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May 2017

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    Dear Edith Response #4 – Amanda

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    Dear Ashleigh,

    I am so glad that you asked this question. I would guess that the situation you described is one that more than a few Catholics experience from time to time. Above all, keep asking our loving Mother for help and for her prayers! She does not disappoint.

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    Do You Believe You Are Enough?

    Can you sift through the unrealistic standards and expectations that society sometimes puts on women?

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    Do you ever struggle with that feeling that you’re not enough? At work, you might feel like you aren’t as talented or knowledgeable as your co-workers and that you’ll never reach your career goals. In your relationships, you might feel like you aren’t lovable enough as a person. If you are a mother, you might constantly fear that you aren’t enough as a parent. And as a busy, modern woman, you might feel like there is never enough time in the day to get everything done. At your most stressed, you might feel like you never achieve enough balance in your life between work, your personal life, your self-care, etc.

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    Dear Edith Response #3 – Kate

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    Hi Ashleigh!

    Thank you for asking this question! I know I’ve found myself asking the same question at times.

    Before I share what has helped me, I want to add a disclaimer: we are not required to address every attack on the Catholic Church. Obviously, we should when we are able, but when it comes to social media, it is impractical both due to the sheer quantity of attacks and the communication mode. Sometimes, it is better to recognize that responding is like talking to a brick wall, or continuing to respond is just adding fuel towards their hatred. In these situations, it is better to stay silent on social media and pray for them, or if you know them in real life, ask if they’d like to meet up in person to discuss it over coffee or beer.

    As for having confidence, I have found three things that have helped me.

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    How being a feminist brought me closer to God

    Most people probably wouldn’t get so worked up over water bottles. But as a young feminist, when my grandma told me to let my younger brother carry the heavy case of Aquafina, I was livid. “Seriously?!” I thought, “why does she think I’m so dainty and weak?!”

    Feminism was in my blood from the beginning, it seems. In Kindergarten when a boy tried to chase me around the playground, I ran for a bit and then stopped, paused, and confronted him. “Why are you chasing me?”

    “Uh, I dunno…” he muttered.

    “Well, I’M going to chase YOU then.”

    I was never one to be mistaken for meek and mild.

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    Dear Edith Response #2 – Amy

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    Hi Ashleigh,

    What a great question. I know you are not alone in this struggle. I myself still struggle with this same issue.

    The seeming anonymity of social media can make people more likely to say things they wouldn’t normally say to someone face to face, and lead to mean comments that cut to the core. This can be difficult to deal with but I wanted to share a couple things I have learned working for a parish with an active social media presence.

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