I've had a limited exposure to the Edith Stein Project at Notre Dame but all I've read about this student initiative is inspiring and hopeful. Mirror of Justice is posting information about their very recent conference which included luminaries in the field of authentic femininity. Those of us who couldn't be there can at least bask in the knowledge that such discussions took place:
- Wendy Shalit, author of “A Return to Modesty” and the forthcoming “Girls Gone Mild” opened the conference with a talk entitled “Modesty: The Last Taboo.”
- Economist Jennifer Roback Morse spoke on her book, “Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-Up World.”
- Theologian Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, O.P., spoke on “Women, Imagination, and the Cultivation of the Feminine Spirit in the Works of Cervantes and Edith Stein.”
- MOJ friend and alum, Paolo Carrozza, used examples from his work on the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in his lecture entitled “Human Rights, Violence against Women and Reflections on Deus Caritas Est.
- Kathleen Gibney, formerly of the Notre Dame psychology department, spoke on “Awakening the Spirit of Women: Gifts of Personal Reflection and Social
- Economist Catherine Ruth Pakaluk spoke “Splitting the Baby: Creative Solutions for Mothers in a Second-Best Economy.”
- Ethics professor Janet Smith talked on “Contraception: A Women’s Friend or Foe.”
- Theologian Pia de Solenni spoke on “Renewing the Feminine Image.”
- Philosopher Maria Fedoryka spoke on “Edith Stein and the Vocation to Love”
- Deirdre MacQuade, the U.S.bishops spokesperson on pro-life issues tied the conference together in her banquet speech, which reminded all of the call to prayer.
It's a whole new world. This must inevitably put to flight the daemons of myopic self-actualisation, destructive careerism, and contempt for motherhood. These are the women who will form the next generation -- who will actually create the next generation. The sterile promises of radical feminism have left women bereft. Turning to the God Who created us, redeemed us, and proposes to fill us with the fruits of life-giving love is an intriguing move that compels more and more as the years pass. Praise Him in the highest heavens, and seek to discern His will here below. Therein lies our joy.