We three are from the oft-mentioned, widely-speculated upon demographic of young, twenty-something Catholic women. We’re here to dispel the myths and misconceptions- please join us for the discussion! And LIKE us on Facebook.
The Bright Maidens post series was created before Lent 2011 by three bloggers turned friends. It continues on bi-monthy, week-long posting schedule, bringing new apologetics to the young and older alike. We adore Blessed Pope John Paul II, his call to the New Evangelization, and his description of the Feminine Genius!
We’re here to answer: 1 Timothy 4:12’s call: “Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.”
The Bright Maidens:
I am a recent college graduate; passionately and faithfully Roman Catholic; employed; discerning my vocation; seeking God in the everyday and on runs with my dog. I have always worked in a corner office, but the view keeps changing.
“The brothers asked Abba Agathon: Father, which of the virtues is our way of life demands the greatest effort? He said to [them]: Forgive me, but there is no effort comparable to prayer to God. In fact, whenever you want to pray, hostile demons try to interrupt you. Of course they know that nothing but prayer to God entangles them. Certainly when you undertake any other good work, and persevere in it, you obtain rest. But prayer is a battle all the way to the last breath.”
— ‘Desert Wisdom: Sayings From the Desert Fathers,’ translated and art by Yushi Nomura
I’m a twenty-three year old college grad who believes in the fullness of the Catholic faith. I’m often found with a mug of tea, a book in hand, slippers on my feet, and a picture of my godson nearby.
“Therefore the Church gives thanks for each and every woman: for mothers, for sisters, for wives; for women consecrated to God in virginity; for women dedicated to the many human beings who await the gratuitous love of another person; for women who watch over the human persons in the family, which is the fundamental sign of the human community; for women who work professionally, and who at times are burdened by a great social responsibility; for “perfect” women and for “weak” women – for all women as they have come forth from the heart of God in all the beauty and richness of their femininity; as they have been embraced by his eternal love; as, together with men, they are pilgrims on this earth, which is the temporal “homeland” of all people and is transformed sometimes into a “valley of tears”; as they assume, together with men, a common responsibility for the destiny of humanity according to daily necessities and according to that definitive destiny which the human family has in God himself, in the bosom of the ineffable Trinity.”
–Venerable Pope John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem (31)
Young cradle Catholic learning my way into the life I was meant to lead. I’m grateful to my family for helping God shape me. “Become what you are.” -JPII.
“The accidents of life separate us from our dearest friends, but let us not despair. God is like a looking glass in which souls see each other. The more we are united to Him by love, the nearer we are to those who belong to Him.”
–St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (E’s patron saint!)
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Our series has been featured at and/or plugged by Tito Edwards (National Catholic Register and The Pulp.It), Lisa Graas (Lisa Graas), Stacy Trasancos (Accepting Abundance), Anthony S. Layne (Outside the Asylum), Elizabeth Scalia (The Anchoress), and, most recently, in the Among Women podcast with Pat Gohn (Part 1).
What people are saying…
“I am so encouraged by your desire to give voice to the Catholic women’s population who believe as you do. The secular media tries to oppress our voice and make only those who reject the teachings of the Church (of Christ) heard. I too, believe in our great gift of femininity, as Blessed (almost) John Paul II said.”
–Kelly R., reader and mother of daughters