Save the peace of the world

May 31

“Reconcile men with life and above all, we beseech you, watch carefully over the future of our race. Hold back the hand of man, who, in a moment of folly, might attempt to destroy human civilization…Women of the entire universe…you to whom life is entrusted at this grave moment in history, it is for you to save the peace of the world.”

-Documents of Vatican II Closing Speeches, “To Women”

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Spending ourselves for others

May 30

“How are Catholic women to accomplish their providential role as spiritual mothers (with Mary) of the human race?

• They are to know Jesus from daily intimacy with Him in prayer

• They are to receive Jesus by often receiving Him into their hearts

• They are to love Jesus, by spending themselves in serving the needs of Christ’s children as they have never done before…

Love is proved by service. It is in spending ourselves for others that we mainly show our love for Our Lord…”

-Father John Hardon, S.J.

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To bring about salvation

May 25

“To bring about his salvation, all man has to contribute is his readiness to give himself up completely. The receptive, passive attitude of the feminine principle appears as the decisive, the positive element in the Christian order of grace. The Marian dogma, brought down to a simple formula, means the co-operation of the creature in the salvation of the world.”

-Gertrud von le Fort

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Mary-like women

May 23

“… I am confident that the Holy Spirit is sending down His gifts of fiery tongues on the Church today – all with the emphasis on the women. He is inspiring them to follow in Mary’s footsteps and do for the beleaguered faithful in our own day what she did for the infant Church in her day…But, I repeat, it will take Mary-like women to achieve this miracle of renovation of the Church of God.”

-Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

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