THE VALIANT CHRISTIAN WOMAN
A woman's true sphere of action is within
the family circle. He who would substitute anything else frustrates his true
nature, disrupts the providential plan of God and creates serious problems
for society at large. A woman's influence outside depends on her success
inside the family.
Satan knew the importance of the woman; he
struck at her and destroyed Adam and the human race. His tactic hasn't
changed. Today, mothers are losing their children to ravening wolves. The
mother is at fault; she is not religious enough to fashion characters strong
enough to withstand the seductions of the word. . .and, probably, the local
Church and Catholic schools who are failures in producing deeply religious
The great women saints of the Church are
unparalleled in character and achievement even up to the present; St.
Clotilda, St. Bertha and St. Catherine of Sienna would put any male to
shame. St. Brigid, Magdalene de Pazzi, Teresa of Avila, Jane Frances de
Chantal, Frances Cabrini, Mary Mazzarello actually put bishops to shame.
Even the great St. Francis of Assisi had to go to Clare for advice.
St. Basil, Gregory Nazianzus, John
Chrysostom and Jerome were nourished by deeply religious mothers. A preacher
as effective as Catherine of Alezandria is still to be found. The
Eucharistic Congress, a splendid celebration, is traced to the humble
Juliana of Liege. And St. Bernadette, alone, did more to restore Christian
zeal in France than both secular and religious clergy.
Women should never aspire to the honors of
becoming priests or bishops because history has shown their achievements
surpassing priests and bishops. . .unless, of course, they are so debased
that they want mere honors. So, Christian woman, play your Christian role
well for your role is indispensable for the welfare of the Church.
Venerable James Alberione