A year of being GIVEN

I guess it only makes sense to say that without the GIVEN Forum – there is no #thefemgenius for me. When people say ‘God works all things for our good’ they don’t say that He can wait till the very last second to give you a chance to trust Him, and He comes through.

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Pentecost Sunday: What sets your soul on fire?

As women, with the many hats we wear and responsibilities we face, we definitely feel the pressure to live up to. But as Pope Paul VI reminds us, we already have an “influence, an effect, and a power…” we see and know truth, and we make it “sweet, tender, and accessible.” We have been “impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel” and the hour is here and now. What are we waiting for?

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The Feminine Genius.

In Mulieris Dignitatem, John Paul II not only thanks women, he straight up apologizes to them for failing — for misrepresentation, not being recognized; for enduring abuse, exploitation, and violence throughout history. And he calls out both the modern Church and society to uphold the dignity of women; by respecting them, honoring them, recognizing them, and integrating them socially, politically, and economically, letting them be a part of the conversation — for women “reveal the gift of their womanhood, by placing themselves at the service of others in their everyday lives.”

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Musings of a 22-year-old preparing to enter the convent

By the time you read this, I will already be in the convent. Most likely. As I write this, I am in Northern California, sitting in my childhood bedroom. The Little House on the Prairie books, high school cross country medals, and Jonas Brothers posters are all still here. The walls are still pink. This visit is bittersweet, as I am preparing to embark on a spiritual journey I have been fervently anticipating for over a year, while at the same time I am learning how to say goodbye to my family, friends, and former way of life.

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