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Thursday, July 8, 2010

More on the Dignity of Women

If we women would only be who we are called to be, the transformation of the culture would be ensured. Women are the civilizers of the society, the first teachers with an inner wisdom and a gift of spiritual insight. It was Mary who "pondered all things in her heart" and became the spiritual mother of the apostles and the guide of the early Church. If we draw close to Mary we will become more like her and "magnify the Lord" in our world. Imitate Mary, ladies, to be more truly yourselves and a greater gift to your families and the world.

The Dignity and Genius of Women

by Pope John Paul II

From the beginning of Christ’s mission, women show to him and to his mystery a special sensitivity which is characteristic of their femininity. It must also be said that this is especially confirmed...not only at the Cross but also at the dawn of the Resurrection. The women are the first at the tomb. They are the first to find it empty. They are the first to hear: “He is not here. He has risen, as he said”… They are also the first to be called to announce this truth to the Apostles....

The Gospels…highlight the fact that women were in the forefront at the foot of the Cross, at the decisive moment in Jesus of Nazareth’s whole messianic mission. John was the only Apostle who remained faithful, but there were many faithful women...the Mother of Christ and “his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene” were present, but “there were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him.”

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