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“Better Man” and Our Role As Male and Female

June 17, AD2018 0 Comments
“Better Man” and Our Role As Male and Female

“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.” John 19:25 The past couple of weeks I have had a song stuck in my head.  The Song is called Better Man, by Little Big Town.  I found this strange for a couple of reasons, […]

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Men and Women and the Authority of God

May 29, AD2018 0 Comments
Men and Women and the Authority of God

The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. The LORD God gave the man this order: You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden, except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you […]

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The Obedience of Mary vs. Eve’s Disobedience

April 18, AD2018 1 Comment
The Obedience of Mary vs. Eve’s Disobedience

Mary truly is the Queen of heaven and earth. Her obedience shows us what true womanhood is. It is precisely through Mary’s surrender to God and her profound humility that we see how fierce and courageous she is. Mary placed all of her trust in God. She desired to only do God’s will, sacrificing her […]

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#MeToo and the Messiah

April 14, AD2018 5 Comments
#MeToo and the Messiah

The #MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of some of the culture’s most entrenched havens of sexual harassment, abuse and predation. The list of politicians, actors and other notable personalities seems to grow with each passing week. The movement also raises the deeper issue of human dignity, particularly as it relates to the objectification of […]

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Beyond Feminism: Engaging the Feminine Genius

March 1, AD2018 6 Comments
Beyond Feminism: Engaging the Feminine Genius

In today’s increasingly secular society, it’s very hard to be a woman. From all sides, women are inundated with mixed images: there are the secular feminists who claim that women should anything men can do. On the opposite end, there are those who say that women should only work in the home, serving as wives, […]

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Time’s Up? About Time for the Truth

January 22, AD2018 12 Comments
Time’s Up? About Time for the Truth

Truth, by which the world is held together, has sprung from the earth, in order to be carried in a woman’s arms. — St. Augustine Blessed Pope Paul VI, the author of Humanae Vitae, is finally being hailed as somewhat of a prophet. Subject to intense criticism over fifty years ago, Pope Paul argued that support […]

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The Incarnation, the Eucharist, Women, and the All Male Priesthood

January 4, AD2018 18 Comments
The Incarnation, the Eucharist, Women, and the All Male Priesthood

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 As I sat and contemplated the incarnation, God becoming man, to undo what Adam and Eve had done, I could not help but think of the Priesthood […]

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Just A Mother: My Call, Vocation, and Witness

December 12, AD2017 8 Comments
Just A Mother: My Call, Vocation, and Witness

The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Embracing an outdated lifestyle on a traditional, small, family farm has been a struggle through confusion, guilt, and even public condemnation. I finally reached the point where I can now shout loudly, “This is my call, this is my vocation, this is […]

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The Theology of Jane Austen- Part II

November 19, AD2017 0 Comments
The Theology of Jane Austen- Part II

In Part I of this discussion, the point was made that a fuller and deeper understanding of and appreciation of the works of Jane Austen (“Jane”) is possible if one learns about her Anglican religion and its effects on all of the society during her lifetime (1775 A.D. to 1817 A.D.). In addition to the […]

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The Theology of Jane Austen-Part I

November 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Theology of Jane Austen-Part I

Of course, there is no such theology. No such thing if the title above means to cite a book or treatise written by Jane Austen herself entitled something like, “My Theology, By A Lady.” There were other working, tentative titles, not chosen, for this discussion – including “Jane’s Faith,” “J. Austen’s Creed,”  “A Lady’s Gospel,” […]

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We’ve Forgotten How Great It Is To Be a Catholic Woman

October 25, AD2017 1 Comment
We’ve Forgotten How Great It Is To Be a Catholic Woman

It is difficult to be a woman today, especially a Christian woman. It’s no wonder Catholics are confused about who they are. The Church boldly declares feminine traits are part of a woman’s core identity, deeply rooted in their souls, not just apparent in their physical appearance. Saint John Paul II, in his letter On […]

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Have the People Recline

June 22, AD2017 5 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 30 Comments
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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