Catholic Carnival 165
is has been up at A Catholic Canadian. Sean, the “Duct Tape Guy,” has outfitted the Carnival as both a blog post and a podcast this week. I’ve never been a huge fan of podcasts. I can only listen to Sunday Sunday Sunday because it averages about eight minutes. Podcasts are meant for people with iPods, so since I’ve never had an iPod, I think I prefer to stick with the Carnival blog post.
Kate Wicker posts about breastfeeding in public. This has been an issue for a long time, but I especially enjoyed her discussion. I’ve come around about a lot of Catholic-related issues over time, but I have to admit that breastfeeding still makes me uncomfortable. I could never quite figure out why, though. At our last Bible study before Spring Break, Lynelle’s maid of honor, Martha, visited with her six-day-old daughter, Gianna. She had covered baby Gianna before I arrived in the lobby, so I couldn’t tell what she was doing at first. Once I realized she was nursing, I started to feel uncomfortable. I don’t think I’ve ever had a conversation with a woman while she was nursing her baby, let alone one about faith and the Bible.
Kate was inspired by a Christopher West article in which he muses on why people from first-world countries are so appalled by public breastfeeding. His conclusion is that our culture is so “pornified” that we can’t see breasts as non-sexual anymore. We feel uncomfortable because we’re used to breasts signaling pornography. Either we think seeing that should be private (which is a lie), or we just dislike pornography (which we should). But even the Bible uses images of motherhood that include nursing (Luke 11:27). We’re so conditioned. Motherhood is beautiful. Breastfeeding has always been part of that. If we really want to support women and their natural ability to bear and raise children, we have to support breastfeeding. I need to work on that.
Teresa gives her Two Cents on taking her young son to the Great Easter Vigil. I went to the Vigil at the CSC. It was a blast; I’m going to miss that place terribly. I had invited a (non-Catholic) friend to join me this year, warning him that it would be a very long Mass, but he didn’t come. I commend Teresa for the effort it took to keep her son interested. I’m also ashamed that regular parishioners couldn’t even wait one additional minute for the priest to recess after Mass. We are Christians. Easter is kind of a big deal. If you’re not willing to put in some extra time, perhaps you should consider attending a different Mass…or ask God to change your heart.
Ebeth at A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars remarks that it’s vitally important for Catholic parents to study the Faith. It’s good for them, but it’s essential in bearing good witness to children and being able to answer their questions. Her point about the easy accessibility of Church teaching is important. When I wanted to read Spe Salvi for the MOE dinner, all I had to do was Google for a few minutes to find a handy English PDF. I can only imagine having to wait to buy a book—or even to get a translation!
Esther at A Catholic Mom in Hawaii (there are so many Catholic mom blogs!) gives a good overview of sacramentals for use in the home. The only one I can’t go for is the scapular. I’m allergic to wool; I scratch until my skin is bright red. I could wear a scapular medal, but I’ve got five holy medals already. Piety can only go so far.