Last week, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. It made me reflect further on our family's own two tests for baby names, and makes me ask - how does your family approach baby names?
"Being able to recognize the history and the role women have played is something which must be focused-on and highlighted. Being able to point to heroines, both fictional and real, makes our examination much easier, as they show us a model of womanhood which we do not see typically emulated in our secular society today. Growing in justice, prudence, fortitude, and temperance can serve to strengthen each of us, if we can stay true to who God made us to be. And, through it all, we can begin to reclaim the "genius of women" from the detractors in the larger society around us." In today's post, I review the most recent book by Ms. Maria Morera Johnson, Super Girls and Halos. Please read more on how this book highlights some fantastic women - both fictional and saintly counterparts - and the lessons they hold for womanhood today.
"I can't help but wonder if these similarities I see between St. Joseph and my husband are a subtle call to reflect on the greater life of a saint, whose purpose was to care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of Our Savior. I can't help but wonder if these similarities I am recognizing are also not a subtle call to reflect on the greater contribution my husband plays in our marriage - the role he plays, and the way in which he answers the call to love me, as Christ loved His Church." The Feast of St. Joseph last week sparked this thought on my vocation of marriage.
"How can someone, who doesn't feel God's presence, become a saint?! Quite simply, because they kept their faith and trust in Him. They continued to live a life according to love, trust, and goodness." When quietness is what we receive from God, perhaps we need to take a play from the saints' spiritual play book, and not interpret it as abandonment, but rather a spiritual exercise...
Growing up, I devoured stories of the saints and martyrs. So much so, I had lofty goals and dreams of becoming a martyr, and giving my life for Christ someday. However much I studied the saints, though, I missed out on the traditional Confirmation class as a Catholic youth. This exchange between my mom and "teacher" … Continue reading Moving Past Intimidation to Read the Saints