Hannah’s Glory: What Modern Women Can Learn from an Old Testament Gal, by Ann Burns

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By Ann Burns, Catholic East Texas, Sept. 3, 2021

Ann H. Burns is a graduate of Christendom College, as well as the founder of The Feminine Project, a Catholic organization dedicated to restoring authentic femininity through faith, friendship, and cultivating the mind. ..


Up until recently I was wildly unaware of Hannah’s (or Anna) Biblical story. She is only discussed in two chapters of the Bible, which makes this astounding woman easy to overlook! You can read her story in the First Book of Samuel chapters 1 and 2.

Hannah was married to Elkana, who had two wives, Hannah and Peninnah. Peninnah had many children, but Hannah had none. She was infertile. Infertility is discussed frequently within the pages of the Old Testament. It’s unique pain and loneliness are powerfully etched out in women like Sarah, Rachel, Rebecca, and also, Hannah. These women knew suffering, and Hannah is by no means exempt. …