Hildegard of Bingen: Saint, Future Church Doctor, Baller

RomeReports did an awesome little video on the Bright Maidens‘ patron saint, St. Hildegard of Bingen, a future Doctor of the Church. Watch here:

These videos always make me think, what will my legacy be in the world? How can I humbly contribute? We are not all called to be Doctors of the Church, but we’re certainly all called to be saints.

p.s. Have you liked the Bright Maidens’ FB page yet? Do you follow us on Twitter? Join in the conversation! We have some exciting news coming up, so stay tuned!

If you need me, I’ll be at the zoo

Yep, you read that right. The Zoo (zoo-zoo! How about you-you-you?).

Two of my sisters at the Cincinnati Zoo

I am posting my Bright Maidens post on PDA in the Digital Age late to encourage all of you to do so as well (contributions may be posted on our FB wall!) Actually, I started another job to help pay for the bills and future bills, and I am still organizing my time accordingly. Mea culpa!

To make up for my delinquency, I am sharing two videos of great songs Mumford & Sons have covered. They are one of my FAVORITEST bands; they are uber-talented and have a lot of Christian allusions in their songs. Enjoy!

Here is a video introduction to their awesomeness:

I really am going to the zoo today with the 3 year old and 9 month I now nanny a few days a week. I’m so excited!!!

Happy All Souls Day, friends!

Dresses Rule, Pants Drool and Other Facts of Life

TBM Topic 15: The Feminine Genius – The Dress

“Dresses Rule, Pants Drool and Other Facts of Life” by Julie Robison
“Dresses & the Apostolate of Beauty” by Trista at Not a Minx, Moron, or a Parasite
“Month of the Dress” by Elizabeth at Startling the Day

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!

I’ll never forget standing in line for dinner at college. First of all, I’m in line for food I pre-paid for but did not want at present, minus the cereal bar (which I could have eaten in my dorm room).

Secondly, I was standing behind a girl and her boyfriend. The girl had been on the hall I was an RA for; the boyfriend was Trad-Catholic. She said hi and introduced us. I was wearing jeans. He told me girls shouldn’t wear pants. I asked him where Jesus forbade women from wearing pants; was it before or after he gave us the Golden Rule to love our neighbor as ourselves?

Our relationship, as you can guess, did not blossom.

Females hate being told what to do. That is our job, to boss the rest of the world around!

Another reason that particular male upset me is because I actually prefer dresses and skirts, but I also like that I have the opportunity to wear pants (especially in college, while trudging through feet of snow), just as I like that I have the opportunity to vote, hold a job and make my own life decisions.

Females have not only the ability to wear pants, but to look nice in pants, especially if the pair fits well; if the pair also happens comes in a fabulous color, more power to pants!

Would I look cuter wearing pants in this picture? Dubious.

These opportunities, sadly, are few and far between. As Fall approacheth, women ask the big question: where have all the good pants gone? With a decline in tailored clothes, pants now fit awkwardly in order to appease the masses. My sisters and I lament: The butt is too big. The legs are too skinny. These hips don’t lie.

Hence, I love wearing dresses and skirts. There is true genius in this for-female-use-only attire, and here are my top TEN reasons why I think so:

10. Wearing a dress makes girls feel put together and confidant! No matter a girl’s size, few people look dumpy in a dress. Dresses have the ability to make you feel pretty.

So many beautiful girls in beautiful dresses!

9. God made us women to be the most beautiful creatures on earth, inside and out. If we want to show our inner beauty, why not show off our outer beauty too by wearing dresses? Heels are optional; I prefer kitten heels or ballet flats myself.

8. To look (and want to look!) pretty is not vain, unless you only care about your outer appearance. Remember in Jane Eyre? When Jane’s friend had her beautiful curls cut off to keep her from becoming vain? Unnecessary, according to Roman Catholic theology. Beauty is a reflection of God’s goodness in the world.

7. Dresses and skirts help draw attention to the waist, not the hips, unlike pants. More proof that pants are not your friend.

6. Dresses flatter the body much better than pants ever could. Also, you are fully clothed if you are wearing a dress. If you only wore pants, that would be indecent!

5. Dresses are versatile! They can be dressed up and down, based on accessories, fabric and style. You could wear the same dress for a week and look different every day. If boys can wear the same pants every day, why can’t girls wear the same dress? They can also be worn year-round and in any weather, unlike pants and shorts.

Isn’t Bear gorgeous? And her dress? Divine!

4. The colors, Duke, the colors! Not to mention, the patterns, the fabrics, the styles and the occasions that all help make a dress great. Pants can have all of the above too, but the effect would not be the same. Dressing up is like becoming a work of art, and more fully shows your womanly beauty in a wholesome way.

3. Dresses require more effort to be modest. If one is wearing a dress, a lady must cross her legs or ankles. If one’s dress has no sleeves or dips a bit, then a lady must wear extra clothing to cover her shoulders and/ or chest area. A lady loves sundresses, but not short dresses.

2. Dresses are not just for girly-girls. Dresses are for all girls! Dresses are a distinct style that no person can imitate. No girl wears the same dress the exact same way. As Lilly Dache said, “Glamour is what makes a man ask for your telephone number. But it also is what makes a woman ask for the name of your dressmaker.”

1. Dresses are classy. Catholics are classy. Ergo, Catholic girls wear dresses!

Grace Kelly: Catholic, classy and fellow dress wearer

There are, of course, perks to wearing pants too. This is the only one I am willing to concede:

Happy Tuesday!

Summer Readin’, Having A Blast!

TBM Topic 14: Summer Reading

“Summer Readin’, Having A Blast!” by Julie Robison
“Bright Maidens: Summer Reading” by Trista at Not a Minx, Moron, or a Parasite
“In Which I Pretend Perfect Weather Exists” by Elizabeth at Startling the Day

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!

I wish I could tell you more about my summer nights than the sad fact that I got home from work around 9:30 p.m. last night and was so tired/ too frazzled to write (I write for work; too much typing and thinking yesterday). Alas, my summer days are driftin’ away and oh! Oh, those summer nights… reading late before bed. I recorded a video of me briefly discussing the six books I am into right now. I’m technically juggling more than six books right now, but such are the reading habits of a chronic multi-tasker!

Julie’s book list
Second Friends: C.S. Lewis and Ronald Knox in Conversation by Milton Walsh
Thy Will Be Done by St. Francis de Sales
Departed Angels: The Lost Paintings -by Jack Kerouac, text by Ed Adler
Surprised by Canon Law by Pete Vere & Michael Trueman
Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam by Cardinal Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI and Marcello Pera
The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene

What are you reading right now? Tell me more, tell me more!

Bonus: Fr. Schall on why it’s better to read a few authors than to stray through many.

Do People Actually Eat Bran Flakes?

Week 16, yee-haw! Another really busy week, so my compulsive information sharing side is especially showing today.

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First, I must shamelessly plug the Bright Maiden series. This week’s topic was contraception. My piece is “Evil Don’t Look Like Anything”; Elizabeth’s piece is “Beyaz Yourself”; Trista’s piece is “Wearing Crucifixes and Condoms.” Many thanks to Tito Edwards at The Pulp.It for not only plugging my piece, but putting it on the top slot!

If you’re enjoying this series, you’re in luck: you can now like us on Facebook. Yeah, the Bright Maidens are going high-tech! Help us spread the good news about Christ and his Catholic Church! Two of us are in journalism, all three of us are products of Catholic education in some capacity, as well as non-Catholic education, so we know keenly the anti-Catholic prejudices and general misinformation out there, among Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

I also made an informational Bright Maidens page on my blog. Please humor me and look at it; compliments accepted at any time and place!

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Fr. Barron on the last acceptable prejudice, anti-Catholicism:

Have I mentioned how awesome Fr. Barron is? PURE AWESOME.

H/T Marcel LeJuene at Aggie Catholics

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Do you know who else is wonderful? Sen. Rand Paul: “You busybodies always want to do something to tell us how we can live our lives better; keep it to yourselves. Try to convince us through persuasion, but don’t threaten to put us in jail or put us out of business if we don’t accept your way of thinking.”

H/T Thomas Peters at CatholicVote

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Some of you may remember me mentioning yesterday that my mother is not at home this week– she is in Florida, celebrating her mother’s 75th birthday with her parents and sisters. Which is dandy and all, but we, the left behind children, have no cereal in the house. Correction: no edible cereal. Dad bought bran flakes by accident two weeks ago and no one will touch them with a ten foot spoon. I would have gone to the store, but, seeing as I did not get home till after 10 p.m. last night and did not discover how desperate we are on the cereal front until I was starving this morning, alas, just the last of the rice krispies for me!

Moral of the story: I love my mom. She never lets the cereal run low. Have you thanked your mom lately for being great? (Dads are great too, even though mine called me “pokie” this morning [as in “slow poke”].)

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Warning: this next video is beyond cute.

Michael Barber, a professor of Theology, Scripture and Catholic Thought at John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, and a blogger at The Sacred Page, posted a video of him and his wife asking their two year old son (also Michael) theology questions, like, you know, on transubstantiation. Not only does the two year old shame most Catholics and get them right, but, seriously, he’s adorable:

H/T The Sacred Page (has a transcript on the post too)

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Look what happened on St. Patrick’s Day in Sydney, Australia…

Happiness! H/T Mary DeTurris Poust at OSV Daily Take

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I am so excited for this weekend! I have work to do, yes, but after the to-do list is completed-ish, I get to see a few favorite people!! Including:

And tomorrow is St. Joseph’s feast day; I hope you will all be drinking wine!

Happy Friday! See Conversion Diary for more.