Sunday, March 8 marks International Women's Day for 2020. Seeing as this podcast centers around the feminine genius and the genius of women, I wanted to be the first to wish you all a happy International Women's Day and also share a few of my favourite things that I've come across that celebrate women or are projects by amazing women to help you celebrate...and of course, I also encourage you to go back and re-listen to your favourite episodes of The Feminine Genius, too :)
"It is thus my hope, dear sisters, that you will reflect carefully on what it means to speak of the "genius of women", not only in order to be able to see in this phrase a specific part of God's plan which needs to be accepted and appreciated, but also in order to let this genius be more fully expressed in the life of society as a whole, as well as in the life of the Church." — Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Women (1995)
"Women of the entire universe, whether Christian or non-believing, you to whom life is entrusted at this grave moment in history, it is for you to save the peace of the world." — Pope St. Paul VI, Address of Pope Paul VI to Women (1965)
Of course, you should definitely start off with the source himself, the great Pope St. John Paul II, who coined the term 'feminine genius'! His apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (1988) and subsequent Letter to Women (1995) are great primers. If we go back even further, Pope St. Paul VI addressed women at the close of the Second Vatican Council (1965). These certainly aren't the only popes who have written on women — in fact, popes from over the past 100 years have discussed and written about femininity and women in the Church.
Podcasts to check out
Abiding Together — The podcast that started it all for me! Hosted by superwomen Heather Khym, Michelle Benzinger, and Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, Abiding Together provides a "place of connection, rest, and encouragement for women who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ." If you aren't listening yet... you need to!
Becoming Gold — A new podcast by a local BC creative, Laura-Anne Smid! You know her as a wedding photographer extraordinaire, and now with this podcast she brings you in to conversations she has with Catholic couples, which is incredibly inspiring and important to hear from!
Let Love: A podcast with the Sisters of Life — Earlier this year, the Sisters of Life graced us with the release of their podcast Let Love! These life-loving sisters delve into the truth that God has written onto all of our hearts: that we are all made in His image and are so, so valuable to Him.
The Catholic Feminist — Another brilliant podcast hosted by Claire Swinarski, this podcast is for Catholic women "who want to be inspired, informed, and intentional." It's super uplifting to hear the conversations that Claire has with women on some pretty tough and challenging topics, like mental health, poverty, eating disorders, women's rights, and more.
Blogs & websites to check out
Arise, Beloved — A blog that I stumbled upon on Facebook that is the home of a women's ministry with the goal of authentic witness of being a woman of God who isn't afraid to "talk about the hard things and the reality of living in this broken world". For women, we should have no fear of these things, because the Lord will restore us. They also recently launched a podcast to dive into these topics for your listening pleasure! Also, their website is GORGEOUS and #goals.
Blessed Is She — A given! The ministry that these women have is a huge reason as to why I returned back to the faith in 2016. Everything they create is meaningful, intentional and not to mention incredibly beautiful. In particular, I really love the daily devotionals and seasonal print devotionals that they have to walk women through Lent and Advent.
The Catholic Woman — This site has always been one of my favourites because it features letters written by Catholic women across all walks of life on a variety of topics. These letters get incredibly personal and to the heart of what it means to be a Catholic woman in our society today and in the 21st century. I'm so thankful for the witness and vulnerability of these writers! They also have great interiews and mini feature films that serve as excellent spiritual material for the soul.
Amazing female artists I LOVE
Please check out the work and art of these lovely ladies! If you like what you see, consider supporting them and shopping local:
May we continue to be lights for everyone around us, and carry the peace and love of Jesus to others!
Who else are you listening to, reading, or inspired by? Be sure to let me know in the comments!