Greetings! This is the first narration for this library– a quick read by my intellectual hero, St. Pope John Paul II the Great (I’m sure he’s chuckling at such a long name now!). It offers an excellent introduction to the Church’s teaching on women and will surely spark some interesting thought and conversation.
For reading along, the printable version can be found at EWTN’s website.
My favorite quote:
The church sees in Mary the highest expression of the “feminine genius,” and she finds in her a source of constant inspiration. Mary called herself the “handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1:38). Through obedience to the word of God she accepted her lofty yet not easy vocation as wife and mother in the family of Nazareth. Putting herself at God’s service, she also put herself at the service of others: a service of love. Precisely through this service Mary wasable to experience in her life a mysterious, but authentic “reign.” It is not by chance that she is invoked as “queen of heaven and earth.” The entire community of believers thus invokes her; many nations and peoples call upon her as their “queen.” For her, “to reign” is to serve! Her service is “to reign!”