Selections from Edith Stein’s Essays on Women

Greetings! This is a narration of Chapter 3: “Spirituality of the Christian Woman, Part I: Woman’s Soul.”

Please feel free to read along with EWTN’s generous online edition. A passage of pure gold (and could very well be a morning prayer, yes?):

The soul of woman must therefore be expansive and open to all human beings; it must be quiet so that no small weak flame will be extinguished by stormy winds; warm so as to not benumb fragile buds; clear, so that no vermin will settle in dark corners and recesses; self-contained, so that no invasions from without can imperil the inner life; empty of itself, in order that extraneous life may have room in it; finally, mistress of itself and also of its body, so that the entire person is readily at the disposal of every call.

Pope John Paul II’s “Letter to Women”

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!”