“I am convinced that the secret of making speedy progress in achieving full respect for women and their identity involves more than simply the condemnation of discrimination and injustices…such respect must first and foremost be won through an effective and intelligent campaign for the promotion of women, concentrating on all areas of women’s life and beginning with a universal recognition of the dignity of women.
Our ability to recognize this dignity, in spite of historical conditioning, comes from the use of reason itself, which is able to understand the law of God written in the heart of every human being…
It is thus my hope, dear sisters, that you will reflect carefully on what it means to speak of the genius of women…a specific part of God’s plan which needs to be accepted and appreciated, but also in order to let this genius be more fully expressed in the life of society as a whole, as well as in the life of the Church.”
– St. Pope John Paul II, Letter to Women (1995)
Let’s face it–it has always been hard to be a woman. In this day and age, when we are bombarded by mixed messages about our bodies and owning our femininity; on top of that, tainted with repeated history, abuse, and repression, being a woman is just about the most confusing thing in the world. But it is also the most beautiful thing.
Women are valued, chosen, entrusted, and given something very special: her femininity. Unique to each and every single woman is her feminine genius–that she has enriching identity, immense value, individual strengths, and diverse gifts that she is meant to share with the world.
Welcome home, sisters. Come sit back, put your feet on the table, get comfy. We’re so glad you’re here.
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