If you have never heard from our guest, you are in for a treat. Get your mind ready to absorb what all Helen Alvaré has to share with us on Freedom. Professor Alvaré helps us start to see how we should be seeking freedom-for not freedom-from the misguidings in our world. We as a culture today are more free than we have ever been yet there does not seem to be contentment. Is it possible that women are seeking to fill themselves with some ideology that will never truly satisfy themselves? True freedom comes in the form of total self giving not in this over individualized culture we live in.
Helen Alvaré is a Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches Family Law, Law and Religion, and Property Law. She publishes on matters concerning marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. She is faculty advisor to the law school’s Civil Rights Law Journal, and the Latino/a Law Student Association, a consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity (Vatican City), an advisor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.), founder of WomenSpeakforThemselves.com, and an ABC news consultant. She cooperates with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations as a speaker and a delegate to various United Nations conferences concerning women and the family.
In addition to her books, and her publications in law reviews and other academic journals, Professor Alvaré publishes regularly in news outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and USA Today. She also speaks at academic and professional conferences in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Australia.
Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason, Professor Alvaré taught at the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America; represented the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before legislative bodies, academic audiences and the media; and was a litigation attorney for the Philadelphia law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young.
Professor Alvaré received her law degree from Cornell University School of Law and her master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America.
- “People’s view of freedom is too tiny” –Luigi Giusanni
- Communion and Liberation – Luigi Giusanni
- Church’s teaching on contraception, USCCB
- Love and Responsibility – St. John Paul II
- Mulieris Dignitatem – St. John Paul II
- Humanae Vitae – St. John Paul II
- Familiaris Consortio – St. John Paul II
- Secular Sociologist, Anthony Giddens, The Transformation of Intimacy
- Secular book on this topic Liquid Love and Liquid Modernity by Zygmunt Bauman
- Another non-Catholic source Preface to Morals by Walter Lippmann
- Putting Children’s Interest First in American Family Law with Power Comes Responsibility by Professor Helen Alvaré (available this fall through Cambridge University)
- Why Love Hurts by Eva Illouz
- Women Speak for Themselves Gatherings – a place where like minded women can find community and talk about how to reconnect sex to marriage and children in an effort to end the cycle of abortion.
Call to Action –
Try to take a look inward to see if there may be something that you are seeking to be free from rather than seeking to be free to be or to do. Ask the Lord to show you where you have been conformed to this world rather than to His plans for you.
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world[a] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2
Saint Quote –
“I have given everything to my Master: He will take care of me… The best thing for us is not what we consider best, but what the Lord wants of us!” – St. Bakhita