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Have the People Recline

June 22, AD2017 0 Comments
Have the People Recline

Summer is here with its invitation to come outdoors, to be in God’s healing and restorative nature.  Childhood memories of picnics at state parks or simple days at the beach remind me what summer can be if I so choose.  In this season of natural sensory abundance, natural drawing out-of-doors, I sense the Lord asking […]

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Breastfeeding Is Not Immodest

June 2, AD2017 51 Comments
Breastfeeding Is Not Immodest

A friend who works for a Catholic apostolate recently shared with me that she was discouraged from breastfeeding her 5-month-old daughter during training sessions. She isn’t the first Catholic woman who has shared this type of story with me, either. I’ve heard many anecdotes from mothers involved with Catholic ministry who were told they had to cover while nursing, […]

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Why Women Wear Chapel Veils – And Should You Too?

May 5, AD2017 18 Comments
Why Women Wear Chapel Veils – And Should You Too?

I did not grow up wearing a chapel veil, but I remember hearing the stories from my mother about being required to wear one to Mass. It never occurred to me why a veil was required at one point and then all of sudden it was not. I thought it was just a bygone pre-Vatican […]

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The Battle for the Homefront

February 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Battle for the Homefront

During World War II, all of the men, women, and children who were not enlisted in the military knew that they were still an integral part of the fight.  By running factories, living frugally, and keeping morale up, the folks left behind bravely fought the battle on the homefront.  Though we are not living in […]

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Modesty Is a Direction Not a Line

December 5, AD2016
Modesty Is a Direction Not a Line

I get frustrated when I see this seemingly endless discussion in certain Catholic circles about how women should dress. How long should the skirt be? Are skinny jeans appropriate? How much cleavage is allowed? I also remember my sisters describing shopping for wedding dresses and the saleswoman assuming they were Mormons because they didn’t want […]

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How the Feminist Sexual Revolution Sabotaged Its Own Goals

October 27, AD2016 3 Comments
How the Feminist Sexual Revolution Sabotaged Its Own Goals

It’s October, which means that Halloween is almost here.  In the spirit of the occasion, I decided to tackle some interesting issues  in a Halloween op ed written last year by a liberal, presumably feminist, mother named Leora Tanenbaum.  The op ed  is called, “Your Daughter Wants a Sexy Halloween Costume.  How You Should Say Yes.” […]

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The Nature of Woman is Gestational

October 6, AD2016 9 Comments
The Nature of Woman is Gestational

I have chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, so naturally, I spend a lot of time at home. Now that I have a newborn, though, I feel like a recluse. We still have to get out at least once a day because my two-year-old needs it, but I feel very immobile. We carefully plan, organize nap […]

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Childbirth, Abortion, Contraception and Violence on a Woman’s Body

August 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Childbirth, Abortion, Contraception and Violence on a Woman’s Body

I recently had my second baby and informed myself a lot more on natural labor and birth than the first time around. It was amazing to learn how the woman’s body works in labor and birth, especially the uterus. The woman’s uterus thins at the bottom, thickens at the top and pushes the baby out […]

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The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene: Apostle of the Apostles

June 25, AD2016 2 Comments
The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene: Apostle of the Apostles

It has recently been announced that Pope Francis has elevated the liturgical celebration honoring St. Mary Magdalene from a memorial to a major feast. This decision recognizes St. Mary Magdalene’s role as the first witness to see the risen Lord and as the first to announce the Resurrection of Jesus to the Apostles. This change […]

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Choosing The Cross

April 7, AD2016 1 Comment
Choosing The Cross

I am expecting our seventh child. My husband and I never dreamed we would be blessed this abundantly.  Having a large family was always a dream of mine, but more along the lines of four children.  I cannot imagine having only four now.  Now, to clarify, my children are spaced apart quite nicely; they range […]

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Privileged to Be a Woman: The Blessed Virgin Mary, ‘Memory of the Church’

March 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Privileged to Be a Woman: The Blessed Virgin Mary, ‘Memory of the Church’

The great women saints in the Catholic faith are a source of inspiration for daily living. Their legacy and love of Jesus Christ provide a model for understanding the relationship of women to God, and women to men; to the exquisite complementarity of femininity shrouded in the mystery of faith, and understood in the person […]

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You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem

February 27, AD2016 30 Comments
You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem

Growing up in the 1950’s through 1970’s in Toledo, Ohio, my peers and I boasted of Danny Thomas, our world renowned Art Museum and Zoo, the Mudhens, Jeep, Tony Packo’s; and, as we entered the era of Woodstock, Gloria Steinem. She was our own internationally known “women’s libber” who proclaimed that women need to break […]

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St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

February 4, AD2016 14 Comments
St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

The traditional feminist discourse of the 1970s engaged the culture in the debate on women’s liberation during the Post Conciliar decade that followed Vatican II. The role of women in society was changing, and Madison Avenue marketed its brand of femininity—the “24-hour woman.” [Remember this TV commercial? “I can bring home the bacon…fry it up […]

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Grandmothers: God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

January 13, AD2016 2 Comments
Grandmothers:  God’s Gift of Love and Mercy

Grandmothers and Mercy January is a time that reminds me of my deceased Grandmother.  She passed away over 20 years ago on January 31. It is this time of year where I live with the Pennsylvania chill in the air that reminds me of her passing.  I think many of us have fond memories of those people […]

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The Enemy of Radical Feminism is Not Men

December 18, AD2015 11 Comments
The Enemy of Radical Feminism is Not Men

I never thought much of those who subscribe to the label of “radical feminist,” but I never saw that movement as much of a big deal either. However, a recent catalyst in my life made me realize how wrong I was. Men, Brainwashed with Feminism? This catalyst came in two parts: a conversation and a […]

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Can a Non-Catholic Find Comfort In Mary?

December 15, AD2015 8 Comments
Can a Non-Catholic Find Comfort In Mary?

Recently I received a question from someone who is not Catholic. Although she thought it might be a silly question (it wasn’t) she wanted to know if a Protestant owning an object with the image of the Blessed Mother, Mary, on it was objectionable to Catholics (it isn’t). Apparently, this dear sister in Christ has […]

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Living My Faith

November 18, AD2015 3 Comments
Living My Faith

In The Beginning I am a convert to Catholicism. In 2004, I was welcomed into the church. I was raised by Protestant parents; both were loving, but inconsistent with my faith formation. We attended an Assembies of God church. We had church basement meals and also had service Wednesday nights. I enjoyed this time, but […]

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Women: The Infallible Barometer

May 18, AD2013 10 Comments
Women: The Infallible Barometer

Women are empowered with divine gifts that predestine them to achieve God’s plan for mankind. However, history reflects that women consistently fail to recognize these gifts or even to embrace them. Instead, with each generation women opt to embrace radical role models whose siren mantra lures them away from their Heavenly Endowment.  Meanwhile, the destiny […]

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