The Gift of Life

July 19

“The soul of a woman must…be expansive and open to all human beings; it must be quiet, so that no small weak flame will be extinguished by stormy winds; warm, so as not to benumb fragile buds; clear, so that no vermin will settle in dark corners and recesses; self-contained, so that no invasions from without can peril the inner life; empty of itself, in order that extraneous life may have room in it; finally, mistress of itself, and also of its body, so that the entire person is readily at the disposal of every call.”
– St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
 Today’s Reflection:
Like the Blessed Virgin Mary, woman is called to receive the life of God within her through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that she becomes a channel through which love enters the world.  A love truly able to aid humanity in not falling.  Like our Mother we must bring God’s word to His people, intercede before God’s throne for the sake of the world, and unite our sufferings to the Passion and death of Jesus Christ.  By so doing, we give birth to God’s life in others and thus fulfill our divine mission of spiritual motherhood.  This call is not for the fainthearted, but for women of courage, faith, perseverance, and hope.
In rereading that last line, how is God calling you to be a person of “courage, faith, perseverance, and hope” in order to bring God to others?
Reflection taken from Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life
by Johnnette S. Benkovic
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