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Welcome to our first podcast with a guest! Miss Megan Abbott!
We started the podcast with the quote below that reminds us that we are all ordinary women with a divine mission!
Then we learned about our guest, Megan.
Megan is a senior Human Resources major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is active in her sorority, Chi Omega, and serves on the FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) executive board. She is originally from Chicago.
Megan shared her favorite Saint, which happens to be ours too, and the patroness of our podcast, St. Therese!
We then jumped into our topic: Catholic Feminism!
According to Meg...
Catholic Feminism IS NOT: It is not bending the rules/doctrines of the Catholic Church because it is easier for women, and ignoring the rules instead of learning why they're good for us. It also is not thinking that we are better than men, rather thinking that we are equal. It is not about putting down our bodies, saying that we are weak.
Why she loves it and thinks it is important: Through us realizing the beauty and purpose of our bodies through Catholic feminism, we can become saints. It gives women freedom to be themselves and follow God's "yes" for their lives. It also raises men up to a higher standard and gives them the opportunity to be masculine.
How she suggests we practice it: Read books, listen to podcasts, talk to other women about the struggles and beauties of being a women in the Catholic faith and women in the world.
Podcast: The Catholic Feminist hosted by Claire Swinarski
Books (Buy them through our links above to support us!):
Breakthrough Catholic Women Speak for Themselves by Helen Alvare
My Badass Book of Saints by Maria Morera
Our Saint for Catholic Feminism:
St. Edith Stein/St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross
Read her amazing book: Essays on Women
Meg wowed us by telling us that CS Lewis was converted from atheism to Christianity by JRR Tolkien!
Sara wowed us by telling us that St. Edith Stein is considered a Jewish martyr as well as a Catholic one! Read more about her here!
We ended with a beautiful prayer written by the author of the blog The Evangelista. Check out her amazing and beautiful resources here.
A Woman's Prayer
Please help me become the woman you created me to be. Expand my soul so that nothing human is alien to me. Prompt me to search for and bring home the hidden treasures and burdens which rest in every human soul. Send me to the souls who most need what you have given me.
Quiet my soul, so that no weak flame of faith, hope, or charity may be extinguished by stormy winds. Let my soul be a place where the weak and suffering may find refuge and solace.
Make my soul warm with the heavenly fire of your divine love. Consume and purify the worldly, chaotic fire within me so that I may be a clear sign of your love in the world. With clarity, grant me simplicity of heart that with Mary, I will always choose the better part, which will not be taken from me.
Empty me of my agitated, unredeemed self, so that I may have room in my heart for others. Help me to remember that you are the only one who is capable of receiving me completely so that I may joyfully surrender to you.
Give me the grace to be self-contained, to be mistress of myself as the handmaid of the Lord, prepared to serve all whom you desire me to serve, and to submit to the authorities you have placed over me.
Above all, help me to realize that my natural desire to give myself completely to someone can only be fulfilled in relationship with you.
St. Edith Stein, pray for us.
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