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    Dear Edith Response #3 – Pam

    Dear Edith response 3 Pam -- FemCatholic.com

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    Dear Jessica,

    All the four specific vocations; single life, married life, consecrated life or the ordained ministry are a call to holiness, our road to a holy God. Irrespective of our vocations we are all “invited” to live holy lives. Each vocation is a call to follow Christ closely.

    That should be our end goal. There’s plenty of discussion about whether or not being single is a vocation. The question you have to ask yourself is, “Am I on the road to holiness?” That needs to be your obsession. Mathew 6:33 says “Seek first the kingdom of God and everything shall be added unto you.”

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    NFP is at the Heart of the Feminist Movement for Equality

    NFP is at the heart of the feminist movement for equality FemCatholic.com

    Fertility Awareness isn’t just about pregnancy and women’s health; it’s about equality.

    It’s Natural Family Planning Awareness week – which means you may see a lot of women promoting NFP because “my body isn’t broken,” “children are a gift,” and “cycles are part of being a woman.”

    Maybe you agree with those things. Maybe you don’t.

    If you’re a feminist, maybe it doesn’t matter; because those arguments are all missing the point.

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    Dear Edith

    Dear Edith: Finding Meaning as a SAHM

    FemCatholic Dear Edith Question on finding meaning as a SAHM

    Dear Edith,

    I have a question and a prayer request.

    I just recently stopped working (was let go from a small nonprofit because I missed work during my first trimester with extreme morning sickness) and now I’m at home and I’m struggling with what to do. The first couple of weeks weren’t bad, but now I’m alone during the day, pregnant with our first baby, and trying to understand where God wants me to be. 

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    Modern Catholic Women, Talks

    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

    Dear Edith Response #2 – Philippa

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

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    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

    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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