Jen from Daughter of the King posted this week’s carnival. These last few weeks have had a really nice theme thing going. It fits the spirit of the carnival to let a theme develop naturally by the working of the Spirit in our writing.
Elena of My Domestic Church wrote a beautiful post about being open to life. I am so thankful for the Internet because of moments like these, when I read about two women who understand how God calls us to use our fertility. I don’t know if I would ever have made it back to the Church without the wealth of information I found on and via excellent websites. I had never heard of NFP offline. I have no idea if I’ll even have the opportunity to try it (I think getting married first might make that easier), but I think I want to. I listened last week to the acclaimed talk “Contraception: Why Not?” on a CD I picked up from the CSC. I was trying to multi-task, so I wasn’t completely focused, but it all sounded great to me.
Jen herself posted about the need to pray for vocations. How right she is. She cited a statistic that there is one priest for every 14,000 Catholics in her diocese (she didn’t say which one). Fourteen thousand. I was stunned. I pray for vocations every day. One person can only pray so much, though. Jen also posted about her own discernment process. She feels called to be the mother of a priest, which I think is a wonderfully close second to actually being one. I can only hope for such clear discernment in my own life.
Matthew (formerly Moneybags, still from A Catholic Life) posted his extended responses to an Our Sunday Visitor reporter’s questions about priestly celibacy. He’s entering seminary this year, so his opinion is definitely valuable. I like that he cites Scripture in his reply. Too many Catholics now don’t have a good command of the Bible; he is certainly not one of them.