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As a stay-at-home mom, I say, “THANK YOU!”:
“While it must be recognized that women have the same right as men to perform various public functions, society must be structured in such a way that wives and mothers are not in practice compelled to work outside the home, and that their families can live and prosper in a dignified way even when they themselves devote their full time to their own family.
Furthermore, the mentality which honors women more for their work outside the home than for their work within the family must be overcome. This requires that men should truly esteem and love women with total respect for their personal dignity, and that society should create and develop conditions favoring work in the home.
With due respect to the different vocations of men and women, the church must in her own life promote as far as possible their equality of rights and dignity: and this for the good of all, the family, the church and society.
But clearly all of this does not mean for women a renunciation of their femininity or an imitation of the male role, but the fullness of true feminine humanity which should be expressed in their activity, whether in the family or outside of it, without disregarding the differences of customs and cultures in this sphere.”
from JPII’s On the Christian Family in the Modern World
I started reading Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families by Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas hoping to enjoy some quick, easy to read, feel-good stories about family life. You know the kind of book, full of cute and sometimes make you cry anecdotes.
However, the depth of spirituality and strength of love I witnessed in the testimonies in Big Hearted touched me deeply. As a wife and mother, my mind and heart related to the trials, the pain, the joy, the graces, and the real love flowing through the words in this book.
Every family travels an individual path through life. We families come in all different sizes and colors and bear unique combinations of God-given gifts, but we must and do learn, thankfully, from each other’s experiences.
In a time when the God-given institution of family (a holy, not merely social institution) is being contorted and perverted into whatever people feel is right, our world needs to know, see, and feel the presence of authentic families such as the beautiful ones featured in this book.
So, thank you Patti and Theresa as well as all the other contributors in Big Hearted, your testimonies are a true gift for us all!
Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families
by Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas
Publication Date: 2013
God generously gives particular graces to a woman through the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony and when she becomes a mother (at the conception of her first child) that are unique to a woman. Whether a woman chooses to accept these graces and let God’s goodness guide and bless her life or a woman chooses to script her own plan is what determines her eternal retirement plan and that of her family…and that is what matters most!
In the film Stranger Than Fiction (2006), the personification of a wristwatch tickled me…
Concerning its owner Harold Crick, the “Taxman” (Will Ferrell), tying his tie, the wristwatch “thought the single windsor made [Crick’s] neck look fat, but said nothing” for it wanted to be timely…well, it was only natural, right?
And when Crick was catching his morning commute bus, “his wristwatch would delight in the feeling of the crisp wind rushing over its face.” Other mentions of the wristwatch’s character appear throughout the film, but the character never develops. How could it, really? Hmm…
Anyway, the watch gets it right in the face at the end, but I didn’t mind its tragic demise. The personification amused me, but the watch never had my heart.
Sadly, I am finished with St. Anthony’s Messenger…as I think all practicing Catholics should be. This magazine has had a few articles here and there in the past fews years of my subscription that have been inconsistent with the teachings of the Church. I should have seen it coming…they are celebrating where celebration is not due. In fact, where it is downright wrong! The latest issue headlines Simone Campbell and her “Nuns on the Bus” group as a “tireless advocate [continuing] her campaign for social justice following last year’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.” (transcript)
Nuns on the Bus (NETWORK) is not a good representation of or for women in the Catholic Church. Campbell who leads this band of women isn’t doing any woman (or their unborn child/children) any good. If you cannot get the non-negotiable belief in the protection of life (from conception to natural death) right, then nothing else will follow with any fullness of Faith. Like anything else, we need to look at the financial backing and support…I haven’t seen any good news on this…OFA? Faith in Public Life?
So, what is left but to pray for these women, their followers, and for those who see this example and read it as a profession of what Catholics actually believe.