Catholic Carnival 205: Christmas Rosary

Sarah hosted this week’s Catholic Carnival. She always adds a clever spin to the list of posts; I wish I had her creativity! She’s a full-time mom and blogger and she still stays herself. If only I could have that kind of balance in my life.

The rosary theme this week groups the submissions underneath the glorious mysteries, with first-person reflections from Mary’s point of view by James M. Hahn. I always associated the joyful mysteries with Christmas; back when I used to pray the rosary daily, I prayed them for the entire octave. The Marian focus is clear this time of year, though. I much preferred them to the “updated” nativity story I read on Boundless last night.

James’s own submission is a great read. I was thinking at Mass recently that, if I ever do have children, Mass will never be the same for me. I’ll either be busy taking care of them and worshipping at the same time, or I’ll be thinking about where they are at those moments, united with me through the Eucharist across time. Like James, though, the Catholic habits I’ve built will undoubtedly remain.

Owen of Luminous Miseries relates his daughter’s experience of “feeling empty” after going to a Protestant service before Mass one Sunday. I’ve never been to a Protestant service, but I would go if I had a buddy. Based on hearsay (which I know is a tenuous foundation), I think I would miss Mass to much to switch permanently.

Adoro te Devote (love that hymn!) offers a whole slew of conversion/reversion posts. My spiritual journey is similarly long and complicated, so I can relate. If you love any kind of -version story like I do, give hers a read.

Related to, though not in the Carnival is Larry’s post at Acts of the Apostasy on CatholicGoogle. I use Pro-Life Internet in place of Google for my Firefox search bar, so I’m not in the market (so to speak) for a new search engine, but the concept is interesting. It’s distressing to see that some are still surprised that faithful Catholics do exist, though. I would assume that someone using CatholicGoogle would want to find Church documents, no?

Finally, related to Larry’s post is this AP article on iBreviary. Just when I thought high-tech Catholicism was limited to the Holy Spirit I have as my cell phone background, the LOTH bursts onto the iPhone app scene. Now that’s what I call claiming the modern world for Christ.


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I love reading James Hahn’s blog posts. They’re usually very inspiring and its great to see how he and his wife raise their kids via whatever information he posts. :)

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