I started a book last night. I read 70 pages in 45 minutes. It was that good. I finished it today. The title is Breaking Through: Catholic Women Speak For Themselves.
I am not a get-in-your-face evangelizer. Speaking or writing about God, Jesus Christ and my church is not my evangelizing style. Rather I choose to LIVE it, to allow my actions, my soul and sheer love for other human beings shine through and trusting that God will plant the seed in others I interact with. If someone respectfully questions my beliefs or my faith, then I have no trouble sharing my reasons and my intensely personal story on my journey away from God and back.
The issues that Catholic women are facing these days are HARD. I consistently see messages, updates, tweets etc. conveying a similar message: How can Catholic women adhere to such antiquated and countercultural ideals? How do I reconcile my strong moral beliefs with a culture that appears determined to tell me I am wrong. A culture that tells me I am betraying my fellow women.
Breaking Through is a compilation of essays by Catholic woman. Educated strong Catholic women. An ob-gyn who used to perform abortions and prescribe contraception. A hip late-twenties single woman living in D.C. who actually practices chastity. A couple of Ph.D’s, a couple of lawyers, a couple of M.D.’s. The topics include
- Navigating Dating and Sexpectations
- Feminism, freedom and contraception
- Children versus a “better me”
- Being Catholic in light of the sexual abuse scandal
- Faith, psychology and same sex attraction
As a law school educated Catholic woman, I picked up this book and very nearly couldn’t put it down. While I am not ashamed to discuss my faith, it is difficult for me to articulate the reasons behind the church’s teachings and why I believe what I believe. I just know I believe. The faith journey is a complicated one. One that requires research, prayer and love. This book helped me to think critically about my reasons and my faith.
If you are a practicing Catholic woman, I highly recommend this book. If you are a Catholic woman who struggles to reconcile the Church’s teaching with society’s current moral standards, I highly recommend this book. If you are a non-practicing Catholic woman, I highly recommend this book.
Actually, if you are a man or a woman, Catholic or not, I recommend this book. It is my opinion that we can all learn a great deal about each other and slowly begin to erase the vitriole which has grown to almost epic proportions between Catholics and Non Catholics. Christians and non-Christians. Regardless of your beliefs, we all need to love each other.
I have gay friends. I have friends who have suffered through abortions. I have friends who use contraception. I have friends who have sex outside of marriage. But I love them all just the same. That is what God commands me to do. And I do it happily and heartily. I challenge all of you to do the same.