Mary, the 'Woman' of the Bible, Calls all Women to Follow Jesus
of the heart and mind of God and in the communion of the Trinity, and illustrates an intentional new beginning for every woman.
Mary becomes one with God, without a sexual act, but in the deepest possible way, the way of complete self-giving. As both Virgin and Mother, this self-giving, without which one cannot fully find him- or herself - speaks to us women whether celibate religious, consecrated virgins or married, whether we give birth to physical children or spiritual ones. This is why the fathers of the Church so lovingly referred to her as the “Second Eve”.
This is properly called “radical” feminism. It gets back to the root, which is what the word “radical” means. This is the path to authentic “power” and provides the dignity all women want and some who call themselves feminists simply grasp at. Mary retains her utter uniqueness, because she alone can be one with her Son in the way of a mother and child, and a disciple. At the same time, it opens up a oneness we can all receive by entering into Mary’s “yes” as “The Woman”. We come into the communion of love communicated through a Man, the One who “gave Himself up for her” (Eph. 5:22) and for each of us, even unto death on a Cross.
I find myself increasingly moved to pity when I hear the ramblings of those of the Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, and Camille Paglia ilk, especially those who are “Catholic” and stubbornly assert that what they call the “rights of women” should include such things as aborting a human person, whether through a surgical procedure or ingesting a chemical weapon.
In his prophetic letter on the “Gospel of Life”, the Venerable John Paul II wrote: “In transforming culture so that it supports life, women occupy a place, in thought and action, which is unique and decisive. It depends on them to promote a "new feminism" which rejects the temptation of imitating models of "male domination", in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society, and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation.” (The Gospel of Life, Pope John Paul II, Par. 99)
To my fellow sisters joined in what is the real “feminist” mission, the Mission of the Redeemer of all men and women, let us get to work, the future cries out!
Sonja Corbitt is a Catholic Scripture teacher, study author and speaker. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online. Visit her at www.pursuingthesummit.com and www.pursuingthesummit.blogspot.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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