THE WOMEN WHO SERVED

“IN THE SOCIETY IN WHICH YOU WILL LIVE, you will have an intellectual duty to perform that is more important than ever. YOU OUGHT TO BE A WOMAN OF REAL WORTH, WELL EDUCATED, WITH YOUR MIND OPEN TO EVERY ARGUMENT FROM OUTSIDE. You ought to know how to discern among incoherent and varying ideas and systems that which is true or fruitful in each. The Fathers of the Church said that each of these systems contained ‘the soul of truth” that most never be allowed to die. Never be put off by words and always go beyond appearances. In this patient search for the truth and a habit of fairness that we ought to have toward others and their ideas, we need integrity of mind, clear judgment, and solid learning. You will gradually acquire these things, and you will do so more easily YOUR CONVICTIONS BECOME MORE CONSCIOUSLY DEVELOPED…..
DEVOTIONAL practices ought never to be anything other than the manifestation of what lies in one’s depths. We must first thoroughly grasp the truth that such practices help to enliven within. So, too, we must grasp the harmony of the Church as a whole, THE VITALITY AND POWER OF CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS, AND THE MORAL AND SOCIAL VALUE OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE”.

Sound like this was written this year? Wouldn’t we love to tell our daughters to develop in this way? Ask them to develop integrity of mind, clear judgment, and solid learning? Protestant and non-denominational mothers might say “THE MORAL AND SOCIAL VALUE OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE, but the thought is the same. Well, surprise, this was written by ELISABETH LESEUR, who died in 1914, and was a French married laywoman who is being considered for Sainthood. I believe she organized women to go out into society to help people and spread the word of Jesus Christ. Perhaps someone could look up her name and find out just what she did. So in 1914, women were asked to face the same thing our daughters and granddaughters are facing now.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY: GRACE, mercy, and peace be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son in truth and love. Amen (2 Jn 3)

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