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    3 good reasons Catholics should be feminists

    3 good reasons for Catholics to be feminists -- FemCatholic.com

    If you’ve heard that being a feminist is anti-Catholic, think again.

    In today’s world, being a Catholic can be controversial. Especially when it comes to women’s rights.

    Feminism has a history of advocating for things that the Catholic Church contends with, whether it be outright support of abortion, or just the connotation that mothering isn’t valuable work.

    So it’s not uncommon for a Catholic to cringe at the word “feminist.”

    But in 1995, St. Pope John Paul II actually issued a call for women to rise up in the name of feminism – a call for a “new feminism.”

    And if feminism is good enough for a Pope who’s also now a canonized saint, well, it’s good enough for me.

    Here’s three good reasons Catholics should be proud to sport the (new) feminist label:

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    How to make the most of dating in a secular world when you’re Catholic

    How to make the most of dating in a secular world when you're Catholic. FemCatholic.com

    Dating is hard. We know this. Throw in expectations for your husband-to-be to subscribe to a very specific Catholic dogma, though, and the spousal needle just got buried in a way bigger haystack.

    The woes of Catholic women wending their way through the frustrating world of modern dating (if it can be called that), where hookup culture is alive and thriving and half of marriages end in divorce, are familiar to all of us. My own personal experiences and the stories my Catholic girlfriends tell me confirm a good man truly is hard to find.

    It’s not impossible though, and every day inspiring Catholic couples join in the sacrament of marriage. Which is great. But it can also make you wonder, “What am I doing wrong?”

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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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    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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    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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    Dear Edith Response #1 – Alessia

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    Dear Ashleigh,
    First of all don’t beat yourself up for a lack of courage. While it is a good thing to be ready to stand up for the Lord at all times, the truth is these people, who are so readily attacking you, would often not be receptive to anything you’d say. I’m someone who is always ready for an argument (and often makes it worse that way), and I’ve found that a lot of people won’t even listen or let you speak. If it’s on social media, you can bring out any article or proof that they’re wrong, but they’ll only read what they want to read.

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    Dear Edith: Confidence in being Catholic

    Dear Edith,

    How do you find the courage to stand up when people make snide comments about being Catholic? My online presence in social media is VERY Catholic and I am super proud of that and how much it is a part of my identity. But when someone scoffs at me in public or makes a comment about how Catholicism is a lie/corrupt/worthless/etc. I somehow manage to lose my voice and I don’t have the courage to stand up for Christ and the truth. I keep asking Mary to pray for me that I find this confidence, but I don’t know what else I can do.

    — Ashleigh


    Ashleigh is a graduate student and works with special needs kiddos by helping them use technology to access their curriculum. Her identity is deeply rooted in Christ and she prays that every day her life can be used to glorify God. Ashleigh creatively illustrates her prayer through hand lettering and bible journaling. Find her at ash.colleen on Instagram and Daughter of the Star Breather page on Facebook. Her website is www.ashcolleen.com.

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