A Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious Theology of Womanhood

"Each woman's life, well lived, might be the best gospel anyone will ever read. But before the doing, before the carrying out of the mission, there is the being. The personhood of each woman, without her ever saying a word or doing a thing, is a sign of life.Womanhood. Life.Those terms are inseparable" -- Pat GohnOutside of my husband and sons and my heroic and saintly in-laws -- and my dear Benedict, who still astounds me -- I haven't got too many heroes in my life, but Pat … [Read more...]

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Think you’ve heard it all about abortion? Then think again!

(image courtesy of shutterstock.com)Someone asked me, recently, what I thought the status is of the pro-life movement, and I said, "sort of stagnant." Different polling shows different data (and as Sr. Mary Ann Walsh noted at the USCCB Media Blog, "it's all in how you ask the questions") but whether anything is really changing is anyone's guess and tactics -- on both sides -- are awfully stale and predictable. When it is politically expedient for them to do so, the pro-abortion side hauls … [Read more...]

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A “Year of Faith”, Whatzat?

Am I the only one who sees Don Bosco's dream represented in that logo?I have a deep feeling of excitement about the upcoming "Year of Faith" which Pope Benedict has declared for 2012-2013, and which begins on October 11. Our good pope has proven himself to be a savvy fellow who is very much aware of the times, and I think this year of faith is going to be something we at Patheos will be talking about a great deal. I've already more or less started with this piece.Pat Gohn, however, has a … [Read more...]

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Fearless Pat Gohn: “Do You Want to Pray About It?”

About a year ago, Pat Gohn and I were chatting via skype about work-related issues, when the subject came around to our kids. I mentioned that my older son was, that very day (and after a discouraging two year search) interviewing for a job that seemed perfect for him.Although I felt strongly that the Holy Spirit was at work, and that the job was "meant" for him, I suppose my voice still betrayed some tension; Pat picked up on it and said, "would you like to pray about it right now? We can … [Read more...]

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