Prepare for Advent 2017

Rooted in Hope is a specially created program for Advent 2017, and integrates Bible study, journaling, and thoughtful planning for the season. For each day, you'll find Scripture, a devotional essay, pages for lectio divina, and space to organize your days. Clear and elegant design, hand-drawn illustrations, and lovely calligraphy make this book a treasured gift for the woman who uses it.

Spiritual Formation Programs and Organizations

The Catholic Women's Forum is an outreach of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C.’s premier institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy.  The Catholic Women’s Forum helps shape conversations in the Church and in the culture—about marriage and family, gender and sexuality, the role of women, religious liberty, and the dignity of human life—through expert commentary, presentations, scholarly articles, and in national and international conferences. The Catholic Women's Forum has an active schedule of events to engage topics highly relevant to Church concerns. Its annual Symposium develops, in accord with Church teachings, new insights and proposals to further the Church’s evangelizing mission. Our participants share their expertise with Church leaders and at national and international conferences, in service to the Church.

Recent articles published by the Catholic Women's Forum include:
 
Luma Simms’ moving piece “Caring for our own: An immigrant’s view of elder care,” challenges us to love our elderly family members in new ways.
 
Marguerite Duane, MD, who brings the facts about fertility awareness and holistic women’s health care to medical schools, makes the case that contraception is not “pro-woman” health care. Read “Stop denying Science. Birth control isn’t necessary for women’s health.”
 
Margot Cleveland provides spot on analysis of the latest developments in legal cases and abortion, including challenges to laws prohibiting dismemberment abortion. (They really want to defend that?) Read her work here and here.
 
If all the talk in the Church about “Conscience” has you wondering about what it all means, then Villanova theologian Jessica Murdoch has a short video that will help! Watch here.

Women Speak For Themselves is a national grassroots movement empowering women to speak in media, local communities and online, about how women are disadvantaged respecting dating and marriage, especially because of contraception and abortion, and about how toreconnect sex with marriage and children for the good of all people.

Walking with Purpose is a Catholic women’s Bible study that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

Endow is a study-guide based program designed to help women grow in knowledge, experience and encounter who they are, discover their purpose and share with each other so they might go forth, presenting themselves renewed, full of life and hope, to the people around them.

Dynamic Catholic provides internet-based resources as well as access to personal interactive resources that can help individuals begin a spiritual journey.

Do you want to grow spiritually, but have difficulty making time?   Try the 2minutes2virtue challenge.

Family Support and Enrichment:

Do you want to improve your relationship with your husband?  Find resources by clicking here.

Natural Family Planning is the general title for the scientific, natural and moral methods of family planning that can help married couples either achieve or postpone pregnancies.

Living Advent is a resource designed to help Christian families more fully celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons.  

Conversation with Women is an online community where Catholic women can learn and draw support from each other. 

Useful Websites for Catholics:

EWTN refers to the Eternal Word Television Network, a multi-media resource for people who want to learn more about the Catholic faith, its prayers, liturgies, and teachings.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church conveys the essential and fundamental content of Catholic faith and morals in a complete and summary way.

The official website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops provides abundant information and resources related to the Catholic Church nationally.

Countless resources can also be found on the Vatican website.

If you are interested in formally studying the Catholic faith, Catholic Distance University may be a valuable resource.