Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Hello, and welcome to Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival. We are a group of Catholic bloggers who gather weekly to share our best posts with each other. To participate, go to your blog and create a post titled Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival. In it, discuss and link to your posts for the week--whether they deal with theology, Catholic living or cute Catholic kids. I'm mostly a book blogger so my posts are generally book reviews, some Catholic, some not. Make sure that post links back here. Once you publish it, come back here and leave a link below.

We also have a yahoogroup; signing up for it will get you one weekly reminder to post.  Click here to sign up.

I've had quite a day; it was our parish craft fair today and I was one of those there until everything was cleaned up and put away.  

This week's Question of the Week: What religious artifacts (statues, pictures, icons, altars, etc) would I find in your home if I stopped in for a visit?
My Answer:  I have picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in my living room wall.  My kids have crosses with kids praying that they got when baptized.  My husband and I have a cross with wedding rings in our room.  I have a statue of the Blessed Mother on a shelf in the den and then in the living room I have this, that a friend brought back from Russia:

I have two posts in particular I'd like to share with this group.  The first is a review of the book Tools for Rebuilding which is a book about revitalizing a parish by reaching out to the unchurched.  The second is a post I call "Of Vestments and Golf Clubs" and it talks about one chapter in the book and I'd really love to hear your thoughts on it.  

I'd like to congratulate Julie on winning the drawing for The First Christmas Night.


  1. Thanks for hosting, RAnn. We live in less than 800 sq. ft. The Blessed Mother is in every room, including the bathroom. We have a small book shelf with the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart. In the main living area we have a 2 1/2 ft. tall statue of the Sacred Heart. On the piano is a crucifix that got rescued from an antique shop and probably sat on a small altar for saying the Traditional Latin Mass at one time. A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe sits on top of an antique study desk/book case that my husband's grandfather passed down. Roger used to study at that desk as a kid. Jesus with the crown of thorns is in the hallway on the wall.

  2. Most of my Bibles are on display in the bookcases. On special occasions, I'll leave the Abbey Psalter open on the table. There are remembrance cards of my own father as well as of Fr. Lawrence Boadt, CSP on display. Also a decent-sized Pieta in the china cabinet.

  3. RAnn, thanks for hosting!

  4. RAnn
    Thanks for hosting:)
    I appreciate the link up!
    Around my house, you'd see crucifixes in the LR, over the kitchen sink and in the den...Blessed Mother statue in the den, along with a basket of "Faith" resources/books on den floor and a few sets pf rosary beads that the boys have made over the years dangling from various bookshelves....
    Great ques!!

    Be well and God bless!

  5. Thanks for hosting, RAnn!
    I couldn't participate last week, so this week I have two weeks' worth of posts.
    Now, what religious articles do I currently have? There is a Crucifix in the living room/bedroom (I live in a small, but cozy attached house) and a statue of the Divine Infant Jesus in the computer room/tv room. (My brother-in-law gave me that statue, which had belonged to his mother.)
    As for some of my other Catholic articles, most of them tend to get moved around.
    My Scapular: On me.
    Sacred Heart Medal: Attached to string of Scapular with a Ribbon.
    My Rosary: Always near at hand.
    Current Volume of The Liturgy of the Hours: Near computer;
    I pray the LOTH before the Blessed Sacrament, live, online.
    (The other volumes are on the bookshelves; one volume was lost in the move, and will have to be replaced. but there is plenty of time for that.)
    Bibles: On bookshelves, except for my favorite Bible, which I
    keep on the coffee table in front of my couch/bed. (Not a sofa-bed, but an ordinary couch (the same one I had in the old house).
    Other Catholic books: On shelves, except for the books I am currently reading.

  6. Thank you for hosting us every week. RAnn, you are the true golfer, so to speak. You put your time and energy into the game. The "stuff" of the game, be it golf clubs or vestments, aren't just for fluff and accouterments. They speak of the game itself, proclaim its value to you the player for whom the game is meant, and even make it possible to play wholeheartedly, just plain do it justice.

    As for the Mass, it's about worship and the One to Whom we owe worship, worthwhile in itself whether we draw a crowd or not. The "stuff" is a proclamation in itself. It speaks of what speaks to you and how you feel about the game, how it speaks to you, and even of the hope you have, like that "hole in one" golfers dream to make one day.

    I don't golf but I imagine freshly cut grass can evoke the rapture of wafting incense..

  7. Wow, now that I think about it, the house is a mess of Catholic images: Jesus & Mary statues in the LR along with a crucifix and a Divine Mercy; Madonna of the Kitchen in the kitchen, Huge Guadalupe in the den, prayer cards stuck under light switch plates all over; saints taped to the sides of computer monitors; my 50 year old 1st communion statue of St. Joseph in the study; framed photo of just-elected B16 in the DR.

  8. I love religious art. Carvings of Mary and Jesus or nativity sets are in every room. I love a piece from Argentina of the last supper. We have my great uncle's Jesuit rosary rope in our bedroom. My favorite pieces are two paintings a different great Uncle did - very detailed way of the cross that he did in his 20's and a simple nativity he did in his '80's.


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