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. — St. John Paul II, Redemptoris Mater
The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling — Closing Message of the Second Vatican Council 1965
I’d like to promo an event here in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It’s a series sponsored by Notre Dame Seminary, University Ministry at Loyola University, the Women’s Resource Center at Loyola University and the Loyola Institute for Ministry that will be held in Metairie at the Retreat Center of the Archdiocese of New Orleans on September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 2015, from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Five extraordinary women will be offering a series of reflections on the God-given dignity and unique vocation of women, as drawn from the wisdom of St. John Paul II’s 1988 papal apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women). Each part of the series includes reflection on the theology and spirituality of this document, as well as opportunity for prayer and discussion.
I cannot recommend this event highly enough. Full details can be found here: http://dzsj18.wix.com/noladignityvocation
I know each of these women, and can attest each brings a unique gift, depth, beauty and experience of the gift of femininity lived out in faith. Here they are: