Friday, October 17, 2014

The Hidden Traumas of Catholic Womanhood

 A few weeks ago I read a wonderful article by the FOCUS blog. Focus is a wonderful organization that stands for " Fellowship of Catholic University Students". I have been to one of their conferences and it was amazing, turned my life around for sure!

They had a wonderful article entitled "The Hidden Traumas of Catholic Womanhood".  Many people often think that women that are a part of religion are severely oppressed by their Church. In my own experience The Catholic Church gets a lot of criticism from others because women are not allowed to be priests, therefore many think that women are severely oppressed in the Catholic Faith. As a Catholic women I can vouch for the fact that this is wrong and misconstrued.

Before I share some quotes from the Focus article, I should explain my thoughts of the role of women, and why it is often misrepresented.
 One main Bible passage that is often put to play when talking about obedience, submission and
oppression is   Ephesians 5:22-33

"22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[b] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband."

I think people that read the first line of this Bible passage often stop at the "Wives, submit yourself to your husbands".That is unfortunate because the meat of this passage isn't until 25 where it puts pressure on the husband to love his wife JUST as Christ has loved his church. Ladies, that is BIG. 
Christ love is represented every time we look at the cross. He died for OUR sins and for OUR salvation, and a man is love his wife the same? That is HUGE!

I think this is a wonderful picture of a household. Christ bears the greatest cross of making sure everyone under him are taken of. The husband must provide for the family as well as protect it, AND help his wife with the children and managing the house hold. What a great support system the woman/wife has!

The FOCUS blog had a wonderful article, as mentioned, that they posted. the link is here. I truly encourage  you to read it even if it is only for a laugh :-). This is what we as Catholic women deal with; note; it is not oppression by the Church :-)

               Being asked how you feel about the oppressive male hierarchy in the Church.

       Watching your fianc√©’s face crumple in horror as NFP class murders any remaining shreds of     feminine mystery.

                                         People going postal over one little convent visit.

   Attempting to “actively participate” in Mass while sitting behind an NFP family and their swarm of aggressively adorable children.

                            Attempting to grow in virtue whilst dealing with crazy hormones.

Luckily the perks outweigh the traumas!

Knowing that you really are a beautiful, wonderfully made daughter of God, who requires no alteration, and you belong to a Church that will nourish you in this.

The incredible hope and joy that comes from belonging something that is so much bigger than you, but that you can see and touch and taste. Something painfully human, but also beautifully divine.

 And, most importantly, the beauty of completely, utterly, and irrevocably belonging to Him.

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