Authentic Womanhood

Edith Stein was a great mind of the 20th century, with her works filling 17 volumes. She had many thoughts that were particularly profound about women.

She wrote:

“The soul of woman must be expansive and open to all human beings, it must be quiet so that no small weak flame will be extinguished by stormy winds; warm so as not to benumb fragile buds... empty of itself, in order that extraneous life may have room in it; finally, mistress of itself and also of its body, so that the entire person is readily at the disposal of every call.”

Teresa speaks to what it means to be an authentic women. Part of our genetic and spiritual makeup as women is to nurture life. It may not be through physically having a child, but each of us is called to love the lives entrusted to our care, and give life to those around us.

REFLECTION “Each woman who lives in the light of eternity can fulfill her vocation, no matter if it is in marriage, in a religious order, or in a worldly profession.” -St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

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