March 29, 2019

This is a guest post by Megan Harper, a member and moderator of the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group. In my postpartum sleep-deprived haze, while breastfeeding my second child, I came across a show on Netflix called Workin’ Moms. I started watching immediately: I have only been a mom for two-and-a-half years, but I have been working full-time since five days after I graduated college, with breaks only for the occasional vacation and maternity leave. I was excited about the… Read more

March 23, 2019

This is a guest post by Athena Carson, a member of the Catholic Working Mother’s Facebook group. You can read Part 1 of this post here. In part 1, we introduced Joy Pullman’s article at the Federalist complaining about the CRADLE Act and discussed the big picture demographic issues involved. In sum, Ms. Pullman is simultaneously 1) complaining about lower fertility and 2) opposed to a simple proposal to relieve some of the pressures causing lower fertility. But then she continues… Read more

March 22, 2019

This is part 1 of a guest post by Athena Carson, a member of the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group. Many people have pointed out how complicated it can be to navigate family life in the United States, particularly in the areas of balancing family life with work. It’s an ongoing discussion as to what that means and what (if anything) we should do about it. Well, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) have introduced a bill called… Read more

March 15, 2019

A friend sent me a link to an article at The Federalist decrying the new paid family leave proposal presented by Republicans. I’m not well-versed or educated enough when it comes to the economic factors to have an opinion as to if their proposal is a good one, fiscally or otherwise. However, I was deeply and profoundly disturbed by the anti-life, pro-abortion messages pervading this piece. The Federalist is usually a stalwart pro-life advocate, but this piece is rife with… Read more

March 12, 2019

Lately, while reading online discussions in Catholic Facebook groups, I’ve observed comments about mortal sin that are along these lines: “[Sin X] is objectively mortal sin.” or “[Sin Y] is always a mortal sin in every circumstance.” This seems to be a common misconception, so I wanted to write a blog post to clear it up. What Is the Difference? The Catechism of the Catholic Church makes a clear distinction between grave sin and mortal sin. 1857 For a sin… Read more

March 5, 2019

This is exciting news! Venerable Fulton Sheen’s cause has faced delay after delay, and it looks as though the stalling may finally come to an end. Per the Diocese of Peoria: It is again with great joy that Bishop Daniel Jenky, Bishop of Peoria, Illinois, and Promoter of the Cause for Canonization of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen, announces the unanimous decision of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, ruling in favor of Joan Sheen Cunningham’s petition to transfer the… Read more

February 27, 2019

I posted this book update on my Facebook page and in the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group, but I just realized I haven’t posted the news here yet! I have a release date for my book: May 28, 2019! I’m so thrilled to have a release day that has such deep personal significance to me — it’s my oldest daughter’s baptism anniversary (5/28/2005) and the day before my First Holy Communion & Confirmation anniversary (5/29/2003). My middle daughter has her… Read more

February 20, 2019

A year ago today, I experienced my second layoff in less than a year. My first layoff, from my job of eight years, occurred in April 2017; I started a new job in July 2017 and was subsequently laid off again the following February. The same week I was laid off, my husband was offered a new job that included a significant pay raise, so we mutually decided that I’d take a break from the workforce for a while. Part… Read more

February 14, 2019

In early 2007, my daughter Elanor, who had just turned two, was attending a local daycare center in our city. Around the beginning of February, the director of the center told me that they were going to have a Valentine’s Day party on February 14. All of the kids from the toddlers on up were going to make valentines for each other, and they wanted each child to bring in a homemade valentine box. I inwardly winced; I knew I… Read more

February 11, 2019

A member of Catholic Working Mothers posted this in the group today (post and pictures shared with her permission): A card came in the mail today and my address was printed onto it. The card was stuffed with a bunch of gift cards and a receipt for them—totaling over $200 but to places I’ve never heard of. There was a receipt too. The websites for these cards seem to indicate they are real and valid but again, all places I’d… Read more

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