When Dr. Tom Neal asked me to write a guest post for theÂ Year of Faith blog, he gave me two instructions: 1) the post must center around women and faith, and 2) it be under 500 words.Â Seriously? I get one shot on a topic I am most passionate about and am only alloted 500 words?
So I cast wide my net, prayed for the Holy Spirit to inspire me, and read, reread … and reread again Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letterÂ Porta FideiÂ (Door of Faith). How surprising that the movieÂ Pleasantville, June Cleaver, and Pope Benedict XVI’s thoughts on vocations were placed upon my heart. How to bring it all together?
Well, head overÂ hereÂ to read the post.
And if you’re wondering,Â I exceeded my word limit by 78. But who’s counting?
The mother of the two teens left the biggest impression on me. She was June Cleaver-esque — modest, dutiful, and feminine, all with a sense of quiet wisdom. And she was perfectly content to be so until she witnessed others becoming â€œcolorful.â€ Wanting to have what she saw in others, the mother began to dabble in sinful behaviors. Little by little, she became colorful . . . at least on the outside. The movie depicted her as a caged bird who simply needed an opportunity to be set free so her â€œtrue colorsâ€ could shine.