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Ann Burns Articles

The Head and the Heart: Why Femininity is Not Arbitrary

We can all rally behind a resounding speech on embracing our feminine genius, but do these words hold weight? Or are we just celebrating a vague idea. Maybe it means nothing more than having female anatomy. Or maybe it has something to do with the color pink and pretty bows. Maybe it’s about careers. Or maybe it’s about motherhood. “Femininity looks different on everybody!” I remember one young woman explaining, “It’s just you expressing your uniqueness.”
This mentality might sound good, but it’s incredibly confusing because it adopts the world’s notion of truth, which is rather anti-truth or relativism. This is dangerous because it denies the fact that our words hold weight. They carry meaning. We have a duty to communicate the truth, which means we need to choose the right words.

Overcoming the Empowerment Delusion

An understanding of the female body leads one to the truth that women are designed to be mothers. Through the body a spiritual mystery is clearly hinted at.

Our bodily blueprint reveals our maternal and self-giving calling, but that reality is inconvenient.

Are we that afraid of who we are as women and what we are capable of?

Are we afraid to discover that our bodies might actually point to a higher truth?

Unabashed Joy: Chasing Smiles Even in the Midst of Sorrow

Do we really believe we are so unworthy of joy? Or that joy is something vapid and phony? It reminds me of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, which has one of the most dismal openings I have ever encountered: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” These words compose one of the most famous introductions in literature. They assume a tone of wisdom and insight. Yet, they could not be more false

Responding to a Church in Crisis

All our earthly accomplishments and pursuits culminate in dust, but the things of God are eternal. It is not about the horizontal— the confusion, the frustration, our own likes and dislikes, it’s about God. It is always about the vertical. And no matter what happens, we can always come back to that Truth.

“To glorify God is the primary purpose of the Holy Mass.”
— Dietrich von Hildebrand

A lot of people have been arguing over the mass lately. And many of those arguments consist of “I prefer” and “these people are…”.

There are broken people in all communities. There are people who reject Church doctrine, people who pick and choose what they think works best for them, and people whose hearts have been devoured by zeal. There are those who live their Faith according to particular influencers and reject all other teachers due to personal preference. But all of this is a lack of discernment, a lack of faith, a lack of formation, and an inordinate focus on the horizontal as opposed to the vertical: God.

When we lose sight of God, despair and uneasiness take root in our hearts. God is bigger than all our problems combined.

And our job is to simply give Him glory.

Hatred Redeemed

Hatred Redeemed

In 2017 Martin McDonough released his grotesquely dark film Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri. Essentially,...

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