A civilization of love

February 20

“Women will increasingly play a part in the solution of the serious problems of the future: leisure time, the quality of life, migration, social services, euthanasia, drugs, health care, the ecology, etc. In all these areas a greater presence of women in society will prove most valuable, for it will help to manifest the contradictions present when society is organized solely according to the criteria of efficiency and productivity, and it will force systems to be redesigned in a way which favours the pro-cesses of humanization which mark the ‘civilization of love.'”

-St.John Paul II, Letter to Women

Today’s Reflection:

In Letter to Women, we are invited to be part of the solution for the serious problems of the future. Take time today to ponder your part in building a civilization of love. What is that special gift that you bring to the world?

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Thank you, women who work!

February 19

“Thank you, women who work! You are present and active in every area of life-social, economic, cultural, artistic and political. In this way you make an indispensable contribution to the growth of a culture which unites reason and feeling, to a model of life ever open to the sense of ‘mystery’, to the establishment of economic and political structures ever more worthy of humanity.”

-St.John Paul II, Letter to Women

Today’s Reflection:

Contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church appreciates women who work. In this quote from “Letter to Women,” St. John Paul II highlights the importance of bringing the “feminine genius” into every aspect of life. How can you bring your feminine genius into the spheres of influence in which God has placed you?

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The nation needs what we are

February 18

“The nation..doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.”

-St. Edith Stein

 

Today’s Reflection:

There are many ways in which the “feminine genius” is under attack in our day and time. From radical feminism, to gender confusion, to the aggressive attack on human life in the womb. How does St. Edith Stein’s quote above inspire you to bring your feminine genius and your unique gifts to our nation, and to the world?

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Meet the Young Women of Grace Development Team!

If you’re thinking of starting a group, or are already facilitating one, remember that the Young Women of Grace Development Team is here to help you with anything you might need, from how to get a group started to ways to keep your meetings interesting and fun. We’ll help you every step of the way! Just email young@womenofgrace.com and let us know how we can help.

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Want to Start a Young Women of Grace Group? Try These 8 Tips!

Spare time is a hot commodity for most teen girls. They cherish it and like to spend it doing fun things like chatting on social media, playing sports, and hanging out with their friends. The last thing they want to do in their off-hours is take another class. So if you’re interested in facilitating a Young Women of Grace group outside of school, here are a few tips to get you started.

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Dare to Prepare, Dare to Hope!

The following testimony is from Nicole Marshall, who addressed teens at the Young Women of Grace Dare to Prepare Advent Retreat which took place on December 8 at St. Joseph’s Church in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.

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The Genius of Guadalupe

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe isn’t situated in the middle of Advent out of coincidence. Advent was made for women – and not just because we bake all the cookies and buy all the gifts. Like us, Mary was made for this season and the way she completed her mission in Guadalupe gives us a blueprint of how to confront the challenges of today.

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Good Riddance to Miss America’s Swimsuit Competition

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

The new all-woman leadership of the Miss America pageant has decided to draw more attention to the beauty of authentic femininity rather than women’s body parts by axing the swimsuit competition and doing away with the concept of judging contestants based on their physical appearance. What could be wrong with that?

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Young Women of Grace: Saints in the Making!

Anna and Julianna are Young Women of Grace who meet at the Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and they just learned “How to Be a Saint in Six Easy Steps” from Chapter Three in the Study Guide.

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