“The one sole thing in myself in which I glory is that I see in myself nothing in which I can glory.”
-St. Catherine of Genoa
St. Catherine is not denying her gifts and talents, nor the graces that God has given her. Rather, she is recognizing that all that she has belongs to God and comes from God. To what extent do her words resonate with me?
Chapter One Page 19 The Special Call and Gift of Woman The Blessed Mother: The Perfect Model of WomanhoodJoseph Cardinal Ratzinger refers to this stage of Mary's motherhood as her becoming "a field for the word". To be a field for the word means to be earth which allows itself to be absorbed by the seed, which assimilates itself to the seed, renouncing itself so as to make the seed germinate. With her motherhood, Mary transfused into it her very substance, body and soul, so that a new life might come forth....Mary makes herself completely available as the soil, she allows herself to be used and consumed so as to be transformed into him.