My name is Leah Miller and I am originally from a small farm and small public high school out in west-central Minnesota. I am going into my senior year at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. My major is Political Science with a focus on American Politics and I have minors in Catholic Studies and Physics. At St. Thomas, I love playing in intramurals (basketball, volleyball, Frisbee…), swing dancing, being a part of Catholic Studies Leadership Interns, and being a member of the Students for Human Life club on campus. I just finished up my semester abroad studying Theology and Catholic Studies in Rome, Italy. Looking forward, I see myself doing any number of things right after college, law school, grad school, government relations, maybe farming. For me, being pro-life is such a gift, the community and the resources available for us are both great tools for fighting this worthy battle. While I was in Rome, I was able to participate in the March for Life (Marcia per la Vita), and finishing in St. Peter’s Square to see Pope Francis give a blessing to the marchers truly made me realize what a world mission this is.
This is a great opportunity, to work for C-FAM and IYc in order to promote not only life, but also critical thinking and discussion about all issues pertaining to the pro-life movement. Throughout my time as an engaged Catholic adult, I have grown to realize the depth of doctrine that is present, the answers that seem the simplest are just the opposite. The beauty of our Church is represented in not only the encyclicals and the saints, but also the laity who are pushing to make a difference in this world so that we all can become holy.
I understand, it isn’t campaigning season yet–although it sure seems like it in America, we are reminded constantly of the faults of other candidates and the high-esteem of few. The weary soul has a difficult time going through this process of US democracy we call campaigning. So here I stand as an advocate for the […]
If you haven’t been able to tell from blogs past–such as my #HeforShe post or my Guiding Star review– you may be surprised to know that I do, in fact, identify as a feminist. A (deep-breath) pro-life, pro-human rights, pro-Catholic, anti-artificial birth control, anti-objectification of women, pro-mom, pro-women in politics…feminist (exhale). So, luckily, I need […]
“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person” (Art.3)…..oh and a right to sexual pleasure with no responsibility…..and the right to abortion with neither pause nor consequence. Even from a pragmatic and secularist viewpoint, those last two claims are illogical and nonsensical. And yet it is what was being demanded by a numbers […]
“I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like everybody else.” This phrase, although perhaps exclusively American, is a great entry level thought to this topic of change. Imagine if you could–with super-duper x-ray glasses–see that every corporation, institution, and government was simply operated by multitudes of individuals who, like yourself, put […]
In my last blog, I spoke on the servants of Naaman who convinced Naaman to follow the will of God, in the readings of that day. This part is continued on the same reading. One of the marginalized persons of this story is the little servant girl who worked for the wife of Naaman. This […]
Today one of the daily bible readings in the Catholic Church was from 2 Kings 5:1-15 in which Naaman, “the army commander of the king of Aram,” had leprosy and sought a cure to this grave disease. Long story short: -a little servant girl tells him to visit the prophet Elisha -he does -Elisha tells him […]
Easter Sunday 2014 I was in Rome, Italy. A great place for Catholics to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection second only to the Holy Land, I am sure. My fellow students and I gathered as if we were an American family and broke bread–like, a lot of bread–in preparation for this great meal (albeit assembled by […]
Dorothy Day, Servant of God, is clearly admired by Catholics and non-Catholics alike for example, Senator Mikulski says that she identifies with Day as a political and compassionate leader. But my encounter with her has been a timid one. My previous—and fairly common–societal experiences call me to question Ms. Day and her mission. It is as […]
Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador died for his faith while celebrating the mass was officially declared martyr as of the 3rd of February 2015. “Pope Francis officially approved a decree relating to Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero in which he declares him to be a martyr.”-Vatican News Source Archbishop Oscar Romero is a man who […]
The following is my reflection on celebrating this year dedicated to Consecrated Life and the event that will always help me remember it. People of consecrated lives have always been close to me in some capacity. From consecrated virgins to cloistered nuns, from New Ulm, MN to Lima, Peru to Rome, Italy it is clear […]