October 19, 2018
The Sisters of Life is a contemplative/active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal Oâ€™Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, they take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Sisters of Life also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.
Sr. Veronica and Sr. MercyÂ of theÂ Sisters of LifeÂ join me onÂ The Dignity of WomenÂ podcast. This podcast was a special treat because I was able to visit the Sisters in theirÂ Yonkers, NY convent and record in person! Amidst the joy and laughter that filled the time we spent together, there were deep messages shared by the Sisters that are necessary for us to hear and to ponder.
The witness of religious Sisters in our culture is certainly a testimony to the love of Christ, through his brides, which is unlike any other witness on earth. I felt that it was imperative to welcome Sr. Veronica and Sr. Mercy on a podcast dedicated to the dignity and worth of women.
October 2, 2018
Abby Johnson has always been fiercely determined to help women in need. This desire is what led Abby to an 8-year career with Planned Parenthood, our nationâ€™s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization, becoming an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. As a clinic director at PP, Abby realized abortion was a â€śproductâ€ť they were selling, yet she loved and continued to serve the women that entered her clinic. That changed on September 26, 2009, when Abby was asked to assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion. She watched in horror as a 13-week old baby fought for, and ultimately lost its life at the hand of the abortionist. Seeking answers, Abby turned to a local pro-life group. Her leaving Planned Parenthood as a threat to the organization caused them to take immediate action. They sought to silence Abby with a gag order and brought her to court on a case that was ultimately dismissed.
Abby is the author of the nationally best-selling book Unplanned, which chronicles her experiences. Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers in transitioning out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 430 workers leave the abortion industry. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and seven children.
- How a youthful desire to help women led to Planned Parenthood
- How abortions are the â€śproductsâ€ť PP sells
- Recounting the abortion that changed her life
- Modern feminism and the issue of life and â€śchoiceâ€ť
- Ministry that helps industry workers transition out
- Demonization of motherhood â€“ robber of personal fulfillment
- Soon to be release movie, based on her book Unplanned
- Abby had 2 abortions, and this is often what helps her connect with women in crisis
LINKS AND RESOURCES
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September 25, 2018
8-year old Nomi is a survivor of human trafficking in Cambodia. When Diana Mao met Nomi at a recovery shelter, she was shocked and moved by her story. Trafficked by her stepfather, without her motherâ€™s disapproval, Nomi was discovered by outreach workers â€“ CAGED. She could not speak and was biting and drooling. Brought to the shelter, where she received care and nurture, it gave Diana great hope to witness Nomiâ€™s growth â€“ â€śliving up to her God-given potential.â€ť Diana founded the Nomi Network to share Nomiâ€™s story and to help bring hope and healing to those recovering from human trafficking, as well as preventing and intervening for people at risk of being trafficked.
Human Trafficking spokeswomanÂ Diana MaoÂ joins me on this episode ofÂ The Dignity of WomenÂ podcast, addressing the reality of human trafficking and how she left the path to a successful future, moved by a personal encounter, in order to found an organization that assists survivors and women at risk of human trafficking.
Diana Mao co-founded Nomi Network after a rewarding career inÂ economic development and management consulting. Since itsÂ inception, Diana has played an instrumental role in making NomiÂ Network the catalytic international organization it is today. SheÂ is responsible for the strategic direction of the organizationÂ since its founding and building Nomi Networkâ€™s Board andÂ strategic partnerships with large corporations, funders, andÂ investors.Â A 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar and New York Academy ofÂ Medicine Fellow, Mao earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in BusinessEconomics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and aÂ Master of Arts in Public Administration with a specialization inÂ International Management from New York University. She receivedÂ the Pioneer Award from Asian Americans for Equality and New YorkÂ University Recent Alumni Award for her critical work inÂ conceiving and building Nomi Network to the powerful force it isÂ today in the anti-human trafficking movement.â€ť
The Nomi Network creates economic opportunities for survivorsÂ and women at risk of human trafficking.
Â EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS
- Personal encounter and call to human trafficking awareness
- Walking away from a successful future to embrace non-profit work
- Poverty, caste system, foster care, homeless youth connection to HT
- Inter-generational prostitution (largely in India)
- Rehabilitation and recovery for victims (50-60% success rate)
- Prevention of human trafficking
- Pornography and HT (80% survivors report being â€śtrainedâ€ť with porn)
- Response â€“ What can I do?
Â LINKS AND RESOURCES
September 11, 2018
Redeemed Vision - Setting the Blind Free from the Pornified Culture with author and founder of Freedom Coaching, Steve Pokorny.
September 3, 2018
The Dignity of Women podcast focuses on reclaiming femininity in the modern age. It challenges feminist viewpoints and the objectification of persons. The Dignity of Women calls us to higher virtue and nobility of character, so that men must aspire to be worthy of us, and that through Christ, beauty will save the world.