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Author Archive: Leah Jacobson

Leah Jacobson, foundress of The Guiding Star Project, is dedicated to creating a Culture of Life through the implementation of Guiding Star Centers nationwide. These centers will promote New Feminism and Natural Law and are the next stage for the pro-women and pro-life movements to collaborate in a holistic, comprehensive approach.

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Raising Patriots

August 16, AD 2013 6 Comments
Raising Patriots

This past week my husband and I packed our five young children into a conversion van and drove about 1400 miles round-trip to visit the Black Hills of South Dakota. If you”ve ever visited this area of the country, you know that it is a great destination for a family vacation with endless historical sites, […]

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What is a “New Feminist”?

July 22, AD 2013 3 Comments
What is a “New Feminist”?

Perhaps you have heard the term and have been wondering about what this “New Feminism” stuff  is all about. Many have pegged it a “Catholic-thing” since the name is largely attributed to a quote by John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life) where he calls for  a ‘new feminism’. However, New Feminism is not […]

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What Was She Wearing?

June 21, AD 2013 6 Comments
What Was She Wearing?

Recently I’ve come across several posts on the internet addressing the question of rape and whether or not we are victim blaming in asking questions such as: “What was she wearing”? or “Was she flirting with him?” or “Were they at a bar?”. Inherent in all these questions is a desire for the asker to […]

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Book Review: Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious

May 24, AD 2013 3 Comments
Book Review: Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious

I was pleasantly surprised last month when I was approached through Facebook to consider reviewing a new book for Catholic women by author Pat Gohn. I had heard of Ms. Gohn from her popular podcast Among Women, and thought it a very good sign that she was reaching out to ME to read and review her […]

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Helping Young Families: The Church's Job?

January 4, AD 2013 0 Comments
Helping Young Families: The Church's Job?

This past month I’ve been thinking about the difficulties of raising young families. Conversations with friends and family and my own lived experiences have left me wondering how we are supposed to do all that is asked of us in raising a young family. No sleep, diapers, laundry, meals….it’s just crazy hard sometimes! After reading […]

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#Ivoted

November 9, AD 2012 3 Comments
#Ivoted

So wow. How about that election, huh? Don’t worry all you election weary people; this post is not going to go into a political recap complete with my personal impressions of party platforms, voter turnout, the Electoral College, etc, etc, etc. In the words of Hank Hill, I think we’ve all had just about enough […]

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Embryo Adoption: Is it OK?

October 12, AD 2012 14 Comments
Embryo Adoption: Is it OK?

The short answer to the very complex question posed in the title of this article is this: We actually don’t know, yet. That is to say that the official teaching body of the Catholic Church, the Magisterium, has not yet issued a final stance on this specific topic. The debate among Church theologians began in […]

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Guiding Stars

September 20, AD 2012 1 Comment
Guiding Stars

There are many reasons I haven’t written too much about the project in my life that gets the majority of my free time and mental attention:  I’m bad at self-promotion, I’m fearful of rejection, I’m lacking in Faith, and I doubt God’s call at times. Lately, all these reasons have got me thinking quite a […]

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The Clash of the Catholic Feminists

September 6, AD 2012 10 Comments
The Clash of the Catholic Feminists

After reading an article tonight on CNN about the Catholic nun who brought her “star power” to the DNC, I just couldn’t help but express my utter bewilderment by their use of the words “Catholic” and “Feminist” to describe this woman. When I hear the term Catholic Feminist, I see a completely different woman than Sr. […]

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Wonderfully Made

August 17, AD 2012 21 Comments
Wonderfully Made

The Catholic Church loves women! I know that statement mystifies and angers some people in our society. If you are such a person, I encourage you to read on with an open, charitable mind as I explain how I, a Catholic mother of five, have experienced firsthand the love of the Church for my feminine […]

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I don’t wanna mess this thing up

July 20, AD 2012 8 Comments
I don’t wanna mess this thing up

One night last week I was driving home late with all five kids sleeping soundly in their car seats when Lady Antebellum’s song “Just a Kiss” came on the radio. I don’t know if it was the long day away from home or the fact that I was missing my husband after his long stretch […]

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My Voice

June 23, AD 2012 8 Comments
My Voice

A few weeks ago I was asked to do an interview for a local women’s magazine that is published quarterly here in MN.  Since the summer edition is already out, the story being written is for the fall/election-time issue and the topic is the controversial HHS contraception mandate. My initial excitement about doing the interview […]

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NEEDED: Motherhood

May 25, AD 2012 5 Comments
NEEDED: Motherhood

Greetings Ignitum readers! My apologies for missing my last posting here a few weeks back. I’m sure you were all wondering where I was (uhh hum) and/or waiting with bated breath for the announcement of my baby’s birth (you didn’t know I was even expecting?!). Well I am slowly coming out of the postpartum fog that has […]

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Labor Lessons

March 30, AD 2012 5 Comments
Labor Lessons

When I first became pregnant at 22 years old I really didn’t understand or appreciate the miracle that was taking place within my body and viewed many of the changes of pregnancy in a disconnected way.  I had naively assumed that it would all just happen and that it shouldn’t require any effort or preparation on my […]

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Heads or Tails?

March 2, AD 2012 1 Comment
Heads or Tails?

Roughly a decade ago (ok, yes I KNOW it has been longer than ten years, but humor me here), I was making my final decision of where to go to college. During my senior year of high school I had toured several different colleges and universities, both public and private, and had narrowed down my […]

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