Wisdom of the Saints about woman (part 2)

“The alarming increase of divorces in our land and the consequent break-up of family life is due principally to the loss of love for the ideal in womanhood.  Marriage has become identified with pleasure, not with love.  Once the pleasure ceases, love ceases.  The woman is loved not for what she is in herself but for what she is to others.  The tragedy of such a state is not only what it does for woman, but also what it does to man.” Ven. Fulton Sheen (19th-20th centuries)


“To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.” Ven. Fulton Sheen


“Christianity came into the world because a woman was willing to make a child the center of her life.” Ven. Fulton Sheen


Finally, woman’s intrinsic value can work in every place and thereby institute grace, completely independent of the profession which she practices and whether it concurs with her singularity or not. Everywhere she meets with a human being, she will find opportunity to sustain, to counsel, to help. If the factory worker or the office employee would only pay attention to the spirits of the person who work with her in the same room, she would prevail upon trouble-laden hearts to be opened to her through a friendly word, a sympathetic question; she will find out where the shoe is pinching and will be able to provide relief. Everywhere the need exists for maternal sympathy and help, and thus we are able to recapitulate in the one word motherliness that which we have developed as the characteristic value of woman. Only, the motherliness must be that which does not remain within the narrow circle of blood relations or of personal friends; but in accordance with the model of the Mother of Mercy, it must have its root in universal divine love for all who are there, belabored and burdened.” St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (19th-20th centuries)


“The world doesn’t need what women have; it needs what women are.” St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross


“The woman’s soul is fashioned as a shelter in which other souls may unfold.” St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross


“Whatever [your] vocation may be, it is a vocation to physical, spiritual, and moral motherhood, for God has put in us a tendency toward life…If in carrying out our vocation it should happen that we die, that would be the finest day of our life.” St. Gianna Molla (20th century)


“The woman is at the heart of the home.  Let us pray that we women realize the reason for our existence: to love and be loved and through this love become instruments of peace in the world.” St. Teresa of Calcutta (20th century)


“Sadly, though, we often see not the exaltation but the exploitation of women in the media.  How often they are treated not as persons with an inviolable dignity but as objects whose purpose is to satisfy others’ appetite for pleasure or for power?  How often is the role of woman as wife and mother undervalued or even ridiculed?  How often is the role of women in business or professional life depicted as a masculine caricature, a denial of the specific gifts of feminine insight, compassion, and understanding, which so greatly contribute to the civilization of love?” Pope St. John Paul II (20th-21st centuries)


“I simply wish to note that the figure of Mary of Nazareth sheds light on womanhood as such by the very fact that God, in the sublime event of the Incarnation of His Son, entrusted Himself to the ministry, the free and active ministry of a woman.  It can thus be said that women, by looking to Mary, find in her the secret of living their femininity with dignity and of achieving their own true advancement.  In the light of Mary, the Church sees in the face of women the reflection of a beauty which mirrors the loftiest sentiments of which the human heart is capable:  the self-offering totality of love, the strength that is capable of bearing the greatest sorrows; limitless fidelity and tireless devotion to work; the ability to combine penetrating intuition with words of support and encouragement.” Pope St. John Paul II


“Thank you, women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail.  This experience makes you become God’s own smile upon the newborn child, the one who guides your child’s first steps, who helps it to grow, and who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life.” Pope St. John Paul II