As I scan the blog sphere I am amazed at times what “Catholic Feminist,” or any “feminist” for that matter have to say.
They think of themselves as:
Strong women, making changes in the Church. Some think women need to be Priest and perhaps even the Pope.
In many of my readings what amazes me, is the esteem they hold for themselves. It is also like the rest of us who do not agree with all of their “agenda’s, are somehow less strong. We have less of a voice, and somehow they think we need them to speak and think for us.
How I disagree! I have never in my whole life needed anyone to “think” and “speak” for me. My parent’s did very well teaching me how to do that, thank you.
Anyways, it got me to thinking about our Blessed Mother. The most humble of “ALL” women, whose only “agenda” was doing the “will of God.” God’s will for her life was giving birth to His Son, and then watching Him suffer and die, for us all.
She did this without complaint or thinking of herself superior to others. We see her going to help Elizabeth, when she was pregnant. We also see her standing at the Foot of the Cross, shedding “tears of blood.” I am also sure this was because, as she watched her Son suffer, her heart was being drained of everything.
I do not believe for one second, in these moments of her life, her “agenda,” was to get out here and say, “I am woman, hear me roar!”
At that moment in history, she went to the Jewish Temple. We do not see her trying to change one thing about what went on in the Temple. We do not see her saying, “I am the Mother of God’s Son, so step aside and roll out the red carpet for me.” “I am going to become your high priest, and we are going to do things “my” way.”
We do not see her at the Foot of the Cross saying, “See how strong I am. I am standing here watching my Son die. All you women need to be just like me!”
In fact, very little is recorded regarding what Mary said.
So what does all of this mean to me:
It is in the silence of the Blessed Mother, where she proved her strength. It is in the silence of the Blessed Mother, that all of us, men and women alike, have one of the best examples in the world to follow.
It is in her obedience and humility to and before God, that she shines above us all.
It is in her unselfishness on the “Day of the Cross,” not to call Jesus back to herself, that we see her shining like a jewel.
It is when her soul, “magnified God,” even when she knew if no one believed her, she would be “stoned to death,” that we see this woman was about to have a hand in changing the world forever.
She did it with humility, grace, silence, dignity, obedience and love.
Do I care about all of this, “feminism” in our society today?
Not one bit!
Until I find someone who can be an example to me, as great as our Blessed Mother, I never will.
God Bless, SR