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November 11, 1988 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 3 Seminar helps women to claim their dignity By MARY T. ELLERT Message Staff Writer There were no phones ring- ing, 'no crying children or husbands asking, "Honey, could you do this for me?" That's what one woman liked best about the seminar for women, "To Claim Our Digni- ty," held Oct. 29 at the Catholic Center, Evansville. It was a time set aside just for her to relax and reflect. Sixty-four women and one man attended the program, which was facilitated by Sister Marita Greenwell, O.S.U., associate professor of Contem- porary Woman Studies at Brescia College, Owensboro, Ky. During the morning session, Sister Greenwell discussed self- esteem and image building. "Self-esteem is the mental picture we have formed from the feedback we receive from Aids to self-esteem The following is a list of "aids to self-esteem" that Sister Marita Greenwell shared with participants at the seminar for women. -- Self-acceptance: iden- tify your strengths and weaknesses. -- Encouragement: believe you can do. and DO., Encourage yourself whenever you need it, skills, develop your abilities. -- Time: take time to reflect, think, feel. Do things you enjoy, crafts, s'ports, en- joy your own company. -- Trust: act on what you think is right. -- Respect: be yourself, not someone else, respect your individuality. -- Love: accept your suc- cesses and failures, enjoy be- -- Praise: praise your ins you. achievement great or small --Positive reinforcement: when you deserve it. say good things about -- Self-development: set yourself to yourself to create realistic goals, learn new a positive sense of yourself. 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Even to- one to accept challenges, ac- day, in many wedding complish goals and achieve in- ceremonies, a father will walk ner peace, said Sister his daughter down the aisle and Greenwell. She explained that a hand her over to the man she is low self-esteem can contribute marrying. This tradition stems to drug and alcohol abuse, men- from the idea that a woman "is tal illness and the rising divorce always someone's property," rate. she explained. Instead of blaming their She gave an example of a.. parents or family for who or traditional church view of what they are, Sister Greenwell women, from the theologian, urged seminar participants to St. Thomas Aquinas, who be responsible for their own referred to women as personal growth and ' "misbegotten males." development. The U.S. bishops' first draft "Change negative thinking to of the pastoral on women, positive thinking," she ex- "Partners in the Mystery of plained. "If you catch yourself Redemption," is part of the having negative mental Church's effort "to rectify thoughts, change it immediate- teachings of early church ly. All action is preceeded by a fathers." thought, and negative thoughts and actions are always During the afternoon session, destructive." Sister Greenwell addressed the topic of women and During the seminar, Sister. spirituality. Greenwell spo"ke of the history of women and how their role in society has changed. Until this century, women in our society couldn't vote, hold office or own property, she said. "Women need to be confi- dent of their spirituality," she said. "Women today are called to articulate the dynamics of their own spirituality." SR. MARITA GREENWELL They need to realize their everyday experiences are an im- portant part of their spirituality, according to Sister Greenwell. "Spirituality is meeting God in the present moment," she said. "The kingdom of God is now -- here." Sister Greenwell asked the group, "What does it mean to be called a woman of God?" "To be a woroan is a call to beauty," she answered. "A woman's beauty is one of mystery ... it's the kind of beauty that comes from within." 0000dvent Reflection Days Role of women in the Church to be topic By MARY T. ELLERT scheduled on Tuesdays, Nov. Message Staff Writer 22 and 29 and Dec. 6 and 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. CST at Sarto The Church hasn't caught up Retreat House, Evansville. with the women's movement Women have "a right to going on in society today, ac- utilize their gifts in the Church cording to Father Richard Hoff- and society," according to man, a retired priest in the Father Hoffman. Their sen- Diocese of Evansville. sitivity, compassion and nur- He will speak on the role of turing skills are gifts that the women in the Church during Church needs today, he said. the Advent Reflection Days It is appropriate that women's role in the Church is being discussed during Advent, which is a time of waiting and anticipation, he said. "Women have been waiting for a long, long time," said Father Hoffman. "Women are getting a little impatient, too ... they want some hope. "The Church has to set the example for equality if it hopes to be a geniune witness in the world today," he explained. "In Jesus, male and female were united. That's the Jesus we've got to present to the "world." The Advent Reflection Days offer an invitation for men to see women not as competitors, but as partners who will work with them "to create a more just and compassionate world," ac- cording to Father Hoffman. 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