Monday, October 18, 2010

This makes me think...

As the world's first teachers of self-sacrifice and compassion, women are the foremost shapers of culture.  In [Pope] John Paul's view, then, women stand as a vital force for guarding against the modern tendencies toward the love of self, of money, and of pleasure.  Women wield this transformative power first and foremost in their own homes, by modeling, teaching, and nurturing their children in the ways of love and service.  But their influence is much broader in scope.  Through their professional work as well as their involvement and leadership in civic organizations, they hold the power to attest to and defend the very dignity of the human person. By their lives and the personal and professional choices they make, they can reveal to the world the way of attentive, humanizing, self-giving love...

But women can only achieve this tranformative influence in society if they recognize their own dignity and value as beloved children of God...

If women are to lead the way in the a renewal of culture, they must go constantly to the true source of all healing, power, and strength: Christ himself.

---Erika Bachiochi, Women, Sex, and the Church: A case for Catholic teaching (Pauline Books and Media, 2010)

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