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March 26, Annunciation


Radical feminists are not altogether wrong in their efforts to imitate men. Stein explains that in Christ, all “masculine and feminine virtues are united and their weaknesses redeemed; therefore, His true followers will be progressively exalted over their natural limitations. That is why we see in holy men a tenderness, and a truly maternal solicitude for the souls entrusted to them while in holy women there is a manly boldness, proficiency, and determination.”

New Feminism emphasizes the complementarity of men and women and equal worth of the sexes, rather than superiority of one over the other. These are primary themes in Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

Another important aspect of the “feminine genius”, as described by John Paul II in Mulieris Dignitatem, is that women are called to be mothers. Whether we live this out biologically or spiritually, we are called to nurture and protect, especially the weak and vulnerable, in all of our roles.

Our Lady was exalted above all of God’s creatures because of her humility and submission to God’s will. Aren’t radical feminists looking for recognition? Oh, the paradox! Dear Mary, our Mother, take us by the hand—teach us to embrace God’s will for our lives, so that we may be fulfilled in the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit!

Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN, is the Natural Family Planning Program Director.

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