Please link up below and remember to link back to this post. I decided to republish this oldie but goodie. Originally published May 23, 2014.
So many times we hear, "the Church doesn't like women," or worse,
"God doesn't like women." Nothing could be further from the truth. For
a few years, I led a Little Flower Girls Club
group at my church. It was something that the girls enjoyed and I felt
passionate about, but it became increasingly difficult to get solid
commitments from families with the pulls of so many other activities and
sports. Anyway, organizing the meetings required me to study not only
the virtue of the month but Catechism and scripture to support it. I
believe I actually learned more than the girls I was teaching.
my studying, I found an explanation of why women can't be priests that
blew me away. It wasn't because of oppression, it wasn't chauvinist
ideas, it was a solid truth that actually elevates women, not degrades
them. (Forgive me for not remembering the source, if anyone recognizes
this and knows the source, please let me know so I can give credit where
credit is due.) The core of the argument went like this, priests are
married to the Church, they are the caretakers and guardians of Christ's
bride. They are the Church's earthly husbands, while Christ is ever
the head of it all. However, women religious are--get ready--the brides
of Christ. Let that sink in, THE BRIDES OF CHRIST. Is there anything
better than that? They are wedded directly to the Lord of lords and
King of kings.
However, it is not just consecrated
women that are special, all women are special. Women have the hidden
beauty of cooperating with God in His plan of creation. They come as
close as possible to being the very Hand of God. When a woman conceives
in her womb by God's grace, her body not only lends itself to the Will
of God, but also works to construct what God has deemed to be created.
Women are a miracle of God's love. Think about it, Adam was created
from dirt, Eve from his rib. God could have chosen any means possible
to introduce new humans into His creation--stork deliveries, cabbage
patches, anything! We think that the tales of storks gliding down from
heaven with a blanket sling that hold a precious baby to be left on
someone's front porch is ridiculous child's play, of course that isn't
how it happens. Think, though, about our all powerful, all capable, all
knowing God who is able to speak, simply speak, anything and everything
into being. Yet, He chose a mere mortal to be His source of continued
creation. It is through a woman that the world was first occupied and
subdued, and it is through a woman that the Savior, the Son of the
Living God came to redeem us all.
Mary was the first
tabernacle, a living tabernacle. She cradled in her body the Redeemer
of all mankind, the prophesy of ages, the Alpha and Omega, the incarnate
Word of God. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine the thoughts that
raced through her head as her abdomen grew and she felt tiny feet kick
her ribs. Can you even imagine? While priests are anointed to
consecrate the hosts and are placed as guardians of the tabernacle; a
woman WAS the tabernacle.
We must always be mindful of
how God loves women and reveres them. As the hymn goes, "Blessed are
you among women, and blessed in turn all women, too." (Hail Mary, Gentle Woman
by Carey Landry) Our daughters and Goddaughters must know also how
loved they are by God and how special they are in His Plan. In upcoming
posts, I will explore more deeply how to teach our girls their beauty
and purpose in the Church and in Creation.
Does anyone have any other gems of wisdom that they have shared with women or girls about their beauty in the Faith?