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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Teresa of Avila

The Fortnight for Freedom is wrapping up. One of our readers urged me not to forget the doctor and mystic, Teresa of Avila. Like Hildegard, there is a wealth of information out there about her. You can start with her books on … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mother Mary MacKillop

As the Fortnight for Freedom continues, so does our series looking at the freedoms and trials of various women. My good friend Rae Reilly generously offered to write an essay. Given her recent sojourn Down Under, the choice of saint seemed a natural. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marie-Anne Blondin

The US Bishops continue their observance of the Fortnight for Freedom, but north of the border of my country, another nation with Catholic roots observes its day today. I thought it appropriate to get informed about Canadian saints and feature someone worthy. I … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Thea Bowman

As the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom continues, we take an alternative track here. I’ve been promising more voices, and today, guest blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn contributes a stirring testimony for a stirring woman of our times. You can find more of … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Jeanne d’Arc

As the Fortnight for Freedom, continues, let’s keep with our examination of worthy women, many of whom were hassled, persecuted, or even martyred by their own Church. The legend of the 15th century peasant girl, Jeanne, is well-known to practically every … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Juana Inés de la Cruz

As a response to the US Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom, I’ve invited a few friends to supply appropriate essays on women who have exemplified the faith in the face of persecution, even at the hands of religious authorities. Today, my … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Hildegard of Bingen

Paralleling the USCCB Fortnight for Freedom, today’s worthy woman alternative is the doctor-to-be, Hildegard of Bingen. Her apostolate as a musician and composer is the most interesting aspect of her life … to me anyway. Others admire her as a mystic, … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mother Théodore Guérin

The US Bishops continue their Fortnight for Freedom. We continue here with worthy women. Anne-Thérèse Guérin was only thirteen years younger than yesterday’s featured worthy woman, but also French. After caring for her widowed mother and younger siblings, she entered religious … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Anne-Marie Javouhey

Worthy women are everywhere to be found. But as I research them, it seems as if France has a great share. Continuing a parallel observance to the Fortnight for Freedom, let’s look at a bit of the persecutions endured by the … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Louise (Mother St Andrew) Feltin

Continuing our alternative to the USCCB Fortnight for Freedom, I’d like to offer a story outline of Mother St Andrew Feltin, a 19th century missioner in the American West. Professor Anne M. Butler profiled her courage in the NYT last month. One … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Gertrude of Helfta

My good friend Fran sent the following essay for Worthy Women. As I think about worthy women, thoughts just keep coming to me over and over again, fed by a potentially unhealthy, but steady diet of church news. Reading about … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Mary Ward

Today I’d like to continue my alternative to the US Bishops’ Fortnight of Freedom. For the next thirteen days, I plan to profile a few of the many women who suffered a good bit at the hands of petty churchmen. I hesitate to … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Marguerite Porete

As a response to the US Bishops’ Fortnight of Freedom, I’d like to offer an alternative. My readers here know of my skepticism with the USCCB campaign. It strikes me as politically motivated, possibly. And even if the bishops protest that … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Starts Tomorrow

As a response to the US Bishops’ Fortnight of Freedom, I’d like to offer an alternative. The liturgical calendar from 21 June through 4 July is filled with many fine men who gave their lives for the faith. I have … Continue reading

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Communion In Exile

I’ve been taking some time with Sister Meg Funk’s 1998 book Thoughts Matter. In it she channels the great desert monk John Cassian and applies his fourth century principles for stabilizing the thoughts of the believer. I’m barely one-third of … Continue reading

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