Part 3: Our Great Apostolate: Femininity
a) Femininity in a Nutshell
Femininity is simple being pretty the way God made you to be! I read an article recently in which Jennie Chancey (from Ladies Against Feminism) defined pretty as, "A mutually enriching balanced combination of beauty and projected innocence." Here is a deeper definition:
Beauty- The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest.
Projected- contemplated, devised, planned, a large or considerable undertaking.
Innocence- the quality or state of being free from sin or moral wrong, pure, guiltless, not involving evil intent or motive, being in the state of grace.
So what is femininity in a nutshell? It is the 'great undertaking' of deliberately maintaining a 'state of grace' and inspiring 'deep satisfaction for its highly spiritual qualities'.
b) Role Models
"Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Do not be led astray be diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace..." Hebrews 13:7-9.
Of course Our Blessed Mother is the ultimate model of Christian perfection. How true it is that we need to strive to imitate her and the saints everyday! A few of my heroines include: Marie Antoinette, Madame Elisabeth of France, Madame Royale, St. Elisabeth of Hungry, St. Gemma, St. Anne, St. Therese, Queen Beatrice the wife of King Ferdinand and St. Bridget to name a few.
c) Build Society
"The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world!" rings true more than ever today! It is apparent that the Revolution knows this from a letter between two Freemasons from 1838: "In order to destroy Catholicism it is necessary to commence by suppressing women...but since we cannot suppress woman let us corrupt her..."
The Christian family is the basis of civilized society and as such we must fight with every ounce of our strength to preserve it. This is not an easy task! In this sense women are at the heart of the battle for Christendom when we teach our children to fight against the perverse ideas that invade society today! Fornication, cohabitation, children born out of wedlock, homosexuality, "gay marriage", transsexual children and gender confusion, gender neutral restrooms, and more are out there trying to bring down the Christian family.
Do not give in. The Catholic Lady fights for Christendom by out rightly rejecting all that is evil, taking her place as the heart of the family, keeping traditions, social customs, and especially God's law.
Thanks for reading The Formation of Feminine Character series! Please let me know what you think in the comments below!