Catholic Women Speak for Themselves
Edited by Helen M. Alvaré
Catholic women are facing unprecedented questions about sex, money, marriage, work, children and the hurch itself - questions with innumerable personal and societal repercussions. Is it even possible that the teachings of a 2,000 year old religion are still relevant for today's toughest issues?
A quick tour of leading cultural indicators seems to say "no." But this is far from the whole story. Many women, courageously facing questions their mothers and grandmothers would never have encountered, are finding intellectually and spiritually satisfying answers within the framework of their Catholic faith.
Nine such Catholic women - varying widely in age, occupation and experience - share personal stories of how they struggled toward the realization that the demands of their faith actually set them free. Their stories - full of honesty, but ultimately hope - shed new light and new clarity on women's continued attraction to the Catholic faith.
Not every essay will speak to you. Borrow from a friend.
Upon receiving Breaking Through, I was confused as to why Our Sunday Visitor asked me to review this book, but God must have wanted me to learn a little bit more about the fairer sex, and I certainly did reading this book. There are ten chapters in this book, with two written by the editor Helen M. Alvare and eight by other notable Catholic women. Topics include contraception, dating, careers, single motherhood, and many others.
The most interesting chapter to me was Chapter 3: Sex, Mating, and the Marriage "Market" by Elise Italiano. This chapter is aimed at the single Catholic woman, and though I am no longer on the "market," I remember what it was like to be looking for the one and wondering if she even existed. She does by the way. From my own personal experience, I have seen that there are many more single Catholic women who care about their faith than single Catholic Full Review...
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