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elena maria vidal

Beautiful! Thank you, gsk!


I came across your website a few months ago.... Coming out of a public university I was so twisted in my thoughts on how, as a woman, I should be acting. On the weekends it was alright to act like Sex and the City and at work I was to act just like the men. Now at 31 I see how much hurt goes on by what society is telling woman we should be doing... my mind explodes with the thought of how much work is to be done. Keep up the good articles... you are making me stronger for the daughters I will some day have. PS Just picked up your book - I look forward to reading it.

Pat Gohn


Rock on!

By that, I mean to say, keep standing on the rock of faith and the rock of the Church. You are spot on with the teachings of VatII, JPII, and BXVI's encyclical on love and his book on Jesus.

I salute you taking a few hits for team in the comments section on the CE article, but as a fellow writer myself, we know that's usually because we've uncovered woundedness disguised as bravado. And so, we must proceed with amazing love and respect as we keep the dialogue going-- and that's the great thing about the article and topic-- it is certainly getting dialogue going and making people think. Just like Jesus did.

Writer Max Lucado: "God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way. He wants you to be just like Jesus."

Donna Marie Lewis

I'm afraid I have to laugh at even the suggestion of No. 1. Do you want the divorce rate to be even higher than it is ? I'm sure the response of a significant number of women to that sort of 'crackdown' by a husband would be to toss him out on his ear.


...that's why the message must come gently from woman to woman, with love!

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    • From Benedict XVI
      “People have realized that the complete removal of the feminine element from the Christian message is a shortcoming from an anthropological viewpoint. It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity."
    • Anger and Patrimony (from Donna)
      This is just another of the unintended consequences of the cultural acceptance of contraception and abortion! Men's sexuality has been robbed of its creative essence. It is now viewed as something that imposes a burden on women (when conception happens to occur), something used to control women or something that is purely recreational. Why would men bother?? In taking away their responsibility, we've also robbed them of their significance! In the big picture of humanity, men have been made into nothing more than a nuisance women have to figure out how to control in order to bring about the next generation. Men don't see it as their task to protect the vulnerable because they see themselves as the vulnerable ones. A few well preserved vials of sperm would make men entirely obsolete in the world's ethos today!!
    • Excellent, Dom! (from Teresa)
      That is astounding Robin, and good for you for standing up. At the heart of that matter, I think, is even worse than a gender mixing message. There is an increased sharper and sharper focus on the "self." Solid Catholic teaching returns our focus away from ourselves to Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The original sin, Eve denied her womanhood when she desired to be like "gods." Since the only god she knew was the Father. Where was Adam? He stood impotent... in other words, they were divorced. There's a young girl at Robin's son's high school who was just told that she is the center of the universe and it's a tragic disservice to her.
    • Find the logic (from "me")
      Ditto what Mary said! A lot of high schools have very poor math and science depts, for boys and girls. I also am educated as a chemical engineer, but chose to teach the two years before we had children because its hours were more suited to spending time with children. (I was looking ahead). When it came time and I was pregnant with our first, I realized that I did not want to leave him with someone else, and was able to stay home full time. I am not sure it would have been that easy if we were used to another engineering income and not just a private school teacher income. Also some of my first job offers were out on oil rigs - I had no interest in that at all even though I enjoyed my engineering classes and did well in them. No one discouraged me from an engineering job, on the contrary I got a lot of flack for my decision not to pursue an engineering career.
    • Find the logic (from Mary)
      I've been lurking, but this is one that irritates me. Beats the heck out of me what these "barriers" are. I was educated as a chemical engineer, where 1/3 of our class was women. However, in electrical engineering, only 1 or 2 out of 30 were women. Is it possible that women are Just Not Interested in some areas? Nah, it must be The Man keeping us down so we must legislate (and, I agree -- when they say "legistlate", I hear "quota"). And actually, I have a friend that was also a chemical engineer. When she lost her job, she decided not to go back into engineering and started working from home so she could spend more time with her 3 kids. Also, if nothing else, there are all kinds of incentives for women to enter science and engineering -- scholarships not available to men, guaranteed housing on campuses that do not guarantee housing to the general population, etc. I think you hit the nail on the head when you said that schools in general are not preparing students for the hard sciences. It is truly a sad state of affairs, the lack of science education these days.

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