Thursday, 1 March 2018

Dancing Through Life Lessons: The Catholic Feminist

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     Hello my pretties. I hope you all are doing well. I've had some major life changes happen since my last post, namely, being forced to take the rest of the semester off + the summer because of my health issues. I, unfortunately, had to move back to my parents house (if you know me at all you know I absolutely hate living there). But on the flip side, I'm going to be looking for a job in the mornings, possibly taking a half semester class at the community college as well as starting ballet again. The first two are tentative at the moment but the latter one is a concrete plan. I am loving the fact that I'm getting back into ballet. I will also be back weekly blog posts on Wednesdays and YouTube videos on Sundays.
     Another big life change is that I am converting to Catholicism. I'm taking an online Catechism class right now and my hope is that I will be baptized and announced in the Catholic faith by Easter. Now with being a Catholic, there is a lot of controversy over whether or not Catholics can be feminists too. And that is exactly what I'm going to talk about today. Why you can be a Catholic and a feminist.
(Disclaimer: Catholics are Christians and was the first religion to be recognized by the Government. Catholicism has been around for 2000 years. This was stated on Britiannica.com).

What do Catholics believe?
Here is a list that explains the basic catholic beliefs as stated in the Catholicism for Dummies book:
  1. The Bible is the inspired, error-free, and revealed word of God.
  2. Baptism, the rite of becoming a Christian, is necessary for salvation whether the Baptism occurs by water, blood, or desire.
  3. God’s Ten Commandments provide a moral compass — an ethical standard to live by.
  4. he existence of the Holy Trinity — one God in three persons. Catholics embrace the belief that God, the one Supreme Being, is made up of three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
     Catholics also believe that since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, all humans are born with original sin, which only Baptism removes. A happier belief is in grace, a totally free, unmerited gift from God. Grace is a sharing in the divine; the inspiration to do God’s will.

Here are some examples of common Catholic Prayers:
     Our Father (Also known as The Lord's Prayer): Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
     Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
     Glory Be: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
     Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You. I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, My God, who are all good and worthy of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.

What exactly is a feminist?
     Simply stated feminists are women who believe in gender equality. There various branches of Feminism but the one thing that they all have in common is equality. 
    An ideal definition of gender equality also affirms that men don’t have to give in to the temptation to be aggressive, controlling, and objectify women. We can appreciate what their masculinity offers the world while not looking down on a man who knows how to communicate his feelings, or who isn’t ashamed to admit his failures and weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9).
     An ideal feminism incorporates the virtue of humility. It’s saying we all have something valuable to offer whether male or female but neither of us have everything, therefore we respect our differences and build each up. We need each other (Genesis 1:26-28).

Did you know that Jesus was a feminist?
     Before we dig deep, let's take a step back and allow our minds to be wowed by the fact that He chose to bring salvation to the world through a woman – Mary.
     He allowed women to keep company with Him and His disciples (Luke 8:2-3, 23:49, Matthew 27:55-56, Mark 15:40-41)?
     Jesus affirmed the dignity of women by treating them the same as He treated His male disciples. They were appreciated as valuable messengers of His gospel of love, while respected for the different role they would play in conversion of Christianity from the men.
  1. Now let me ask you this; who stood at the foot of the cross? The women disciples.
  2. Who were the first people to realize Jesus had risen from the dead? It was the women.
  3. This alone goes to show you how important women were during Christ's time on Earth.
    Let’s look at John the beloved disciple versus Mary. John was anointed with the gift of the holy priesthood, as were the other apostles. As men, this was how they were called to serve the Church, their bride, using their individual strengths and masculine leadership qualities.
    Mary, on the other hand, was appointed to be the mother of the whole Church and offer her feminine gifts to serve all of mankind. Every Christian woman is called to follow in her footsteps and use their femininity to be mothers and sisters in service of the world.

    Men and woman each have different roles specific to their gifts. Each is important. Take a look at
1 Corinthians 7:7, "I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that."
    Catholicism and all other religions hold the key to how society views feminism. But they do not hold the cure to changing society. You and I do. So speak up, make your voices heard. Be the change you wish to see in the world and maybe one day your change will spark a chain reaction will eventually change society.

What we need according to Life Teen:
  1. We have to change our mindset about men and women and try to conform our ideals to God’s.
  2. We need to make a commitment to not judge anyone for their choice of career and to affirm mothers that choosing to stay home with their children is just as noble as being CEO of the year.
  3. We need to stop shaming men for having a soft side and women for standing strong.
  4. We need to demand just wages for women who all deserve to have an equal share in the dignity of work.
  5. We need to not look at children as a curse, a weakness, or a problem to be rid of but as a blessing that proclaims the unique power of a woman’s body.
  6. We need to teach that abortion and contraception are not a win for feminism but a loss… an offense against the beauty and nature of a woman’s body. It teaches her that a full life is only found in controlling and manipulating her reproductive capacity.
  7. We need to relate to each other in a way that exemplifies to the rest of the world that sexuality is a gift to treasured, not a commodity to be bought, sold, and objectified.
  8. We need to act toward one another as Jesus would, true men and true women relating to each other out of respect and love, not competition and resentment. If our actions were measured up against God’s ruler, how different the gender equality battle would be today.
     To conclude this post, I will leave you with this beautiful quote by Edith Stein: “Christ embodies the ideal of human perfection: in Him all bias and defects are removed, and the masculine and feminine virtues are united and their weaknesses redeemed; therefore, His true followers will be progressively exalted over their natural limitations. That is why we see in holy men a tenderness and a truly maternal solicitude for the souls entrusted to them while in holy women there is manly boldness, proficiency, and determination.”

Catholicism is the answer. We are the cure.

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~Poodle
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