Does modern world allow us to combine Catholicism with a strong female personality? At first sight it seems to be rather impossible, however these are only stereotypes, which have been functioning in our society for years. The truth is that having healthy attitude towards religion and life, doesn’t exclude us from being happy and satisfied people.
What if to Catholicism and strong female personality we add a physical disability? Well … it can create a great combination, a real recipe for dynamite! Everyone, to a greater or lesser extent, is subject to criticism of other people. From my own experience, I got to know that we shouldn’t always bother with such comments. Some of them are just caused by a human sheer stupidity, and the rest may just be an expression of malice and the way to build one’s own confidence at the expense of others. Of course, some criticism is justified, and we should accept it, however many times the message is conveyed in a wrong way, which makes our self-confidence pretty low, and our mood gets so and so. Very often the influence of other people on our lives is invaluable, both the positive and the negative one. What should we do to have the perception of ourselves which is ours not others? It demands lots of self-awareness and work from us, but it’s really worth it … as it will help us gain inner peace and focus on what really is important in our lives. My today’s interviewee is Ania – the author of a blog A mohair feminist, who from the first moment has intrigued me with her perverse attitude towards this topic, which for many of us is quite controversial, namely the matter of faith and feminism, which has become very popular in the contemporary world.
Passion Piece: Could you tell my readers a few words about yourself?
Ania: I’m a linguist with a bit of flair for research. However, primarily I’m a woman. Why do I always try to emphasize this part of my personality in the first instance? At a certain stage of my life I noticed that my disability makes this part of me rather invisible. Not only in the eyes of others, but also in my own. This observation, which I felt in a tangible way, led me follow the scientific path, which I step to combine these two categories. The guide of my journey is Edith Stein.
Passion Piece: What inspired you to set up a blog?
Ania: Life. But also other people’s suggestions, who claimed that I’ve got something to say (even though I didn’t really believe in that).
Passion Piece: How did you come up with the name of your blog?
Ania: It’s common that Catholicism is identified with backwardness, so colloquially speaking with mohair (Passion Piece: In Poland Catholics are often pejoratively compared with fanatic grandmas wearing mohair berets). I want to show that Catholicism doesn’t really exclude a healthy female independence.
Passion Piece: In your blog you write a lot about different kinds of values. Which of them do you find to be partly lost in the modern world? And which of them should we come back to?
Ania: The basic value is the truth, which in any case Edith Stein was looking for. Archbishop Jędraszewski came to a conclusion that we live in the post-truth. This in turn undermines the truth about humans and other values, such as love for example.
Passion Piece: How does your disability influence your view of yourself and your perception of the world?
Ania: When it comes to me, in spite of the fact I’ve always thought I’ve been working on that issue well since I was a child, it has had a rather negative impact on my life. For sure some of my experiences intensified such a negative perception of myself. With time I became able to notice that sometimes people don’t do some things on purpose, they do it unintentionally, and sometimes they don’t really approach me with prejudice, as I used to perceive it.
Passion Piece: Who is a role model for you? Whom would you like to have a cup of coffee with?
Ania: Unfortunately, I can’t have a cup of coffee with Edith Stein. The role model is only one, the one in heaven. But seriously, I think that we can get inspired by every person we meet on our path.
Passion Piece: What’s your recipe for happiness?
Ania: I don’t really know if I can tell you the whole recipe, but for sure the main ingredient of happiness is gratitude.
Passion Piece: Have you got any other interests?
Ania: People fascinate me the most, and the way in which meeting them shows me … my true self.
Passion Piece: Can you imagine your life without passion?
Ania: For sure it’s possible, but pointless.
Passion Piece: What are your plans for the nearest future?
Ania: I’d like to finish my doctorate, develop my blog and related to it cooperation with other people. I’d also love to get rid of my walking frame (and there are quite big prospects for that).
Passion Piece: Which motto would you like to share with my readers?
Ania: ‘ (…) Seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you (…)’. I’ve already found.
Passion Piece: Thank you very much for this inspiring conversation and I hope that a great number of my readers would like to visit your blog … and who knows maybe some of them would also like to drink a cup of coffee with you to talk about the matters related to both our bodies and souls? I wish you all success and health.
No matter which part of the world you live in, which culture or religion you were brought up in … the most important is to live according to your own conscience and to be governed not only by what is good for you, but also by what is good for others. The strength of femininity goes hand in hand with faith, that’s why it’s good to pattern yourself on people who are able to combine tradition with modernity. While criticizing others, think first how your comment may influence their lives, and if it’s really worth using words, which can never be taken back.
See you around!
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