholic faith, and this week's batch of great posts show that we can trust Jesus to bring light even to the darkest places and times. Thanks to everyone who participated!