You are beautifully made – made in the image of God. One way to see and admire your own beauty is to know yourself. To know the ins and outs of your own heart: how did God create you to love, to be loved? How did He design you to serve? We are created with a purpose.
Aristotle said, “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your purpose.”
What are the talents and gifts that make you the woman God so beautifully created? What are the desires of your heart that set you apart? Why did God create you to love in certain ways? All of these things help to define your purpose. You were beautifully made.
The Church in its infinite wisdom calls women to restore love and peace in the world. In 1995 St. John Paul II spoke about the beauty of women – he called it the Feminine Genius.
He wrote, “It is thus my hope, dear sisters, that you will reflect carefully on what it means to speak of the “genius of women”, not only in order to be able to see in this phrase a specific part of God’s plan which needs to be accepted and appreciated, but also in order to let this genius be more fully expressed in the life of society as a whole, as well as in the life of the Church…
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 was able 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”!”
The Feminine Genius:
Women inject love to the world.
Women were made to be sanctuaries of peace and love.
The mission of women is to bring out the beauty of souls.
We need not look far for an example of the ultimate guide for our lives as women. We can look straight to our Heavenly Mother Mary. Let us think about this for a minute, Mary was no older than 15 years old when the angel Gabriel appeared to her.
When the angel came, she made the ultimate commitment – she said yes. Can you imagine making such a commitment at 15 years old? Mary was able to make that decision because she trusted God and knew herself – she knew God had a very special purpose for her life. She set aside her own plans to say yes to the will of God.
Throughout Mary’s life and the life of Jesus, she was portrayed as a woman of peace. She was a woman that pointed people to her son, the son of God. We are called to do the same. I believe the peace Mary bestowed came from knowing her purpose and her desire to live her life to fulfill God’s will.
We look back to the book of Genesis and the creation of man.
God created Male – Adam.
“The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. 16 The LORD God gave the man this order: “You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden. 17 except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you shall not eat; when you eat from it you shall die.”
18 The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.” Gen. 2:15-18
God created Adam to care for and watch over the Garden of Eden. God entrusted the responsibility of the male, Adam to lead and He held Adam accountable for the fruits of the Garden. Adam was designed to be strong and to have the knowledge of right and wrong. We see this in his accountability of the tree of knowledge. Adam lead with knowledge.
We also see that God designed Adam to have a counter part – a partner so he would not be alone.
“The LORD God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suited to him.” – Gen. 2:18
22“The LORD God then built the rib that he had taken from the man into a woman. When he brought her to the man, 23 the man said:
“This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of man this one has been taken.”*
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.” –Gen. 2: 22-24
We look back at the story of creation and one very key point about women is made clear in Gen. 2:18. God created a woman to fill the void in Adam’s heart. Eve was created to help Adam with his purpose.
Eve was created to follow Adam, to look to him for the knowledge he was given of the Garden of Eden. Eve was designed to love and be loved by Adam. Her purpose was to help Adam with the Garden of Eden. Her beauty was to fill the Garden with blossoms and blooms.
In our world today, we are faced with lies about what the role of women should be. We are told women should be treated equal to men in all things. Let’s be practical about this – men and women were created differently, they cannot be treated the same. The world has taken and twisted the truth that men and women are created equal. Though created differently, men and women were created with equal dignity. Both men and women were both created in the image of God and with purpose.
So what is our purpose as women – the true purpose of women? It is simple in concept – Our purpose as women is to be who God made us to be.
As St. Catherine of Siena said, “If you are who you were made to be, you will set the world on fire.”
Originally, men (Adam) were designed to be attracted to the peace and serenity of the women’s heart. God created women as sanctuaries of the peace and mercy, the ambassadors of love. Women were created in this way to serve as counterparts to men, to be pathways of peace and love for men to more fully know God. Just as Mary directed people to her Son, women are designed to direct humanity to the beauty of God.
Over time this has changed and women are no longer seen as the sanctuaries and ambassadors of love. However, this does not mean God is creating us with any other purpose than His original plan. We are still designed to point people to Him – after all, we are made in His image.
It is time we take back the image and role of women in the world. It is time we stand up for the beautiful creatures we were designed to be. We were made beautiful- our souls were made to shine and be the light to the world.
If we understood how beautiful we are, we would radiate before we even open our mouths.
So, how do we do this? How do we take back the role of women? How do we stand for our dignity?
Ladies it starts with us.
A thought to think about…
Think back to the Creation Story. Adam was created to care for and protect the Garden of Eden. He was created with great knowledge and strength to fulfill his task. God made him to have domain over all of the other creatures of the earth. His role was vital for the prosperity of the Garden. Eve was created to help and support him in doing so. Eve, the female was created to be the heart of the mission God gave to Adam, the male. Think about the Garden of Eden as the family, as the world. What are the roles of the males and females in the family, in friendships, in the world? Let us look to Adam and Eve and the way each were intentionally designed as our guide as women in our families, friendships, relationships, and in the world. What was Eve’s role in the Garden? What was the role of Adam?
We have the Church to help us- to guide us. The Church in its infinite wisdom has given us guidelines on how we live our lives to best hold on the dignity and purpose for why we were created. I can say without doubt that I would not understand and appreciate my own beauty if I would not have held true to the teachings of the Church.
I would like to challenge each of you to hold on to the depths of yourself. Keep the Lord close to your heart. Our purpose is to be the beautiful creatures God molded and shaped us to be. Our hearts and souls are so very powerful in leading people to Christ. Let us always use our beauty to point our fellow brothers and sisters to Christ. We are all going to be the light in dark places. I encourage each of you to seek the Church for guidance.
Seek God. Ask Him to show you the depths of your heart. Ask Him to reveal His will for your life everyday. Seek to learn more about yourself and how your talents and gifts help you to love and serve others.
My beloved sisters, you are each beautifully and wonderfully made.