Today we have more freedom than ever to design our own little world,
but how trapped and empty we become!
However, we must also defend the Christian family against those who capitalize on absolute freedom by imagining themselves to be the masters of everything! This type of woman can have a romantic
Adopting a 'holier than thou' attitude is always a recipe
to destroy families. Picture by Norman Rockwell
But now we should examine the life of the good Christian woman inside the family. This woman is counter-revolutionary and lives a balanced life, combatting both sensuality and pride. This woman has two most distinct qualities:
First: She stays within the home. She accepts the protection of home life. This woman knows that the world is dangerous and extremely immoral. She does not fear the world, but sacrifices the world. Self-sacrifice is after all, primarily essential to the vocation. The good woman realizes the responsibilities of the home, mothering, teaching, planning, cooking, cleaning and maintaining order, and lots of praying. There are really endless responsibilities and obligations! The vocation of motherhood lies within the home and like all vocations requires us to take up the Cross and renounce the world. Perhaps we must venture out? Then let it be with eyes open to danger, a quiet spirit to protect holy chastity and a feminine apostolate of modesty and elegance.
The Christian family, across generations, offers tremendous resources
for the development of character and skill.
The family teaches sacrifice, a natural remedy for immorality and pride.
Secondly: the good woman respects her husband. She allows and desires her life to be formed with another. She chooses to cling to her marriage like St. Monica and receives the grace of perseverance. This is heroic. This quiet and modest attitude of the good woman far surpasses the individualistic idea of living a solo life and getting married for fun. There are women who will say the husband is stupid and lazy and they want to fight for the Church, leaving him in the dust! But where is duty to the vocation, the vocation that God designed not only for us, but to help our entire family to Heaven? The little prayers, sacrifices and duties of the good married woman when united to the work of her husband have tremendous potential because they act as two people blessed by God.
This good woman defends the Christian family.
"As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are....be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble: Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing." (1 Peter: 3: 6-9)