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The Church has called women to be the stealth weapon of the twenty-first century

This article by Mary Jo Anderson,  Feminine Genius,  discusses the particularly feminine gifts of receptivity, sensitivity, generosity and maternity.

“The hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of women is being acknowledged in its fullness, the hour in which women acquire in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is undergoing so deep a transformation, women imbued with a spirit of the gospel can do so much to aid humanity in not falling” (closing message of the Second Vatican Council).

Critics of the Catholic Church frequently mock the Church’s insistence that women have unique gifts for the Church and the world. Indeed, Pope John Paul II’s exhortations to women that they employ their “feminine genius” to build a culture of life often are met with a chorus of dissent from within and without the Church.   Read more …

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