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    Live Interview: My Story & Why I Started FemCatholic

    My Story: How Being a Feminist Brought Me Closer to God 25 min interview

    I started this blog to help women like myself.

    Women who may not have always felt like they fit within the Church, or fit the image of a “good Catholic woman.”

    Women who have been attracted to feminism, but who want to know how to reconcile it with their Catholic faith.

    Women who have a sense that the strength, power, and influence of women is untapped — both in the Church and in the world.

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    Dear Edith Response #2 – Philippa

    FemCatholic Dear Edith Q&A on being single as a gift and vocation for catholic women

    Read the original question here.

    Dear Jessica,

    Yes and no.

    ‘Vocation’ comes from the Latin root for ‘call’. But being single is a state of life, like marriage. They are both natural states of life, and most people end up getting married, regardless of whether they feel ‘called’ to it or not.

    And yet every person who has become a priest or consecrated person (like monks, nuns and friars) has experienced a very definite ‘call’ from God to that life. Without exception.
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    Dear Edith Response #1 – Hannah

    Is being single a catholic vocation? Hannah responds to the Dear Edith question for catholic women

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    Dear Jessica,

    This is a fantastic question that I have been thinking about myself! Our culture seems strangely obsessed with marriage, and sometimes this can have the devastating effect of making single people feel that being single is worthless, which could not be further from the truth.

    To get the technicalities out of the way first: As far as a permanent calling to the single life, it seems to me that Church teaching suggests that such a calling would take the form of consecrated virginity, but like you I haven’t been able to find anything official either way (you might check out this article as an example of what people say unofficially).

    Instead, I have heard trustworthy folk refer to a “temporary vocation to single life,” which is a good way of thinking about the state of being single while waiting for and discerning a permanent vocation to marriage, religious life, or consecrated virginity.

    Some people talk about single life as though it is just a time to work on yourself so that you’ll be an awesome wife/nun/consecrated virgin in the future. It’s true that single life does give you this opportunity, but I think there’s more to it than that. Our God is a God of the present. He has a plan for each day of our lives, including each day we spend as a single person.

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    Dear Edith Response #3 Mary as Queen

    Mother Mary catholic women response to Dear Edith 3

     Read the original question here.

    I used to struggle in understanding why Mary was always depicted with her eyes downcast. This was a problem for me because I saw it as submissive, a demeanor I don’t particularly like.

    I decided to read up on it and found artists depicted her that way to indicate that she was detached from worldly things, and while her eyes were looking down her heart was lifted up towards Heaven. So it wasn’t man she was showing humility to, but she was basically scorning the temporal, physical world. I thought this was pretty radical. And this is how I also learnt about the virtue of detachment. It’s sort of like experiencing your world from a third-person point of view, as opposed to first person. This really helped me put my day-to-day experiences in perspective.

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    These Summer Essentials are Ethical Trade (and absolutely adorable!)

    When the weather gets warmer, who doesn’t love refreshing their closet, or picking up a cute new accessory to spice up your home?

    You may never have considered where those items are from, but you should. Our friend Claire over at The Catholic Feminist podcast recently chatted with Erin Mackey from Catholic Relief Services all about why ethical trade matters, and the difference you can make by putting your purchasing power to good use.

    To get you started, we’ve rounded up these summer essentials – all from CRS vetted shops that are ethical trade!

    Shopping never felt so good… 🙂 Read more

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