US Catholic Faith in Real Life

In response to the <a href="http://www.uscatholic.org/january2011>January 2011 special issue on women</a>, <em>U.S. Catholic</em> has invited our writers, scholars, and readers to contribute their thoughts on how they keep the faith as women in the church. Check back throughout January to read how both prominent and ordinary women answer this question. You may also share your own reflections by submitting a guest blog post (about 500 words) to <a href="mailto:onlineeditor@uscatholic.org">onlineeditor@uscatholic.org</a>.

A Sister’s faith: Gift

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Three Sisters reflect on keeping the faith. The last approaches faith as a gift from God.

A Sister’s faith: Jesus

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Three Sisters reflect on keeping the faith. The second focuses on her relationship with Jesus.

A Sister’s faith: Listening

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Three Sisters reflect on keeping the faith. The first does so by listening to God in her calling and prayers.

Envisioning community

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The way this cradle Catholic looks at the world, she sees community all around her.

Guest blog by Joan Krebs

My first response to the question of how I keep the faith as a woman in the church and the one to which I keep returning is a paraphrase of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "Let me count the ways." On further reflection I find it boils down to a very few. 


Entering the big tent

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A new member finds a lot of space for her to find her place in the church.

One foot on the margins

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One woman keeps the faith by keeping in touch with the poor.

Gender doesn’t matter

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Women have many roles in life, writes one reader, including the role of disciple.

Sustained by grace

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In a pick-your-spiritual-path culture, one young woman doesn’t have a choice about faith because it chose her.

Men versus women

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When I set out to find women to comment on how they keep the faith as a woman in the church, I wondered how our male readers would take it.


Trinity of hope

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The people, world, and Word of God are three things that helps author Megan McKenna keep faith in the Holy Trinity.

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