Interview with Shannon Evans on Befriending Mary

…As someone who was not a cradle Catholic, Mary was actually my initial reason for NOT considering Catholicism... and now she's one of my favorite parts about it! My husband was interested in confirmation years before I was and I have one specific memory of him asking if I thought we'd ever convert and I immediately—I'm talking ZERO hesitation here—said, ‘No, I just don't think I could ever get over the Mary thing.’

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In Pursuit of a Relationship with Christ: Melissa Riviere's Conversion Story

I was taught from a very young age that you either loved Jesus and did what he said and would go to heaven, otherwise you would go to hell; there was no middle ground. I struggled with this from an early age because it made me think I had to be perfect, even though Jesus was the only perfect human.

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A Father’s Love: Meity Chen’s Conversion Story

Since attending Catholic School, I have learned that God is a Father who is ever loving and forgiving and always reaches out to His children. However, when I was a teenager I could not imagine such a loving Father when the only father I knew was alcoholic and abusive.

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A Story That Started with a Pick up Line: Annie Vaeth's Conversion Story

In the summer of 2004 I toured Europe. The Catholic churches, art, and beauty called to my artistic soul. I had no idea that boarding a train to Rome would start my headlong fall into the Catholic Church. But it wasn’t Rome that pushed me there. I met a guy. A sandy haired, enthusiastic, charismatic guy. The first thing he asked me was “are you Catholic?” That’s a pretty lousy pick up line, but it still worked. 

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The Church, a Home for the Disabled and Suffering: Hannah Anderson's Conversion Story

Growing up in Baptist churches where the Bible was read regularly, I was always confused by the many stories of Jesus giving blind men their sight or lepers being instantly healed as a sign of their faith. I’d often hear that illness and disability were a punishment for sin and that real faith could cure disease.

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Week Two: Interview with Janet Easter on the Feminine Genius

Femininity is not an affinity for pink, puppies, or frills and the like. Authentic femininity is quite something to behold. It pierces through a world that is thick in efficiency, that has forgotten the dignity possessed by every person.

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Week One: Interview with Sr. Theresa Aletheia on the Feminine Genius

I definitely believe women make unique contributions to family and society, but I also think the Church has a long way to go in communicating the implications of this reality. What does it really mean to be a woman in today’s world? What does it mean to be a man? The Church seems to be in the process of articulating answers to these questions in light of today’s gender-related issues.

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Reimagining the Genius of Womanhood Through the Lives of Catholic Women

This month, we want to take time to explore and recognize what this genius looks like in the lives of Catholic women today.

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