Our holy father is continuing the work of St John Paul II in regards to women. He has repeatedly invited the Church to develop a “Theology of Women” and has offered once more his insights into this vital topic. The complete text of the catechesis of Pope Francis from September 16, 2015 is here

The Women of Grace National Conference is coming to Texas! It will be held in Grapevine on Oct 23-25. I have just registered and really looking forward to attending. The program looks solid and informative!

I attended the San Antonio, TX conference last year and it was fantastic! I highly recommend this year's conference set for late August.  I have heard some of the speakers before and I can say that they are really top notch. I took my mother with me and she was touched; in many ways she was also healed through the things these women had to say. I was so grateful for their ministry. Hope to see you there!
Since John Paul II was canonized last April, his feast day has been added to the the calendar of the universal Church. If you are interested in doing a novena to JPII (9 days of prayer leading up to his feast day) perhaps you might consider this litany composed by Fr Jim Chern of Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Litany to St John Paul II
Kyrie eleison; Kyrie eleison
Christe eleison; Christe eleison
Kyrie eleison; Kyrie eleison
Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
Servant of God, John Paul II, pray for us
Perfect disciple of Christ, pray for us
Generously gifted with the gifts of the Holy Spirit; pray for us
Great apostle of Divine Mercy; pray for us
Faithful Son of Mary; pray for us
Totally dedicated to the Mother of God; pray for us
Persevering preacher of the Gospel; pray for us
Pilgrim Pope; pray for us
Pope of the Millennium; pray for us
Model of industry; pray for us
Model of priests; pray for us
Drawing strength from the Eucharist; pray for us
Untiring man of prayer; pray for us
Lover of the rosary; pray for us
Strength of those doubting their faith; pray for us
Desiring to unite all those who believe in Christ; pray for us
Converter of sinners; pray for us
Defender of the dignity of every person; pray for us
Defender of life from conception to natural death; pray for us
Praying for the gift of parenthood for the infertile; pray for us
Friend of children; pray for us
Leader of youth; pray for us
Intercessor of families, pray for us
Comforter of the suffering; pray for us
Manly bearing his pain; pray for us
Sower of divine joy; pray for us
Great intercessor for peace; pray for us
Pride of the Polish nation; pray for us
Brilliance of the Holy Church; pray for us
That we may be faithful imitators of Christ; pray for us
That we may be strong with the power of the Holy Spirit; pray for us
That we may have trust in the Mother of God; pray for us
That we may grow in our faith, hope, and charity; pray for us
That we may live in peace in our families; pray for us
That we may know how to forgive; pray for us
That we may know how to bear suffering; pray for us
That we may not succumb to the culture of death; pray for us
That we may not be afraid and courageously fight off various temptations; pray for us
That he would intercede for the grace of a happy death; pray for us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us
Pray for us, St John Paul II, That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ

O Blessed Trinity, we thank you for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit to shine through him. Trusting fully in your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to your will the graces we implore, especially for [PAUSE TO ADD YOUR INTENTION]...AMEN
St John Paul II - PRAY FOR US! 

All the talk by Pope Francis about women and the Church is bearing fruit. Sr Mary has been appointed first ever female rector of a Pontifical University. She is a rock star in academia and theological circles. She says, "Women cannot measure how much space they have in the Church in comparison to men: we have a space of our own, which is neither smaller nor greater than the space men occupy. It is our space." 
Amen, sister!

A renewed interest in all things related to JPII has been great to watch, especially with this little video put together for children, but really for anyone wanting to know more about our beloved Papa!
After only 9 years, our beloved Papa Karol is now a saint! It was a big blessing to be present at the canonization mass, a really historic affair with two living popes presiding at the ceremony of two heavenly popes.

The Formula of Canonization:
"For the honor of the Blessed Trinity, the exultation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Christian life, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own, after due deliberation and frequent prayer for divine assistance, and having sought the counsel of many of our brother Bishops, we declare and define Blessed John XXII and John Paul II be Saints and we enroll them among the Saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."


According to a recent article in the Catholic News Agency, perhaps up to 5 million people will be attending the canonization ceremony next month. I will be attending myself, and have to admit to anxiety about the heaving crowds that are expected! Of course I am thrilled to be present for JPII, but am also very much looking forward to seeing our rock star holy father, Pope Francis!
A great article from Forbes.com- "The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits of Women," is a superb testament to the feminine genius in action. I love how the author discusses a woman's entrepreneurial skills as well as her mothering skills; it is not an "either/or" but a "both/and" combination that keeps society and families going!
An expansive and fresh interpretation of JPII's 'Theology of the Body' which I highly recommend! It is written in a down-to-earth, informal style that  brings John Paul's masterpiece down to brass tacks. Buy in bulk and give out to your friends, it is transformational! http://www.emilystimpson.com/these-beautiful-bones-an-everyday-theology-of-the-body.html