The Young Women of Grace program is just over a year old and, thanks to the creativity and generosity of women leaders, is finding its way into a variety of settings which now include CCD classes.
A recent issue of Vogue Magazine featured a glowing article claiming that “every woman is a witch whether she knows it or not” and suggests that “awakening your inner witch” is the way for women to become empowered in today’s world.
Johnnette’s UN speech was inspiring for many reasons, but what I loved the most was the way it opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of God’s mission for women and finding it through our authentic femininity. After reflecting on it more, I couldn’t help but question why I had never seen myself, or women in general, as makers and builders of peace. Because of this, her speech taught me how crucial our roles are as women.
History was made two weeks ago, when Women of Grace® founder, Johnnette Benkovic, delivered a message about the dignity and vocation of women to the world stage at the United Nations – a message delivered while standing in the shadow of the same Pilgrim Virgin Statue that first visited this global entity 65 years ago!
“In Ramah is heard the sound of moaning, of bitter weeping!
Rachel mourns her children,
she refuses to be consoled
because her children are no more.” — Jer. 31:15
In my bifurcated mind in that most horrific moment, I wondered who was slaughtering an animal in our back yard until I realized the piercing cries were coming from myself – a mother’s intense grief in learning that her only son had been killed in a vehicular accident shortly after his return from Iraq. It was then the Scripture passage quoted above entered into my left-brain to inform my right – “This is what it means in Scripture when its says Rachel wails for her children who are no more.” I am Rachel.
Today, all of Manchester, as well as the greater part of the civilized world, mourns the loss of the young girls and teens who were brutally injured and savagely murdered by the attack of a suicide bomber who, I feel certain, was aimed at taking out those who would bring the next generation to life. Read the rest…
Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
We will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Fatima on Saturday, which begins with a miraculous event at the United Nations tomorrow, but the messages that rocked the world a century ago continue to speak to the hearts and minds of the faithful everywhere.
Feast of St. Pius V, Pope
On Praying the Rosary
“… seeing that the Church militant, which God has placed in our hands, in these our times is tossed this way and that by so many heresies, and is grievously troubled and afflicted by so many wars, and by the depraved morals of men, we also raise our eyes, weeping but full of hope, unto that same mountain, whence every aid comes forth, and we encourage and admonish each member of Christ’s faithful to do likewise in the Lord.”
–Pope St. Pius V Read the rest…
Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor (1347 – 1380)
“You asked for suffering…You were, in effect, asking for love and light and knowledge of the truth. For suffering and sorrow increase in proportion to love” When love grows, so does sorrow … Endure courageously, then.
From The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena Read the rest…
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673 – 1716)
“… the greatest saints, the souls richest in graces and virtues, shall be the most assiduous in praying to our Blessed Lady, and in having her always present as their perfect model for imitation and their powerful aid for help.”
–St. Louis de Montfort from True Devotion Read the rest…
“It is no use walking to preach unless we preach as we walk.”
–St. Francis of Assisi Read the rest…