Sunday, January 6, 2013

a New Year, a New Feminism … the Time is Now



New Year, New Feminism - the Time is Now

Wow, it has been a while since I have been able to post anything and so much has been happening!  The most beautiful thing is this little baby growing within me; however, this treasure has also been the reason for my absence.  That first trimester really kicked my touche!  Making a baby sure can be hard work … but I am pleased (relieved!) to say that (knock on wood!) the nausea has seemed to finally (finally! boy was it awful!) pass. Phew! 

There is so much that I wish to share with you!  (God willing I will be able to have the health to return to my weekly blog posts.)  So, now, where do I start?  Well, being the New Year – let’s start with that.  I have been reading other bloggers posting about their word of the New Year.  Do you have a word for your year?  I understand it to be a theme, a focus point, something to specifically work on this year.  Some said “patience,” others “faith” and still others “efficiency,” “trust,” “order,” and even “temperance!”  (Wow! These women are pounding out the virtues! The main blogger that posted about it was Dwija Borobia; you can be add some laughter to your life by checking out her blog at HouseUnseen)  But when I searched my heart, trying to get a sense of what my theme for the year would be no word came to mind.  Instead, I got a phrase, “the time is now.”



Feeling slightly like I was in the Field of Dreams, I shrugged, ‘time for what?  Why now?  How can I move on something that I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with it?’  I can almost hear “Annie” saying, “This is a very non-specific voice you've got out there, Ray, and he's really starting to piss me off.”  No, I’m not hearing voices from heaven; just little whispers of thoughts in my mind.  Yet, the phrase stuck and keeps reoccurring.  My husband even used it when talking about our family’s plans for the year.  That’s when I thought, ‘okay!  I got it.  I’ll accept it.  But what do I do with it?’

It’s a sense of anticipation and urgency, a sense of peaceful persistence.  It can truly be applied to many areas of my life, but I see it especially here in the area of New Feminism.  It’s not a frantic, chaotic clamoring, but a steady onward marching.  It is a sense that this is a marathon, but we must keep moving forward, because something is about to break.  We are on the precipice of a change; it is an edge over which is not an abyss.  We will not plummet to our deaths (aren’t you relieved?); no, we will step and we will be lifted up.  We will be lifted up above the chaos, above the politics, above the propaganda where we can still reach people’s hearts.



From the distance it just looks like a cliff, and we might be tempted to hold back, to get distracted with other things going on in our lives … but, sister (and brothers!), we must steadily keep moving forward!  There is a window of opportunity before us; I do not know what it will look like nor how it will unfold (the voice didn’t tell me that… ;-) lol!).  What I do know is that the Time is Now.

Have you heard that my book is now available in paperback?! Go to amazon.com to order.  It says “out of stock” only because the first shipment hasn’t arrived there yet, but it is expected there tomorrow.  So, if you order it today, you should have it within a week!



There is a Small Group Discussion Guide in the paperback version as well as a bonus chapter!  This bonus chapter gives you ideas of what YOU can do to continue this march forward in New Feminism!

PLUS! The paperback version also received the bishop's Imprimatur!  Check it!  Officially approved - phew!  That's my "I'm not a heretic!" face. :-)  Aren't I cute?

I am also very excited at the feedback I have had thus far on the book!  I have been having discussions with women from all backgrounds, various religions and it is so fascinating.  I look forward to sharing those thoughts with you as well.  I truly believe (my personal theory) that despite our many differences there does exist a common understanding of womanhood within every woman that is self inherent.  As I continue my dialogue with these fascinating ladies, I will let you know if that theory holds out.


For now, suffice it to say: I’m back!  Please check out Woman, How Great Thou Art and let me know what you think!  And finally, I will be adding another post later this week about the many exciting things going on in the New Feminism Movement right now that you can get plugged into to help us all keep moving forward … the Time is Now!

xoxo,
your friendly new feminist,
Theresa


Well, that’s my view of it and I welcome yours!  (Please comment below!  And please use initials or first name or even pseudonym instead of simply “anonymous” so we can have some way to distinguish each person in the discussion.  Thank You!)


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4 comments:

  1. I have such a great feeling about this year, Theresa. Maybe not easy, but definitely Good!

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  2. So happy for you and I can't wait to buy the book and READ IT! Go Catholic women - and ALL women! God is Good - love seeing His Hand in your life!

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    1. Thanks so much, L! God is so good indeed! As Mother Teresa used to say, it's God's work, I am just His little pencil. :-)

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