Mother of Nine

Melanie Jean Juneau and I share a similar experience, and label: a pro-life feminist.  If you do a Google search you will see a site that proclaims that you can not be a feminist and pro-life.  I am old enough to have been in college when the feminist movement was at it’s height, the 1980’s.

I remember the movement being so angry towards men, demanding that we as women learn to care for ourselves that we didn’t need men, they were a waste of our time.

It wasn’t until I dated and married my husband that my feelings toward men changed.  I needed my husband and my husband needed me.  God calls us to be in relationship with each other.  Man will leave his father and mother, a woman will cling to her husband.  The Great Commandment tells us the Greatest way we can show our love of God is by how we treat others and ourselves.

I lived long enough to see the feminist movement become more “relaxed” telling women that men and women are equal but different.  Men began to find their sensitive sides and that is a blessing making them more like Christ than the macho attitude of John Wayne and the Marlboro Man.

Feminism has now swung toward the anger it showed in the late 70’s – 80’s.  We are back to standing on one side of the abyss shaking our fists at one

an other

.  Saint John Paul II called feminism: “The feminine genius” which refers to the idea that all of the ways in which women give of themselves are ways that reflect their capacity for physical or spiritual motherhood.  That we are unique, just as men


called by God to achieve our best, be our best and fulfill our calling of God.  That being a woman, a mother, a wife is a profound vocation.  But so are all the other things women do: being a nurse, teacher, boss; just so that first things will be first.

Which brings me to Melanie’s blog


Pro-Life IS Pro-Women

Perhaps I have finally discovered a label to describe myself – a pro-life feminist. At first glance theses two terms seem to oppose each other but true feminism is not the antithesis of motherhood or a pro-life stance. Contrary to standard stereotypes, one is pro-woman  precisely when one is pro-life. My story is simply a witness of a woman who discovered a liberation as a mother of a large family.

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Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director


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