I don’t buy into this vision of womanhood being presented by feminists, such as those who recently marched for women’s rights. Womanhood isn’t about self-reliance and non-dependence upon men. It isn’t about excluding the word “obey” from her marriage vows. And it certainly isn’t about declaring that her body is her own, and therefore she has a right to abortion-on-demand and free contraceptives. “I am woman hear me roar” is a misguided concept.
The greatest example I know of a strong woman is my mother, Rose Ann Smith. Her entire life was spent serving others, including me. We didn’t appreciate my mom and all her sacrifices growing up. But one of the greatest blessings of my life was having the privilege of taking care of her in her declining years. During that time, I saw a grace and beauty in her that I hadn’t seen before. Physically, my mom was a beautiful woman; but facing death with great courage brought out another type of beauty, a spiritual beauty.
Taking care of her also taught me something about serving others, that it is a joyful experience. The Bible says that even Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient. (Philippians 2:8) God commands wives to be obedient to their husbands, not to demean them but to bring them joy. Marriage is supposed to reflect Christ’s relationship to the Church. (Ephesian 5:25) What if the Church decided not to obey Christ? There would be no joy in the Church. Who wants to live a life without joy?
Another great example of womanhood is Mother Teresa. She gave up her wealth and position to serve the children of India. To serve children! She once said that Roe vs Wade had “deformed a great nation.” She called abortion “the greatest destroyer of peace today” because “it is a war against the child – a direct killing of the innocent child – murder by the mother herself.” Mother Teresa never turned away a single child that came to her for any reason.
Those are the types of women we need more of. Not the marching, angry types that we see on the news so often today. But the tender, kind, gracious, generous and, yes, humble types that were my mother Rose Ann and Mother Teresa.
For more of my thoughts on Mother Teresa, go to End of America?