I have a new page up now on the website featuring the writings of others who also have an interest in John Paul's take on 'woman.' As I mentioned in my last blog post, Sr. Bernadette OCD, a gifted writer and friend from England, has written a piece for me to share with you here. If you feel so moved, feel free to contact her via their site at: www.carmelitesbirkenhead.org.uk.

Please keep me in your prayers as I have recently started a new job back into junior high teaching. I find it exhausting and exhilarating at the same time!

Also,  keep Nov. 9th-12th in mind - the National Council for Catholic Women will be holding their annual convention in Chicago where I will be presenting a session on 'Authentic Womanhood.' Hope to see you there!
 
 
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The cliffs along the coast of Cornwall, England
I recently spent a few weeks back in my old stomping grounds of England. I was there mainly to attend a friend's wedding but also to catch up with lots of good friends.
During the long train ride from the Southwestern coast all the way up north to York (an 8 hr journey!), I took the opportunity to read again Stasi and John Eldredge's book, Captivating. It has been a few years since my last read of it, but well worth re-visiting. I would highly recommend it to you! The subtitle of the book is 'Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman's Soul', which should tell you my interest in it.
I think the book brings many of John Paul's insights into femininity down to brass tacks, so to speak. It makes it clear why God had to create in his image and likeness a man and a woman. One being just wouldn't cut it. Both tell something of who God is. In the hopes of getting you to read this book, I will leave it at that and hope you decide to pursue it yourself!
Speaking of Captivating reminds me of my good friend Sr Bernadette, a Carmelite nun in Birkenhead, near Liverpool. We had lots of time to catch up, especially since she too has an abiding interest in 'woman' and we had a great time hashing out Captivating. Sr. Bernadette has written a piece about John Paul's reflections on what it means to be a consecrated nun and I will eventually publish it on this site, (please be patient!) but in the meantime you can find out more about the Carmelites listed on the 'Links' page.