Kathryn Rombs, Ph.D.

I’m Kathryn Rombs, the grateful mother of a sometimes-edgy-always-radiant family whom I have thrown my whole heart and soul into raising. I spent twelve years off and on homeschooling. I also teach philosophy part-time at the University of Dallas. I currently live with my family in Rome where I am pursuing a baccalaureate in theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (aka the Angelicum). More than anything I relish the simple moments of being with my family. I love Mighty Is Her Call, especially in its lifting up so many Catholic mothers and being a platform for their various talents, messages, charisms and gifts. I love that this ministry is a chance for the Church and world to see more clearly the sacredness of Catholic motherhood. It’s a vocation as powerful as becoming a nun in being that chance to live a radical Christ-like calling. I love hearing from you!

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Podcasts

Total Self-Gift, Featuring Sarah Wickline Hull

Today on the Mighty Is Her Call Podcast, Annie and Kathryn are excited to introduce you to Sarah Hull. Sarah READ MORE

Total Self-Gift, Featuring Sarah Wickline Hull

Podcasts

The Reluctant Mother, Featuring Dr. Kathryn Rombs 

Today on the Mighty Is Her Call Podcast, Jolly and Annie are very excited to introduce you to the founder READ MORE

The Reluctant Mother, Featuring Dr. Kathryn Rombs 

Scripture: A Mother's Lens

A Mother’s Rosary Reflection

Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts . . . [Simeon] took [Jesus] in his arms and READ MORE

A Mother’s Rosary Reflection

Genius of the Call

Rise Up

I sat on the sofa, dismayed, looking out the window. I had just finished explaining to my fifteen- year-old daughter READ MORE

Rise Up

Genius of the Call

I Stand with the Women

In his book, The End of Faith, a prominent atheist, Sam Harris, presents a scathing critique of Christianity. After a READ MORE

I Stand with the Women

Humor

The Funniest Lie

Seventeen years into parenting, I have heard them all: “I finished my homework.” “My room is clean.” “I folded my READ MORE

The Funniest Lie

Genius of the Call

The Eternal Significance of Motherhood

I thought I was pregnant. At forty-seven years old, I’ve had eight children: six living children, and two already having READ MORE

The Eternal Significance of Motherhood

Genius of the Call

The Only Place Safe from Pain

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly READ MORE

The Only Place Safe from Pain

Genius of the Call

Welcome Nashville Mothers

Three members of the Mighty Is Her Call team just fell in love…with moms in Nashville!  The Nashville Dominican sisters READ MORE

Welcome Nashville Mothers

Metaphysics of Motherhood

JPII and Motherhood–Part 3

John Paul II goes on to emphasize that the family—comprised of mothers, fathers and children—is the specific way that humans READ MORE

JPII and Motherhood–Part 3

Metaphysics of Motherhood

JPII and Motherhood–Part 2

John Paul II develops this illumination of motherhood through the fatherhood of God: “When in union with the apostle, we READ MORE

JPII and Motherhood–Part 2

Genius of the Call

Self-Denial: Ever Ancient, Ever New

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For READ MORE

Self-Denial: Ever Ancient, Ever New

Metaphysics of Motherhood

JPII and Motherhood

In his Letter to Families, John Paul II charts new theological territory, exploring ways that motherhood is made in the READ MORE

JPII and Motherhood

Genius of the Call

Spiritual Martyrdom for Mothers

Tertullian famously said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” He means that when pagans tortured READ MORE

Spiritual Martyrdom for Mothers

Genius of the Call

St. “Padre” Pio: Patron Saint of January Blues

Although I have never been diagnosed by a doctor, I sometimes wonder whether I might suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder READ MORE

St. “Padre” Pio: Patron Saint of January Blues

Genius of the Call

My Resolution

Every year I choose a new spiritual goal. I got this idea from my friend Anne Simpson. Several years ago, READ MORE

My Resolution

Metaphysics of Motherhood

Anaxagoras and Motherhood

I have taught Anaxagoras since my first class as a grad student to the present.  Whenever I teach Plato's Phaedo and READ MORE

Anaxagoras and Motherhood

Metaphysics of Motherhood

Pythagoras Teaches Women

Pythagoras had female as well as male students.  Pythagoras believed that the soul's telos is apprehension of order, which is number READ MORE

Pythagoras Teaches Women

Metaphysics of Motherhood

Sappho–A Female Poet

Sappho was a Greek poet who was renowned throughout antiquity.  Her image was on coins. She is thought to have READ MORE

Sappho–A Female Poet

Metaphysics of Motherhood

Hesiod–A Cosmic Mother

"First the Void came into being, next broad-bosomed Earth, the solid and eternal home of all."  --HesiodThis cosmic source, Gaia READ MORE

Hesiod–A Cosmic Mother

Metaphysics of Motherhood

The Concept of Woman Central to Philosophy

"It is often incorrectly assumed that philosophers have concerned themselves with the intertwining concepts of woman and man only during READ MORE

The Concept of Woman Central to Philosophy

Metaphysics of Motherhood

Pre-Socratics and Motherhood

The Pre-Socratic philosophers were occupied with answering metaphysical questions, not in terms of myth or metaphor, but realistically.  One of READ MORE

Pre-Socratics and Motherhood

Metaphysics of Motherhood

Socrates describes Athens as a Mother

"And a great proof that she brought forth the common ancestors of us and of the departed is the she READ MORE

Socrates describes Athens as a Mother

Metaphysics of Motherhood

Motherhood–Humanity’s Least Respected Occupation

Motherhood may be the single most underrated human occupation in the contemporary West. It has not always been so. The READ MORE

Motherhood–Humanity’s Least Respected Occupation

Genius of the Call

Answering Gloria with an Ancient Hymn

I was raised in a non-Catholic, feminist household in New York City. Gloria Steinem, the icon of feminism in the READ MORE

Answering Gloria with an Ancient Hymn

Genius of the Call

Embracing Brokenness

I have made a new friend. As we sat together drinking tea and eating lunch, I listened to her share READ MORE

Embracing Brokenness

Genius of the Call

Architects of Our Culture

Mothers have such an important role: They are shaping the future. As John Paul II says, "All of humanity passes READ MORE

Architects of Our Culture

Genius of the Call

Launching Motherhood

I have a hunch that the vocation of Catholic motherhood is like a jet sitting on the runway. Catholic mothers READ MORE

Launching Motherhood

Genius of the Call

A Saint for Mothers

One of my favorite Catholic mothers is the mother of St. Maximilian Kolbe. When Maximilian was young, he was a terrible READ MORE

A Saint for Mothers

Genius of the Call

The Day I Fell in Love With Motherhood

The day I realized that I loved Catholic motherhood had not been my finest.  It was a cool spring day READ MORE

The Day I Fell in Love With Motherhood

Tales From the Trenches

Hi there! I’m Kathryn

I am a card-carrying Catholic mother.Because I am also a  university instructor and have a Ph.D. in  philosophy, some might READ MORE

Hi there! I’m Kathryn
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