Category: Women’s Issues

Passing On Motherhood

Passing On Motherhood

[ 1 ] January 7, AD 2015 |

I’ve always loved my mom. It could be that hindsight is 20/20, but I don’t remember my teenage years being awful. My mom and I had our spats, but on the whole I think we got along fairly well. Even in college – halfway across the country – we’d have our tiffs, but at the […]

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To The Mothers In Church

To The Mothers In Church

[ 1 ] December 15, AD 2014 |

Dear Moms who bring their kids to daily Mass, Church, adoration, and other church-ly activities, Thanks. Thanks for being an inspiration to women like me who are getting ready to start our own little screaming, crying, talk-whenever-they-want, make-all-kinds-of-bodily-noises brood. The fact that you bring your one (or seven, or somewhere in between) children to daily […]

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Does Contraception have a place in Christian Relief Work?

Does Contraception have a place in Christian Relief Work?

[ 2 ] December 13, AD 2014 |

I was recently invited to tour a new medical ship run by the international Christian relief organisation Youth With a Mission (YWAM). This particular ship, destined for work in Papua New Guinea (PNG), is larger and newer than their current vessel, and it will allow YWAM to increase their medical assistance by 500%, offering healthcare […]

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Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

[ 2 ] November 13, AD 2014 |

I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large families, are brave. They put all their chickens in one basket and hope to be good at one thing only: raising well-formed little people. Getting other people to turn out how we’d like them to […]

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Reconsider the Chapel Veil

Reconsider the Chapel Veil

[ 6 ] September 1, AD 2014 |

Over the summer my dear friend and roommate put together a gorgeous video about why many Catholic women are returning to the old custom of wearing a chapel veil to Mass.  I personally started wearing a veil in high school, and often thank the Lord that He lead me to do so.  I highly encourage those […]

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The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

[ 8 ] August 24, AD 2014 |

The Bible mentions subjugation of wives and everyone gets upset, but Christian Grey does it and nobody bats an eye! Tell me how this makes sense. I know why this is the case. There is absolute confusion in our culture about sex, love, pleasure, intimacy, marriage, and the Catholic Church. There is such a tangled […]

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Submission Does Not Mean Losing Your Voice

Submission Does Not Mean Losing Your Voice

[ 0 ] August 11, AD 2014 |

Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:22 I used to think that being submissive or subordinate meant that you didn’t have a say in anything, and that, in essence, you lost your voice. No wonder, then, that Ephesians 5 gets such a bad reputation and is so highly quoted […]

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<em>Embracing Edith Stein</em>: A Review

Embracing Edith Stein: A Review

[ 4 ] July 27, AD 2014 |

Anne Costa’s book, Embracing Edith Stein, was my traveling companion on my recent trip to Missouri. I wish I had spent more than a few hours with the book. I fully intend to revisit her someday when I have several days to digest her teachings. Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time […]

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The Single Best Way to Reduce Abortions

The Single Best Way to Reduce Abortions

[ 3 ] July 26, AD 2014 |

When Lisa Selin Davis told a cabdriver she was going to have an abortion, he pulled the car over on the Brooklyn Bridge in a blizzard. He begged her not to do it. Davis, then a 22-year-old aspiring filmmaker, had conceived the child with a married man she met at a film shoot. But she […]

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Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable

Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable

[ 18 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

Ten years ago, I crossed a modest stage in a well-lit gymnatorium at a private, Protestant school. I was one of 14 high school seniors who wore royal blue caps and gowns and breathed happy sighs of relief upon being given what meant more to us than diplomas: Freedom. For me, freedom meant transition. It […]

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A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Finale

A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Finale

[ 5 ] June 4, AD 2014 |

At the risk of redundancy, I am going to foist one more of these articles on you. This is a topic I am extremely passionate about, and I think we can all benefit from learning more about the way God actually designed men and women. I think a basic misunderstanding of men and women is […]

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A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part III

A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part III

[ 4 ] May 28, AD 2014 |

Well, you’ve made it this far, so you might as well keep going. If you’ve got some catching up to do, check out part one here and part two here. Ready? Ok, so we’ve taken a brief look at the male body and also at the male brain, as well as some of the hormones […]

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Those That Came Before

Those That Came Before

[ 1 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

To all of those who came before: Thank you. Thank you for having the courage to end things, even though it may have been hard. Thank you for recognizing that I wasn’t “The One,” even if I told you that idea was insane. Thank you for letting me go so that God could bring something […]

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A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part II

A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part II

[ 5 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

Well, congrats, you made it through the first one, and by the looks of things, you may be slightly curious to see what’s coming up next in this series. In case you missed the first one, check it out here. In this article, we are going to look further inward and take a look at […]

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Setting the Example

Setting the Example

[ 0 ] May 15, AD 2014 |

There’s a young couple at church that we like hanging out with.  They’re in their twenties and just starting out, but so smart and fun that they just are miles and years ahead of where we were at that age. They don’t treat us like the old fogeys we are, who wouldn’t like that? Last […]

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A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part I

A Woman’s Guide to Understanding Men: Part I

[ 19 ] May 14, AD 2014 |

Introduction Ladies, this series is for you. I have no doubt in my mind that there is a guy in your life that has driven you crazy at one point or another. Let’s face it: it’s inevitable. It could be a father, brother, uncle, boyfriend, or husband. It doesn’t matter. I’d be willing to bet in […]

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Someone, Please, Like Me…

Someone, Please, Like Me…

[ 3 ] May 12, AD 2014 |

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be wanted. The world was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.” […]

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Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

[ 2 ] May 10, AD 2014 |

We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the […]

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Who are We Fighting For?

Who are We Fighting For?

[ 1 ] May 7, AD 2014 |

I recently saw a status on Facebook from someone working in the pro-life movement. It was about how the pro-life movement isn’t a cause; it’s a battle. As pro-lifers we must, therefore, “fight the pro-aborts to win.” My first response was “ok, yeah, it’s a spiritual battlefield.” However, the more I thought about it, the more I thought: I […]

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Finding Freedom from Porn Addiction — Part II

Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Finding Freedom from Porn Addiction — Part II

[ 3 ] May 5, AD 2014 |

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God….” -Matthew 5:8 One of the paintings that is most dear to my heart is Diego Velazquez’s The Temptation of St. Thomas Aquinas. For anyone who has struggled with sexual sins, I think this work has the power to evoke many different feelings. In it I […]

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The Application of Style

The Application of Style

[ 0 ] April 23, AD 2014 |

In my previous article I explored a philosophy of style that will allow us as Catholic women to live in the modern world in such a way as flatters our womanhood but still appeals to those living around us. By doing so, I argued that we as women may more fully make Christ known in […]

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A Philosophy of Style

A Philosophy of Style

[ 3 ] April 9, AD 2014 |

As Catholics, we know that we have a call to be “in the world, not of the world.” I find that many use this catchy phrase as a way to relieve some of the burden of living in the world, reminding us that living in the secular world is temporary and we can make it. […]

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In Christ a New Creation: Finding Hope in Porn-Addiction — Part I

In Christ a New Creation: Finding Hope in Porn-Addiction — Part I

[ 10 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:14 I recently read the article that Sr. Theresa Noble wrote about the Duke “adult film-actress” Belle Knox and have been reflecting on it ever since. To be […]

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It’s Spring, Let’s All Freak Out About Modesty!

It’s Spring, Let’s All Freak Out About Modesty!

[ 6 ] April 1, AD 2014 |

It finally seems like the harsh winter is coming to a close. It sure has been a rough one, hasn’t it? All those frigid temperatures and mountains of snow… Anyways, now we can look forward to warmer weather and the promise of summer peaking over the horizon. Another thing we can look forward to is […]

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Catholic “Baby Machines”

Catholic “Baby Machines”

[ 7 ] March 26, AD 2014 |

We’ve all heard the comments. If you are the parents of more than 2.5 children or come from a family of more than 2.5 siblings, then you’ve heard something at some point in your life. It can be a nod and a wink with a sarcastic “You guys are busy”, as if having five children […]

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Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

[ 25 ] March 15, AD 2014 |

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2014 calls all Catholics to confront destitution in its varying forms of extreme poverty, spiritual destitution, and moral destitution. He writes: “Moral destitution…consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members – often a young person – is in thrall […]

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